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Diesel vehicles

Most new diesel vehicles are designed for commercial or heavy-duty use, so if towing or hauling are common for you, a diesel-powered vehicle could be a good fit.

Diesel fuel contains more energy per gallon than gasoline giving diesel-powered engines higher levels of torque.

Type hero Diesel Ford F-250 SD Lariat
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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Sterling Edition

1. Jeep Grand Cherokee

CarMax owner rating

4.4

Price range*$32,998$53,998
Estimated combined MPG22 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Solid off-road capability
  • Great powertrain options including a hybrid version
  • Comes with the latest tech

Cons

  • Size is noticeable during tight turns
  • Interior layout can be confusing
  • Some luxury features are only available on higher trim levels
2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4xe

2. Jeep Wrangler

CarMax owner rating

4.6

Price range*$40,998$86,998
Estimated combined MPG14 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3 out of 5

Pros

  • Supremely capable off-road
  • Plenty of customization options from the factory or aftermarket
  • Variety of engine choices
  • Removable doors and soft top or hard top

Cons

  • Steering can feel slow to react
  • Noticeable wind and tire noise at highway speeds
  • Offers less cargo space than some conventional SUVs
2020 Jaguar F-Pace 25t Prestige

3. Jaguar F-Pace

CarMax owner rating

4.6

Price range*$44,998$50,998
Estimated combined MPG17 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Impressive cargo space for its class
  • Sporty handling
  • Powerful drivetrains

Cons

  • Highway noise can be obtrusive
  • Complex controls
  • Decreased ride comfort on sportier S and SVR trims
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2018 BMW 3-Series 328d xDrive Sports Wagon

1. BMW 328

CarMax owner rating

4.5

Price range*$23,998
Estimated combined MPG34 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3 out of 5

Pros

  • Smooth and quiet ride
  • Upscale interior
  • Diesel power

Cons

  • Limited small-item storage
  • Tight elbow and shoulder room in the back seat
  • No Android Auto™ integration
2019 Chevrolet Cruze LT

2. Chevrolet Cruze

CarMax owner rating

4.3

Price range*$14,599$17,998
Estimated combined MPG31 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Choice of two thrifty engine options
  • Fun and dynamic handling
  • Impressive standard infotainment system

Cons

  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Noticeable jolt in the cabin when engine start-stop system engages
  • Front seats could be more comfortable
2019 Jaguar XE 25t Premium

3. Jaguar XE

CarMax owner rating

4.3

Price range*$19,998$25,998
Estimated combined MPG18 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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4 out of 5

Pros

  • Sharp handling
  • Ride quality
  • Wide range of available engines

Cons

  • Clunky infotainment system
  • Cramped rear seat
  • Unrefined engine stop-start system
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2021 RAM 2500 Laramie

1. Ram 2500

CarMax owner rating

4.4

Price range*$36,998$72,998
Estimated combined MPG(data not available)
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3 out of 5

Pros

  • Impressive engine choices
  • Rebel trim adds new off-road option
  • Useful trailering technology

Cons

  • Cummins diesel engine is noisy
  • High driver position may be challenging for some drivers
  • Fuel economy of only 15-20 mpg in actual use
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie

2. Ram 1500

CarMax owner rating

4.4

Price range*$26,998$54,998
Estimated combined MPG12 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Plenty of useful cabin storage
  • The benchmark light-duty truck for ride quality

Cons

  • Driver-assist technology only offered on upper trims
  • Small rearview mirror
2016 Ford F-250 SD Lariat

3. Ford F250

CarMax owner rating

4.5

Price range*$39,998$45,998
Estimated combined MPG(data not available)
RepairPal reliability rating 

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2.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Four-wheel drive is standard on most trims
  • Plenty of standard and available tow tech
  • Four available powertrain options
  • Spacious cabs that prioritize connectivity and comfort

Cons

  • Ride height can be a challenge on entry and exit
  • Downtown maneuvers will be challenging at this size

FAQs about diesel-powered vehicles

Gas engines can't process diesel fuel, so if you mistakenly put it in your gas-powered car, you'll want a tow to a service center to have it drained. Think of it like eating a toy car; your body is not going to be happy and you need to get it removed as soon as possible. To discourage this mistake, diesel nozzles are bigger than gasoline nozzles.

How we ranked this list

To create our "Best Of" lists, our analysts look at CarMax vehicle and sales data over a recent 6-month period, from September 2023 through February 2024. Looking back over a 6-month period allows for the highest sample size possible while also providing up-to-date pricing information. Some articles may include data points with lower sample sizes.

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RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy.

Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.

Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new and assume a full battery charge. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov for more info.

* Price excludes taxes, title, registration, and fees. Applicable transfer fees are due in advance of vehicle delivery and are separate from sales transactions.

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