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Best Diesel SUVs | CarMax

If you are a fan of diesel engines, you know that they're built to be proficient workhorses. Why is that a good thing for you? Well, if you are a weekend adventurer who likes to bring along a camper or boat, a diesel-powered SUV gives you the flexibility to load up your friends or family members with plenty of get-up-and-go leftover.

To help you on your search, we've compiled this new list of the 10 best diesel SUVs for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from September 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020. Please note that some of these vehicles are available with gasoline engines, too.

  1. Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Best Diesel SUVs Ranking: Jeep Grand Cherokee | CarMax
  2. Land Rover Range Rover Sport
    Best Diesel SUVs Ranking: Land Rover Range Rover Sport | CarMax
  3. Land Rover Range Rover
    Best Diesel SUVs Ranking: Land Rover Range Rover | CarMax
  4. BMW X5
    Best Diesel SUVs Ranking: BMW X5 | CarMax
  5. Jaguar F-Pace
    Best Diesel SUVs Ranking: Jaguar F-Pace | CarMax
  6. Mercedes-Benz GL350
    Best Diesel SUV: Mercedes Benz GL350 | CarMax
  7. GMC Terrain
    Best Diesel SUVs Ranking: GMC Terrain | CarMax
  8. BMW X3
    Best Diesel SUVs Ranking: BMW X3 | CarMax
  9. Mercedes-Benz ML350
    Best Diesel SUVs Ranking: Mercedes-Benz ML350 | CarMax
  10. Mercedes-Benz GLK250
    Best Diesel SUVs Ranking: Mercedes-Benz GLK250 | CarMax

If you're a Mercedes-Benz or Land Rover fan, you'll be pleased to see that those two brands make up half of our list of best diesel SUVs for 2019. Near the top of our list, both the Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are rugged beauties made for the outdoors. The diesel version of the Range Rover (known as the Td6 for 2017–2019) includes a diesel-powered 3.0L V6 making 254 hp and 443 lb-ft of capable torque.

On the Mercedes-Benz side, three diesel models are popular on our lots: the 2014 Mercedes-Benz ML350 and 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL350 are each equipped with an AWD diesel-powered 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine that produces 240 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. The slightly smaller 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 comes with a turbocharged 2.1L four-cylinder diesel engine. All three of these elegant crossover SUVs stand ready as daily drivers with an abundance of style.

The 2017 BMW X3 in the xDrive28d trim is kitted out with a diesel engine that pushes 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, while the 2017 and larger 2017 X5 (in the xDrive35d trim) are powered by a 255 hp, 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine with 413 lb-ft of torque.

For model years 2018 and 2019, the streamlined GMC Terrain is available with a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder diesel engine in SLE and SLT trims. The 2018–2019 Terrain also includes creature comforts like heated seats and a powered driver's seat in the SLE, or convenience features such as a power liftgate and a heated steering wheel in the SLT.

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