Best Diesel Cars and SUVs of 2020

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These Are the Best Diesel Cars and SUVs in 2020

Diesel engines have never been as popular in the United States as they have been globally. It’s challenging to create a diesel power plant that is both very efficient and very clean. To top things off, we’re still feeling the fallout of manufacturers’ attempts to shortcut that challenge several years ago, leading to consumers having even less desire to buy diesel-powered vehicles now than they did before.

There are diesel-powered vehicles out there, though – and they’re not all heavy-duty pickups. To give you an idea of what’s available, we’ve compiled a list of the best cars and SUVs that offer turbodiesel engines as an option. Some manufacturers, such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW, have decided not to sell diesels at all in the U.S. Others, like Land Rover, are adding diesels to more vehicles. A few other brands, including Jeep and Mazda, are testing the diesel waters.  

In most cases, a diesel engine will add a couple thousand dollars to the MSRP. It’s also typical for diesel engines to be available only within certain trim levels. This slideshow highlights the most affordable diesel option for each model, including the price of the trim level you'd need to buy to get the diesel engine as well as any additional fee for adding the diesel. We’ve also listed the EPA fuel economy estimates and the U.S. News overall score for each vehicle. 

Remember that the scores listed in the following slides were correct at the time of writing. Our rankings are constantly changing, so be sure to check out each vehicle’s review to get the most up to date scores. 

Read on to see the best diesel cars and SUVs of 2020.

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