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If you're interested in saving money at the pump, then you've come to the right place. We've listed eight excellent new cars (and two used alternatives) that offer diesel engines, so the cars on this list are able to squeeze more miles out of a gallon of fuel than a typical gasoline-powered vehicle. While it was once hard to find diesel fuel stations, diesel-powered cars -- and diesel pumps -- are becoming a lot more popular, meaning that you'll never have trouble filling up your new gas-saver.

Audi A3

The newly redesigned Audi A3 brings a compact car back to Audi's lineup after a short absence. The latest A3 is a sedan, however, instead of a hatchback, but like the old model, it still offers two enticing engines: a sporty 4-cylinder and a frugal 2.0-liter diesel. It's the diesel that especially catches our eye, as it touts 150 horsepower, a muscular 236 lb-ft of torque and an impressive fuel economy rating of 31 miles per gallon in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. Pricing is also reasonable, as the 5-passenger A3 2.0 TDI starts around $33,600 with shipping -- and there's even an all-wheel-drive option for shoppers in cold-weather climates.

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BMW 3 Series

The entry-level 328d is now BMW's most affordable diesel-powered model, thanks to a starting price of around $39,800 with shipping. Powered by a 180-hp 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, the 328d may not seem especially muscular -- until you consider its brawny 280 lb-ft of torque. Don't think that the 328d doesn't conserve fuel, though: It offers gas mileage ratings as high as 32 mpg city/45 mpg hwy. The 328d also boasts a wide range of standard equipment and safety features, along with impressive interior build quality. Best of all, it's offered in three forms: There's a rear-wheel-drive sedan for performance-minded drivers, an all-wheel-drive version for drivers who have to contend with snow and an all-wheel-drive wagon that adds a little more practicality to the model's lineup.

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Chevrolet Cruze

Although the newly released Chevrolet Cruze Diesel may start at a lofty $25,900 with shipping, the frugal sedan actually offers impressive bang for your buck. One reason is its powerplant: In addition to producing an adequate 151 hp, the Cruze Diesel boasts an excellent 27 mpg city/46 mpg hwy. The Cruze Diesel also comes with an impressive array of standard equipment, including 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless access with a push-button starter, leather upholstery, heated front seats and Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. Consider the Cruze Diesel to be an alternative to Volkswagen's popular Jetta TDI.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

The recently updated Jeep Grand Cherokee has added a frugal 240-hp EcoDiesel engine to its powertrain lineup. Fuel economy is a strong suit, as the engine boasts up to 21 mpg city/30 mpg hwy -- an increase of 4 mpg city/6 mpg hwy over the gas-powered V6. Standard equipment is also a strong point, as all Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel models include a remote starter, a power lift gate, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and 18-in alloy wheels. Unfortunately, the Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel's biggest drawback is cost. At nearly $42,000 with shipping, the Jeep rivals some premium SUVs from luxury brands. Still, we think that the Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel offers an excellent way to add a little fuel efficiency to the world of the midsize SUV.

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Mercedes-Benz GLK

We like the idea of a fuel-efficient SUV, since it combines carlike gas mileage with SUV capabilities and added practicality. That perfectly describes the GLK250 BlueTEC, which offers the same 2.1-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder as the E250 BlueTEC -- an engine that makes around 200 hp and a strapping 369 lb-ft of torque. It also offers standard all-wheel drive and fuel economy that reaches as high as 24 mpg city/33 mpg hwy. Best of all, pricing isn't too high -- especially for a Mercedes-Benz. The GLK250 BlueTEC starts around $40,000 with shipping.

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RAM 1500

Although all pickup manufacturers offer diesel power in their heavy-duty-truck lineups, only Chrysler brings a diesel engine to the light-duty RAM 1500. Dubbed the RAM EcoDiesel, it's powered by the same 3.0-liter engine that's in the Grand Cherokee -- a powerplant that's good for 240 hp and an amazing 420 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, the RAM EcoDiesel doesn't quite feel fast, but it does offer an amazing 20 mpg city/28 mpg hwy, which outshines any full-size-pickup rivals. If you're interested, expect to pay about $40,000 with shipping for the diesel-powered RAM, before you add any options.

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Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen's popular Jetta is among the most popular diesel-powered new cars on the market today. Just a quick look at the specs reveals exactly why: For a base price of around $24,500 with shipping, the newly updated 2015 Jetta TDI returns an impressive 32 mpg city/45 mpg hwy -- not bad for a car that doesn't include a hybrid powertrain or an electric motor. The Jetta TDI also comes in two alluring body styles: a roomy 4-door sedan with a surprisingly large trunk or an especially practical Jetta SportWagen with a huge cargo area.

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Volkswagen Passat

Although most of the Passat's midsize-sedan rivals offer available hybrid engines, the family-oriented Volkswagen instead boasts an available turbodiesel 4-cylinder. Easily capable of achieving its Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating of 31 mpg city/43 mpg hwy, the Passat TDI offers 140 hp and available 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions. It also boasts a reasonable starting price of around $27,500 with shipping, which is highly competitive with most hybrid-powered midsize sedans.

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Used BMW 3 Series

We're big fans of today's diesel-powered BMW 328d, which offers up to 45 mpg hwy, but we're even more enthralled by the 335d model, offered from 2009 to 2011, which managed to combine diesel fuel economy with high performance. In terms of gas mileage, the 335d certainly delivered, boasting an excellent 23 mpg city/36 mpg hwy, but the real strong point was performance: With 265 hp and an impressive 425 lb-ft of torque, the 335d could sprint from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in less than 6 seconds. The result was an enticing all-around vehicle -- especially considering today's used values, which are now hovering around $25,000 or less on AutoTrader.

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Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Although Mercedes-Benz is still offering a diesel-powered E-Class, we're especially fond of the diesel-powered E320 BlueTEC model that was available from 2007 to 2009. One reason is the engine performance: We were always impressed with the 2007-2009 E320's 3.0-liter powerplant, which combined a merely adequate 208 hp with a gargantuan 388 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy was also a strong point, as the E320 BlueTEC returned an EPA-rated 23 mpg city/32 mpg hwy -- a figure that's more appropriate for an economy car than a luxury sedan. The best part is pricing: While the E320 BlueTEC was a prohibitively expensive $52,500 back in 2007, used versions are now easy to find on AutoTrader for around $22,000 or less -- not bad considering the E-Class's wide range of standard equipment.

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