Published on November 7th, 2012 | by Nicholas Brown12
Honda Civic Diesel Achieves 65 MPG
It goes on sale in January 2013, but only in Europe. It is equipped with the i-DTEC Earth Dreams diesel engine.
It has a 1.6 litre, 118 HP engine. Despite being only 118 HP, it provides one of the key benefits of diesel engines, which is 221 ft-lbs of torque. It produces about the same amount of horsepower as most Civics, Corollas, and economy cars.
This is a front-wheel-drive vehicle that offers a manual six-speed transmission.
In the United Kingdom, it will cost £19,400, which is approximately $31,000 USD.
As I said in the beginning, diesel-powered vehicles can achieve efficiency comparable to that of gasoline-fueled hybrid electrics, but they have a higher initial cost. The Honda Insight Hybrid starts at $18,500 — although, it is not as efficient; it achieves 41 MPG in cities, and 44 MPG on highways.
You may wonder why it is not available in the US. Possible causes of this include:
- Higher taxes on diesel than on gasoline in the US. Diesel is used to fuel tractor trailers, which are needed to transport most goods throughout the US.
- Diesel cars have a reputation for sluggish performance.
- Diesel cars are expensive to buy, although their fuel efficiency and reliability benefits compensate for that. Americans often purchase lower-priced vehicles.
- Diesel engines have a history of polluting the air more than gasoline ones, although low-sulfur diesel technology has changed this.
Source: Gas 2.0