Originally Posted by gsxr150
So far I'm not seeing that much of a savings in choosing the diesel vs. the V6.
Well, there's your problem...
You're comparing to the V6. You should be comparing to the V8, which is a more comparable engine.
The V6 and the Diesel are not anywhere close to equal in power and performance. You may as well be comparing a Ford Explorer to a Super Duty F-250.
The V6 is a family hauler. The diesel Jeep is a boat and camper hauler. You get the V6 to go to the beach with the wave runner. You get the diesel to launch your cabin cruiser at the marina.
The V6 will net you about 12 MPG hauling close to capacity. The diesel will still get you well over 20MPG for the same weight, with the ability to tow another half a ton available.