June 13, 2016 |
Allow your tears of sympathy to rain down for poor, dear diesel. Verily, may those tears be of Old Testament volume, sufficient to float Noah's cabin cruiser. The diesel pleasure car engine is a great idea that can't seem to catch a break. It looked as if the petrol crises of the '70s and '80s were going to finally popularize these economical, high-torque engines in this country, but then cold-weather starting woes and GM's lousy V-8 diesel conversion sentenced them to a protracted near-death experience.
May 22, 2016 |
Joe Lingle took my advice. He messaged me in 2013, looking for something with room for his tall frame but with great fuel economy. "Does a diesel fit the bill?" I wrote in my reply message, after he inquired about hybrids. "I know there's a whole less fuel/more soot conundrum there, but the Passat is a big, sweet, wonderful ride. . . . " Having owned a Volkswagen before, Lingle looked into it - and was sold. After all, new Volkswagens came with the promise of "clean diesel" engines.
April 17, 2016 |
2016 Nissan Titan XD Pro-X 4WD vs. 2016 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 4WD: Big trucks go head to head. This week: Nissan Titan. Price: $57,830 as tested (the base MSRP is $50,970). Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver says it offers "smooth, quiet torque" but suffers from "overwhelming flab and no ambition to be great. " Marketer's pitch: "The every duty truck. " Reality: A big boy with mostly good manners, though it belches audibly at the pump. What's new: The whole shebang.
January 31, 2016 |
Authorities now believe that a majority of the 4,200 gallons of diesel fuel that leaked from a generator spilled into the Schuylkill River, but are still confident that there is no threat to drinking water, fish or wildlife. Also, while the Schuylkill River Trail remains closed during the day, it has opened to the public in the evening, after cleanup crews have left for the day. On Friday, workers from Miller Environmental Group, the company contracted to do the cleanup, were still recovering oil from the river.
November 9, 2015 |
'High Country" seems like an apt name for a pickup truck that starts at $56,265. But then again, the test truck in question - the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 High Country fitted with a crew cab and four-wheel drive - is no ordinary pickup. It is a heavy-duty, top-of-the-line bodybuilder that allows you to carry five big boys and pull enormous trailers while lolling in a leathery, wood-accented environment. The test truck can tow 13,000 pounds if you use a trailer hitch, and pull 13,900 pounds with a bed-mounted fifth wheel.
October 23, 2015 |
Being a witch hunter is apparently harder than it looks. Playing one made even the venerated Jeff Bridges look bad: In "Seventh Son," the dude did not abide. Now comes "The Last Witch Hunter. " The title role goes to Vin Diesel, who can bench press more than Bridges but is likely to end his career with fewer Oscars. We fear for Diesel, and our fears are justified almost immediately. In the prologue, a flashback finds him in medieval Europe (some place called "Snowsylvania")
July 25, 2015 |
The national average price of diesel fuel fell below the price of regular gasoline on July 13 for the first time since 2009, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Thursday. EIA attributed gasoline's higher price to strong seasonal demand. Over the last six years, the average pump price of diesel was 34 cents more per gallon than regular-grade gasoline, according to EIA. Diesel commanded a higher price because of strong worldwide demand and the higher production cost of ultra-low sulfur diesel that was phased in between 2006 and 2010.
November 9, 2014 |
2014 Ram Laramie Limited Edition Crew Cab 4x4 EcoDiesel: Power, hauling and economy? Price: $59,010 as tested. The least expensive EcoDiesel version would be a Ram 1500 Regular Cab long bed Tradesman EcoDiesel at $29,945 plus $1,195 destination, Chrysler tells me. Marketer's pitch: "More towing. Fewer fill-ups. No compromise. " (In a deep, rugged, manly voice.) Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "supple ride and composed handling; strong gas V6 or fuel-efficient diesel V6 available" but not the "higher up-front cost and slower acceleration with diesel engine.
October 20, 2014 |
2014 Audi Q5 TDI Quattro TipTronic vs. 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d: Luxury and diesel together? This week: The BMW X5. Price: $72,475 as tested. (A base diesel model starts at $56,500, and a bare-bones rear-wheel-drive X5 can be had for $53,725.) Marketer's pitch: "The ultimate driving machine. " Conventional wisdom: A Volvo-loving friend of mine said the Eurozone competitors are a "we-car" (Volvo) versus a "me-car" (BMW). Reality: Pretty darn ultimate, I'd say. Catching up: In our last episode of Driver's Seat, we tested the Audi Q5 TDI, a turbodiesel version of the company's small crossover.
August 4, 2014 |
Brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi have always sold diesel cars on their home turf back in Germany. Mercedes, in particular, had success selling oil-burning diesels to Americans in the 1970s and '80s, before emissions regulations were tightened. Thirty years later, diesels are clawing their way back into the U.S., largely because of their fuel economy; better emissions controls, and cleaner diesel fuel. Diesels are now considered competitors with hybrids in the green car space.