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Published on November 5th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Europe-Only Honda Civic Diesel Boasts 65 MPG

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, or in this case, the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. For 2013, the Honda Civic i-DTEC will boast a 1.6 liter diesel engine offering 221 ft-lbs of torque, and a 78 mpg rating on the UK testing cycle, which roughly translates to 65 mpg on the U.S. standard. Naturally, it’s only for Europe.

Going on sale in january of 2013, the new Honda Civic diesel will debut an all-new Earth Dreams diesel engine called the i-DTEC. As with all Civic models, this one will be front-wheel drive, and will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission. While the 1.6 liter diesel engine offers just 118 horsepower, the 221 ft-lbs of torque will allow for some spirited driving to be sure.

In the UK, this diesel Honda Civic will cost  £19,400 , or about $31,000 in U.S. dollars. That’s a pretty expensive car, especially a Civic, but I have no doubt Honda could bring the price down a bit if production were shifted to the U.S. Alas, for now this engine and Civic are destined only for Europe, leaving the diesel market wide open for a usurper like say, the Chevy Cruze diesel, to step up and claim a place at the table.

Realisticly, the Civic diesel’s mpg rating would probably be between 50 and 60 mpg on the U.S. testing cycle. But that would still make it competitive with hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius and the 2013 Ford Fusion hybrid. Alas, diesel also costs more in the U.S. than a gallon of regular petrol. But I’d make the jump to diesel if I could, especially if the Civic were offered with both a diesel, and hatchback setup like the one pictured above. Would you?

Source: Carscoop


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Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn't wrenching or writing, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



  • http://www.cellomomcars.com CelloMom

    Nice to see the Civic as a hatchback once again!
    If it comes to the US (in a few years) this car will be about half the UK price. I did some sniffing around last year, the regular gasoline 2011 Civic started at nearly $31,000 in the UK but was for sale starting at nearly $16,000 in the US. Cars are _cheap_ here!
    http://www.cellomomcars.com/2011/08/list-price-around-world.html

  • Jason Carpp

    That’s not fair! Why can’t we get a diesel powered Honda here in the USA? That’s crazy!

    • http://MrEnergyCzar.com MrEnergyCzar

      Maybe it has to do with emission laws….

      MrEnergyCzar

  • remo

    I wonder if we could get one of these in Ontario, Canada!!! But I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  • http://MrEnergyCzar.com MrEnergyCzar

    Why can’t these super efficient cars come to the states? Is it illegal?

    MrEnergyCzar

    • T Adkins

      It used to be that the US did not have the ultra low sulfur diesel available at the pumps inside of the US to make the newer diesel run properly, but as the worlds largest exporter of low sulfur diesel I wonder if that is still the case.

      When the diesel smart car was just being sold in Canada when you bought the car you had to sign a legal document that said you would not be taking the car and selling it in the US.

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  • http://www.musconetcong.org Bill Leavens

    If it looks anything like the picture, if they have a 2 door hatchback with a diesel and 5 speed, I am definitely a buyer. Especially if there is an SI version. But I ain’t holding my breath. For whatever reason, ‘Americans don’t buy diesels.’ Hogwash. I do.

  • ANONYMOUS

    CAN THERE BE A MILITARY COUP AGAINST CORRUPT POLICE THAT ENFORCE CORRUPT EVIL LAWS MADE BY CORRUPT EVIL CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT AND SUPREME COURT ARE ALL CORRUPT WORSE THAN ANY CRIMINAL IN ANY PRISON ON THIS PLANET EARTH: WHY IN GOD’S NAME DOES NOT ANY GENERAL IN PENTAGON MAKE A COUP ? THERE NEEDS TO BE A COUP AGAINST CORRUPT US GOVERNMENT IS AS CORRUPT AS ANY MAFIA ORGANIZATION EXCEPT LARGER WHERE THE COPS ARE MAFIA AGENTS: IF THE GENERALS DO NOT DO COUP THEN THESE GENERALS ARE EITHER CORRUPT AS CORRUPT POLICE OR/AND STUPID AS THE STUPID POLICE, SEEM TO HAVE VERY LOW IQ AND WOULD EXPLAIN WHY POLICE ENFORCE STUPID LAWS WHERE ONLY POSSIBLE EXPLANATION IS EITHER POLICE R STUPID OR EVIL ? ALL GENERALS IN EVERY COUNTRY NEED TO MAKE COUP AGAINST CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS CONTROLLED BY ROTHSCHILDS ARE EVIL. ALL BRANCHES OF THE US GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT INCLUDING ALMOST ALL THE POLICE ARE CORRUPT TO ENFORCE STUPID LAWS BECAUSE ME WANT DIESEL VERSION OF THE CROSS-TOUR IN V4 AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE, INCLUDING FOR OUT-LAW AND BAN OF THE EVIL PROPERTY TAX, IS ANOTHER STUPID AND EVIL LAW: WHY IN GOD’S NAME DO THE POLICE ENFORCE STUPID LAWS, SUCH AS ALSO ALIMONY & CHILD SUPPORT & PICKING DOG POOP & NOT ALLOWING MORE THAN FOUR PUPPIES NOR LETTING HOME BUSINESS EITHER ? INCLUDING PARKING METER & PARKING TOLL OUGHT TO BE ILLEGAL. THE ONLY LEGAL TAX IS SALES TAX: ALL OTHER TAXES R IMMORAL !

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