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 |  Aug 28 2013, 1:01 PM

2. Not Always a CVT

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A CVT equipped car is hard to get used to. The constant buzzing noise of high-rpms and the lack of feeling a shift can be very irritating and unfamiliar. Sadly, most hybrids come with a CVT transmission and only one hybrid out there can be had with a true six-speed manual. CVT’s have also had questionable long-term reliability.

On the other hand, diesel models are available with a wide range of transmissions. Volkswagen offers their diesel vehicles with a conventional manual, or a high-tech dual-clutch transmission. Chevy’s Cruze diesel comes with an old-school six-speed automatic, while Mercedes uses a spiffy seven speed unit. You’re not forced to use a form of transmission you’re not familiar with, instead you can go with what you know and like.

  • Transpower

    So, just combine a Diesel engine with hybrid batteries and get even more efficiency….

  • Yoda

    Weight issues…diesels are significantly heavier tan the Atkinson gas powerplant

  • rockstar

    diesels are good but japanese diesels are better and more cleaner runing you guys forgot that !!!

  • Herman

    Just bought a VW Jetta TDI last month. (Bought the TOP of the line version for under $30K) Drove it from the middle of Illinois to the gulf coast of Florida on 1 1/4 tanks of fuel…cost to fill up my new ride was only $53 and I got a range of 600+ miles per tank. All while driving 70mph.

    Would also like to mention that a Jetta is NOT a compact car….it is the same size (if not bigger) than my inlaws Toyota Camry.

    Haven’t met a single person who has ridden in, or drove, my car that wasn’t impressed with its performance and handling.

    FYI, something the author doesn’t state is that, if properly maintained, a diesel will easily pass 250K on the odometer without issue.

    Why get a hybrid when you can get a diesel?!?!

  • Ron Ungerer

    And yet… Vehicles that CRY for a diesel have been left waiting… waiting… teased – then again waiting… The softer side Jeep models have gotten diesels several times for a couple of years – then the oil burners were no more!! Sold out of dealerships that sell and service hundreds of Cummins diesels in Rams & Mercedes in Sprinters – only to be clueless about service for the Mercedes and VM diesels in the Jeeps!!! The Jeep Wranglers which could really use the eco boost of a diesel – waiting, waiting!!! Oh, well, teased about 2016… AGAIN???