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Diesel cars cheaper to own than gas models

Diesel cars cost less to own than their gasoline counterparts, according to research released in June. A study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that while most diesels cost more initially than gasoline-powered cars, they save money in the long run due to savings in fuel costs and a slower rate of depreciation. Here are eight cars, crossovers and sport utility vehicles that are better deals in their diesel versions, based on three years of ownership and 45,000 miles.

Mercedes-Benz GL Class diesel vs. its gas version

Price difference: -3 percent
Fuel cost difference: -20 percent
Depreciation difference: -46 percent
Total cost of ownership: $13,514 savings

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