Starting on Oct. 18, Honda will offer the all-new 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas at 200 dealers in 38 states. This is the only natural gas production car to be made and sold in the U.S. This alternative energy vehicle is priced from $26,155. Powering the Civic Natural Gas is a modified version of the same 1.8-liter engine that’s used in the petrol Civics.
The Civic Natural Gas is more efficient than the regular Civic at 27 city and 38 highway but it can’t compare with the 44 mpg achieved by the Honda Civic Hybrid.
Priced from $24,800, the Civic Hybrid isn’t as expensive as the Natural Gas variant. In its press release, Honda said that the Civic Natural Gas dramatically reduces operating costs and fuel costs since natural gas at gas stations have historically cost around 30% less per gallon than gasoline.
In addition, the Civic Natural Gas’ engine has nearly zero smog-forming emissions. It is the cleanest internal-combustion engine that EPA has certified (Tier-II, Bin-2, ILEV certification). In fact, it earned a state-issued decal that permits single-occupant access on the HOV lane in numerous states including California.
The Civic Natural Gas gives you a variety of benefits such as significantly lower operating costs when compared to gasoline and reduced fuel costs. Natural gas bought at public fueling stations has always been around 30% cheaper than gasoline.
The Civic Natural Gas uses alternative fuel that has very low emissions, helping it qualify for access to the High Occupancy Vehicle carpool lanes in several states such as California. The Civic Natural Gas engine leaves almost no smog-forming emissions and is regarded as the cleanest internal combustion car by the EPA. It received its Tier-II, Bin-2 and ILEV certification in August 2010.
The redesigned 2012 Civic Natural Gas has new styling, increased performance and better fuel efficiency. It can be equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System that brings to you an exclusive database of compressed natural gas refueling stations throughout the United States.
The new Civic features the new smart Multi-Information Display that gives you a convenient platform that integrates vehicle information, personal electronics and a 5-inch color LCD monitor as well as intuitive controls right on the steering wheel. This equipment comes standard in all models, including the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink to help you connect smartphones to your car’s infotainment system and a USB audio interface that brings your own music player into the mix.
The Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe give you a 1.8-L four-cylinder engine with a five-speed automatic transmission. The new models have an EPA rating of 27 mpg, 38 mpg, and 31 mpg city, highway, and combined fuel economy. This shows an improvement of 12.5 percent for city driving over previous models, and 5.5 percent for highway drivings. Plus, the 2012 Civic NAtural Gas has 10.7 percent better fuel economy and range over previous models for combined city and highway driving. You can also get the Honda ECO Assist system. This state of the art technology improves the car’s operational efficiency with just a simple press of a button. It also gives you visual feedback to help encourage a more efficient driving style.
The new Civic Natural Gas also brings together top-notch features to work exclusively on compressed natural gas. This increases the compression ratio to 12.7:1 from the 10.6:1 compression you see on the Civic Sedan’s engine. These exclusive elements such as the fuel injectors, valve seats, and intake and exhaust valves are particularly designed to take advantage of natural gas’ unique properties. Reinforced connecting rods, special pistons and a stronger crankshaft are also employed to help handle the higher compression ratio and the higher fuel octane rating.