Diesel vs Hybrid

The technologies for diesels and hybrids both offer strengths and weaknesses. By giving a gasoline engine an electric assist, hybrids become more efficient. But making the most of that gain requires a style of driving that makes the most of the hybrid's capabilities. Diesel powerplants have always been efficient, but their pungent exhaust makes one doubt the engine's claim to green status. However, today's diesels have been engineered to burn cleaner while still delivering impressive mileage. For this report, three pairs of vehicles that are roughly equivalent--except that one is a diesel, the other a hybrid--were tested at Popular Mechanics' Southern California test facility. The test results include data on acceleration, braking, slalom, sound levels and fuel economy.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 60-65
  • Serial:
    • Popular Mechanics
    • Volume: 182
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Hearst Magazines
    • ISSN: 0032-4558

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01000742
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 3 2005 12:46PM