2013 Audi QS5

Which is a better premium crossover buy, diesel or hybrid

Both diesel and gasoline hybrid crossovers get excellent mileage, but excell in different ways. Which would you choose?

The 2013 Audi QS5 and the 2013 RX450h both offer incredible fuel efficiency for vehicles of their size and weight. Fuel efficiency comes with an initial purchase price penalty. There is no debate on that fact. It can be argued that over time, factoring in resale values, and guesstimating the price of gasoline over time, that a vehicle with a hybrid drivetrain, or a diesel engine, will pay the owner back. In the mainstream mid-size sedan segment each manufacturer now offers a hybrid. Without exception, each is slow. Without exception, the price premium is a significant percentage of the overall cost of the vehicle. However, if one moves up to the premium mid-size crossover market, the price premium is less important to the buyer, and the vehicles are not slow. In fact, they may even be the fastest available models from that line-up. There are two technologies that have matured to the point where they can now be considered ready for prime time. Let’s take a look at the benefits of each using the 2013 Audi SQ5 and the 2013 Lexus RX450h as our examples.


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It would be good to see a Diesel Plug-in Hybrid, and even better a turbine plug-in hybrid. This way, you could throw at it gasoline, diesel, cooking oil and heck, even hydrogen if it was available. But we won't see that any time soon unfortunately.
That is a good point.