No Break on the Price of Fuel - 2011 Vollkswagen Jetta TDI Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Vollkswagen Jetta TDI: No Break on the Price of Fuel

March 14, 2012

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With all the talk about the price of gas these days, you would think that diesel-powered vehicles might finally get their due. With their generally superior mileage, cash strapped consumers should flock to them right?

Well, that's not really happening. For one, the choices are slim, our Jetta TDI being one of the few when it comes to small sedans. More importantly, the price of diesel fuel has been rising right alongside the price of gas. The national average this week for diesel is $4.12 while a regular gallon of gas is roughly $3,83.

Add that to the higher cost of buying most diesels in the first place and it's easy to see why they don't get much attention. Then again, I much prefer driving our Jetta compared to most sedans in its class thanks to the ample torque, but that a hard idea to get across in a 30-second commercial.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com


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