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diesel only really makes sense in the states for large trucks that need the power and torque. In their current concept for cars and 1/2 ton trucks(ecodiesel and now ford has one) when you crunch and run the numbers it really doesn't do much for you. If you look at the 1/2 application dodge has one and ford will soon, but when you look at power torque is pretty good but not miles ahead of gas engines, and the towing capacity is less of other platforms in the same line up. While MPG looks good at the onset when you figure the average vs the high, and the fact diesel cost more in most places and then combine it with the fact the engines cost 3-4k more, you really buying a diesel to buy a diesel, as with the trucks that have them in half tons your essentially buying a diesel engine that cost more to buy, cost more to run and maintain and gives you less capabilities. As for car when you put them against comparable cars in size that have gas engines there really is no real advantage, plenty of smaller cars getting in the 30-40mpg range that run on gas that again are cheaper to buy and cheaper to run and maintain.
I think so many people want diesel to work just because it diesel, its different, smells, blows smoke, loud etc, kind of like looking at a carnival ride. Not saying diesel is bad Ive had 3 of them in trucks. I just think gas engines all around are more logical choice for most needs.