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June 15, 2018   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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Save Yourself the Headache This Summer: Drive a Diesel

Diesel drivers save money, helping to make summer vacations just a little more affordable.

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Relative to a gasoline model, the diesel option will save six miles per gallon in fuel while delivering more torque and extending driving range by 100 miles


a diesel SUV can move a family while saving 135 gallons of fuel a year even while towing a boat


Our typical mid-size SUV owner choosing the diesel option will save about $170 per year in fuel costs



Summer is upon us and that means families are packing the car for a trip to the beach, lake or cabin, or just to see family and get outdoors. There are just two more weeks until the July 4th holiday, the peak of summer vacation season. These days, more families are packing up an SUV or even a pickup truck than a sedan. Light trucks, which include most SUVs and pickups, outsell sedans almost 2-to-1. These are the vehicle types more Americans prefer as they can comfortably move a family and even tow a boat or RV.

While we are warming to the light truck segment, fuel prices are on the upswing. The U.S. Energy Information Agency tallies that gasoline prices are up about $0.35 cents compared to this time last year.

With more Americans moving their families into bigger vehicles, they should look at a diesel option. Owners of diesel models are already getting superior distance and fuel economy. As fuel prices continue to rise, diesel drivers will save money too, helping to make summer vacations just a little more affordable.       

Diesel offers more choices for consumers among all the alternative powertrain options in these vehicle types. In the coming year, more makes and models are expected to come with a diesel engine under the hood, including the most popular passenger vehicle in the U.S., the Ford F-150. Those that choose a diesel will quickly discover superior performance, driving distance and fuel economy.

Let’s take a typical mid-size SUV. Relative to a gasoline model, the diesel option will save six miles per gallon in fuel while delivering more torque and extending driving range by 100 miles. That means a diesel SUV can move a family while saving 135 gallons of fuel a year, even while towing a boat.

The American Automobile Association estimates that Americans spent seven percent of their income on fuel in 2018, up 1.5 percent from last year. The superior fuel economy benefits of the diesel option mean diesel drivers can absorb more of the anticipated increase in fuel costs. The typical mid-size SUV owner choosing the diesel option will save about $170 per year in fuel costs.

Packing up the family and heading out to the great outdoors can be stressful. Owners of a diesel option can reduce this stress by saving on fuel while getting to their destination faster owing to diesel’s superior efficiency and range. Thanks to diesel’s power and performance, these benefits are not sacrificed when towing the family boat too! More diesel options for U.S. consumers in the coming year will mean more choices for those looking to trade in the family SUV.



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