5. Proven reliability
Diesel powered vehicles have been around for a long time, as both commercial vehicles and in the past ten years, even race cars. They’ve seen a ton of miles, and the long-term reliability and durability of a diesel engine is no concern (though arguably the same can’t be said of the entire car).
Compare that to endless questions of battery longevity in hybrids, not to mention the costs associated with maintaining or replacing hybrid components and a diesel powered vehicle offers plenty of built-in peace of mind.
While Toyota’s Prius is known to be a reliable system, other hybrid systems are still in their infancy and have been reported with some problems. Consumer Reports had nothing nice to say about the reliability and performance of the Honda Civic Hybrid, for example.