Are Diesel Cars Going the Way of the Dinosaur?

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In an age where auto manufacturers are shifting resources to electric vehicles (EVs), diesel cars might seem like a relic from bygone days. In fact, there is still a significant number of diesel cars in use — and in production.

During the oil shocks of the 1970s, many consumers bought diesel automobiles because of their superior fuel economy. In some places, diesel was even a cheaper option than gasoline. While things are different today, diesels still offer excellent mileage per gallon and are an option for long-distance drivers while EV technology advances and prices decline for buyers.


How Do Diesel-Powered Vehicles Differ from Those Fueled with Gasoline?

There is a reason diesel fuel, i.e. distilled oil, moves the big rig trucks as well as farm tractors and combines. Diesel engines are more durable than those that run on gas; they put out more power; and, as noted, they carry a vehicle farther gallon for gallon than does gasoline.

On the other hand, cars with diesel engines are more expensive than those with gas engines; their repair also tends to cost more. Gas-powered cars also respond more quickly and easily. So, the choice between the two centers on purpose and budget.

What Kind of Vehicles Are Common for Diesel?

Other than the 18-wheel semis and agricultural vehicles mentioned earlier, diesel engines sit in many sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pick-up trucks — conveyances that move a lot of people and/or cargo.

At the same time, many car makers still produce diesel-propelled sedans and these are still moving off dealer lots, albeit more so abroad than in the U.S. Still, the major auto makers are still rolling out new versions of diesel vehicles. While some sedan lines are being phased out, there is still an abundance of diesel transports available for years to come. 

What about Diesel Carbon Dioxide Emissions?

Ehile diesel engines burn less fuel per mile tan their gas-powered counterparts, the benefits do not necessarily translate to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This has implications for the future since governments the world over are cracking down on CO2 in the interest of fighting climate change.

In fact, little over a quarter-gallon of diesel yields 13 percent more CO2 than the same amount of gasoline burned. Unless there is a huge advancement in diesel technology that reduces that, diesel vehicle marketers will soon be hard pressed to make their case.

If You Like Diesel, Now Is the Time to Purchase

In short, diesel cars are still available but the trends are working against them. You might not find one you like at a local dealership but that need not stop you. Car shipping — to the dealer’s lot or to you directly — is a common and affordable service.

So, if you want to take advantage of the window of opportunity available, reach out to an auto transport service to take possession of your diesel vehicle while they last. 

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John Miller

John Miller is a cars enthusiast who loves writing anything related to automobiles. He is a passionate blogger writing for and other auto blogs