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The Cheapest Diesel-Powered Cars and SUVs for Sale


While they’ve fallen out of vogue in recent years, there’s no getting around the fuel economy advantages and charming driving experience offered by diesel-powered cars and SUVs. With EVs and hybrids gaining popularity, we’re likely in the twilight years of the diesel passenger vehicle. However, there are still plenty of affordable used options for shoppers. Here are six of the cheapest diesel-powered cars and SUVs for sale on Autotrader.

1. 2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Volkswagen has been selling diesel-powered economy cars in the United States longer than any other automaker, so it’s no surprise the cheapest diesel cars on Autotrader tend to be VW models. With an asking price of just $3,200, this 2006 Jetta TDI is the cheapest running, accident-free diesel car on Autotrader. Find it for sale by a private seller in Towson, Maryland, with 250,317 miles on the odometer. See Volkswagen Jetta models for sale

2. 1998 Mercedes-Benz E 300

1998 Mercedes-Benz E 300

Mercedes-Benz is another automaker that has offered diesel-powered passenger cars in the U.S. for quite a while. Sellers have listed more than 15 accident-free diesel Mercedes-Benz models for less than $10,000. The cheapest Mercedes diesel is this 1998 Mercedes-Benz E 300, with an asking price of $4,420. Find it for sale by a private seller in Eugene, Oregon. The best part? It can run on vegetable oil. See Mercedes-Benz E Class models for sale

3. 1997 Chevrolet Suburban 2500

1997 Chevrolet Suburban 2500

While we’re not including any trucks on this list, here’s a diesel-powered truck-based SUV that can haul your whole family and all their things while also towing your boat. A 1997 Chevrolet Suburban 2500, it packs a 6.5-liter turbodiesel V8; sure to offer plenty of grunt. The odometer reads just a hair under 300,000 miles, which leads to this Suburban 2500’s low asking price of $6,995. Find it at a dealer in Tucson, Arizona. See Chevrolet Suburban models for sale

4. 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

Though not in large numbers, Chevrolet sold a diesel-powered Cruze in the U.S. for two generations; the first for the 2014 and 2015 model years, and the second covering 2017 through 2019, after which Chevy discontinued the Cruze. The cheapest diesel Cruze on Autotrader is this 158,000-mile 2014 model. Find it in Waterloo, Iowa, with an asking price of $7,999. See Chevrolet Cruze models for sale

5. 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD

2005 Jeep Liberty CRD

Diesel-powered passenger cars have never fully caught on in the U.S. Case in point is the Liberty CRD (Common Rail Diesel), which Jeep sold for the 2005 and 2006 model years. Just five of these Jeep Liberty CRD models are for sale on Autotrader. The cheapest is this 2005 model located in Willoughby, Ohio, with 163,000 miles on the odometer and an asking price of $8,000. See Jeep Liberty models for sale

6. 2011 Audi A3 TDI

2011 Audi A3 TDI

The Audi A3 is a Volkswagen Golf in luxury packaging, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that, like the Golf, the A3 has offered a diesel engine in the U.S. A private seller in Greenwood, South Carolina, listed the least-expensive A3 TDI on Autotrader, a 2011 model. It comes with 135,000 miles on the odometer and an asking price of $9,500. See Audi A3 models for sale

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Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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