Diesel-powered cars and trucks are big business in Europe, where they enjoy a greater than 50 percent market share and are praised for their torque and fuel efficiency. In the United States, many still have a perception that diesel cars are loud, smelly, polluting and unreliable, but in the modern era, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Here are our top 10 picks for the best diesel models you can buy on these shores.
One segment where Americans have always loved their diesels is in the world of heavy-duty trucks, where ludicrous torque numbers and the benefits of exhaust braking help tow heavy loads and generally get the job done. In the HD world, we prefer Ford's offerings, which pack a 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel with no less than 365 horsepower and 860 (!) lb-ft. of torque. That is enough for a 26,500-pound towing capacity, and with a fuel tank size of up to 37.5 gallons, you won't need to stop to fill up too often.