For years, when people told me they were thinking of getting a Toyota Prius, I told them to consider one of Volkswagen’s Clean Diesels instead. Torque, efficiency and cleanliness — what’s not to love?

Well, look how that turned out.

I feel like this is a good moment for Prius and other hybrid owners to spike the football just a bit, since they had the TDIs beat on emissions all along. Readers like MoreBikesThanBrains, for instance:

I drive a Prius. Does this negate every single “shoulda bought a diesel bro” comment on Jalopnik I’ve been forced to read over the past 10 years?

Go ahead and gloat, bro. Go ahead and gloat.


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