Diesel or not to diesel, that is the question. From the Volkswagon Jetta Sportswagon TDI and Diesel Jean, to the Toyota Prius and Levi's Jeans. Which do you fall behind?
Powered by a 2.0-liter four-banger that produces 140 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque, it will be the first automobile to meet the world’s most stringent emission control standards, California’s Tier II, Bin 5. Gas mileage is between 30-city and 50-highway (depending on driving style). 50 state legal and environmentally safe, it emits only nitrogen and h2o. A sporty feeling drive, it beats the Prius off the line and in getting a real car feeling. (2009 Volkswagon Sportwagon pictured on left)
Diesel Jeans are high priced but the designer jeans are as popular as ever. There's just something about the feel, quality and look of them. Girlfriends and wives buy them for their men when budget is not a concern. Designed in Italy but currently being manufactured in various countries including Italy, they have a high quality control regiment and is one of the reasons they are a favorite. They offer from very casual distressed and destroyed looks to conservative but stylish looks. Particular models are nice enough to wear to the office then casually on the weekend. Other premium brand jeans are 7 For All Mankind, True Religion, Rock&Republic and others. (2009 ad pictured on right)
(Levi's 527 Raw Cut pictured)
As for the 2010 Toyota Prius. Is the TDI a Prius-killer? I personally think so but if you want an engine that you can sneak quietly back into the house with get the Prius. If you don't have the need for a driver's car with really good gas mileage, then it's a valid contender. The question becomes, "Is it the diesel or the hybrid?" Using a very small gas engine in conjunction with a battery array, the Prius is quiet as a mouse off the line and uses it gas engine for higher speeds (2010 Toyota Prius on the right)