When the Hybrid became mainstream with the help of certain celebrities, we assumed car manufacturers were going to help improve the technology, along with making these more fuel-efficient vehicles cheaper. However, things have not gone that way for various reasons, and the different 2013 Honda Civic models are a fine example of this.
You would assume that the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid in the USA would be the most fuel-efficient model with its 44 mpg city figures. However, the European diesel model has a return of 55-60 mpg, even though Honda believes you can achieve 63 mpg.
Whatever, way you look at it the 2013 Honda Civic variant is far better than the hybrid model, which seems very strange indeed. For a company who has invested a lot of effort into its hybrid program, it seems strange that an oil burner can achieve far better results.
So why isn’t this 2013 Honda Civic diesel available in the US? It’s obvious that drivers in the USA are unhappy that they are unable to get their hands on these more fuel-efficient models, when their European counterparts can. The sad truth is, we’re told that we shouldn’t expect it to ever come to the states because while it conforms to Euro 5 emissions-ratings, it doesn’t come with urea injection it will never pass U.S. emissions regulations for diesel powered vehicles.
The body style is also different compared to that of the American version, and so may not pass tough U.S. crash safety regulations. It does show how far the US has come over the years, as their cars were never the safest on the roads. Having said that, they were never fuel conscious either, and so 44 mpg is nothing to quibble over.
Honda has done some amazing work with their diesel technology over the years, and so it would be nice for them to apply more technology in the hope of improving hybrid, although electric vehicles seems to be the future, if they can resolve the battery issues.