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Diesel Cars

First drive: 2020 GMC Sierra 3500 Denali eclipses its former self
First drive: 2020 GMC Sierra 3500 Denali eclipses its former self

Until the GMC Hummer EV makes its debut in the fall, the 2020 GMC Sierra Denali Heavy Duty pickup truck totes the truckmaker’s banner as a flagship. It’s suited to the task. Up to three tons of anything can be heaved into its boxy rear bed, or it can tow up to 15 tons—roughly...Read More»

2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel
2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel first look: more grunt, more miles

The pairing was highly eventual, but also highly anticipated. On Friday, Jeep announced that its 2021 Gladiator pickup would be available with an optional 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 plucked from the Ram 1500 pickup and Wrangler SUV. In the Gladiator, the turbodiesel will make 260 horsepower and 442...Read More»

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014
Ram recalls more than 100,000 diesel pickups for fire risk

More than 100,000 diesel-powered Ram pickups will be recalled for an increased risk of fire, the truckmaker announced last month. Ram says it will recall 2014-2019 Ram 1500 trucks equipped with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine for an issue with the engine that could lead to a fire. Ram said 107,979...Read More»

2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
Power, efficiency, reality all catch up with 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

For 2020, Ram isn’t letting off the gas—or maybe I should say “accelerator.” The 2020 Ram 1500 marks the return of the EcoDiesel engine under the hood of the automaker’s light-duty pickup truck. With a $4,995 price premium (or $3,000 over the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD
Lawsuit alleges GM sold heavy-duty trucks that couldn't reliably run on US diesel fuel

Some truck owners say General Motors knowingly used a defective fuel pump in many heavy-duty pickups and vans that could erode and pump metal shavings through engines, according to a lawsuit filed this month. The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Detroit, is the continuation of several...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Equinox
Chevy shelves slow-selling diesel Equinox model for 2020

Chevy won't sell a turbodiesel-powered Equinox crossover for 2020, the automaker confirmed this week. Chevrolet spokesman Kevin Kelly told The Car Connection on Thursday that the slow-selling model won't return. "We did discontinue the diesel engine option in the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox due to low...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD first drive
First drive: Heavy-duty diesel hauls 2020 Chevy Silverado HD to the front of the class

In the vast sweep of the country outside of cities, where the deer and the antelope play, Americans use heavy-duty trucks to tow their livelihoods and their toys. They are wealthy, they are working class; they tow fifth-wheel campers and gooseneck trailers; they tow race cars and watercraft, garage...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax diesel is the quiet-talking, big bet by GM

Chevy’s first light-duty diesel pickup comes just as the truckmaker slides into third place behind Ford and Ram in the lucrative race for more and more truck buyers. Through May 2019, Ram relegated Chevy from its longtime perch at No. 2, a relative blow to the bowtie brand whose second-place...Read More»

2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
Torque-heavy 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel detailed

The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel finally made its debut, staking its ground as the light-duty diesel pickup heavyweight. Ram revealed the pickup with the version of its 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engine, which now makes 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. The latter figure is often what matters...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Silverado with turbodiesel engine
2020 Chevrolet Silverado turbodiesel engine priced from $42,285

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado's new turbodiesel will command the same price premium over other engines as the optional 6.2-liter V-8 also available under the pickup truck's hood. On Monday, Chevrolet said the 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel inline-6 engine will cost $3,890 for trucks originally...Read More»

2019 Land Rover Discovery Td6
Review update: 2019 Land Rover Discovery Td6 smooths off-roader's rougher edges

Diesel powertrains might be on the ropes, but what’s left hits like a freight train. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 is one of the last left standing due to its outstanding applications including the three-row 2019 Land Rover Discovery TD6. For some, the smoother lines of this...Read More»

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014
Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ram 1500 diesel owners eligible for up to $3,075 in settlement

Owners of Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 models fitted with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engine will be eligible for up to $3,075 because their vehicles did not comply with federal emissions regulations. A federal judge on Friday approved the $307.5 million between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel engine nabs best-in-class power figures

The new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 funneled into dealerships last year, but this summer, the pickup will offer a light-duty diesel engine for the first time in over a decade—and it earns bragging rights for topping Ford and Ram. Chevrolet confirmed this week that the 2019 Silverado's...Read More»

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, Catskill Mountains, NY, Jan 2014
Fiat Chrysler to pay $800M to settle diesel emissions suits, fix vehicles

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay more than $800 million to settle lawsuits filed by the U.S. Department of Justice and states, and to fix vehicles fitted with a diesel V-6 engine that used illegal software to pass federal emissions standards. FCA said Thursday that the total is on par with the...Read More»

2017 BMW X3
BMW to recall 44,000 diesel cars, crossover SUVs in U.S.

A coolant leak that could lead to a fire prompted BMW to recall about 1.5 million cars globally, including about 44,000 in the U.S. The recall addresses a faulty exhaust gas recirculation component that's part of the emissions and cooling system in diesel-fueled BMWs. In South Korea, officials...Read More»

2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance
BMW pulls the plug on diesels in US in favor of plug-in hybrids

UPDATE: BMW has clarified its statement to The Car Connection in an email. "The final decision as to whether or not the BMW X5 diesel variant will come to the U.S. market has not been made. BMW of North America continues to monitor customer preferences and is prepared to adjust the product...Read More»

2018 Mazda CX-5
2018 Mazda CX-5 diesel certified by EPA at 29 mpg combined

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 diesel is one step closer to arriving in showrooms. In certifying the 2018 CX-5 diesel for sale in the U.S., the EPA said that it is rated at 28 mpg city, 31 highway, 29 combined with front-wheel drive. With all-wheel drive, the CX-5 diesel is rated at 27/30/28 mpg. Those...Read More»

2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke
2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke first drive: the uncertain diesel pickup truck

Dark clouds above. Snow flurries falling. Gloomy view ahead. Seat heater engaged. It may be the end of April, but Colorado Highway 72—known locally as Coal Creek Canyon Road—isn’t ready for spring. The diesel-fueled 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke I’m piloting up this winding...Read More»

2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke
2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel rated at 30 mpg highway, with a big catch

A new turbodiesel V-6 gives the rear-wheel drive 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel fuel economy akin to a mid-size sedan, but the four-wheel drive version is much thirstier. Ford said Thursday that the EPA rates the rear-wheel-drive diesel pickup at: 22 mpg city, 30 highway, 25 combined. The...Read More»

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