Just as the name suggests, Honda Civic Natural Gas is a variant of the popular Civic model from Honda which runs on cleanest burning fossil fuel of earth. Even though it is a bit slower, heavier and more expensive than standard Civic models, it still appeals to a lot of buyers. The main reason for this are low ownership cost and an impressive green credentials.
Honda Civic Natural Gas Updates in Exterior and Interior
Latest model of this vehicle is distributed in as many as 37 states. This brings the model a step closer to mainstream models. Just like rest of Civic models, Natural Gas model also recently got updated in lower bumper with chrome accents, clear lens corner lights, more sculpted hood and black honeycomb mesh grille. At the back, it gets a new bumper along with lower diffuser panel having honeycomb mesh vent.
Other than that, this gets updates in the cockpit. Redesigned air vents and a new center stack gives dashboard more cohesive feel. Also, soft touch materials have been added at top of instrument cluster and to door panels. Some NVH related tweaks result in a quieter interior. These tweaks include thicker side window glass and windshield, a sub frame which is stiffer and materials in trunk, floor and doors that are sound deadening.
Standard options offered in Honda Civic Natural Gas include 15 inch alloy wheels, rear view camera, tire repair kit, daytime running lights, power mirrors, tire pressure monitoring system and remote keyless entry. Other features offered with this car includes navigation system, automatic climate controlled, leather upholstered seats, side mirrors, heated front seats, steering wheel that is leather wrapped, a 160 watt six speaker stereo system and XM Radio. The navigation system also has a database of CNG stations.
Safety features included with this vehicle are in dual stage, two row side curtain airbags, multiple threshold airbags for front passenger and driver, VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist), ABS ( anti-locking braking) with Brake assist.
Honda Civic Natural Gas Engine Specs and Performance
The CNG burning engine of Honda Civic Natural Gas is what separates it from other models of Civic lineup. It is a 1.8 litre four cylinder engine that generates 110 HP along with 106 lb ft of torque. This is 30 HP and 22 lb ft less than that of standard, gas powered model of Civic. Another noticeable difference in powertrain department of this vehicle is the lack of availability of manual gearbox, with standard 5 speed auto transmission being the only transmission available.
This vehicle has a fuel economy of 27 mpg on city roads and 38 mpg on highway. This is a bit lower than gasoline model. However, natural gas is significantly cheaper than conventional fuel, which helps customers to save a lot of money over time. CNG variant of standard sedan is designed to have aerodynamic features like under body construction and aerodynamic strakes that help in improving fuel economy.
Honda Civic Natural Gas Price and Availability
The current model of Honda Civic Natural Gas is already available in market with a price tag of $26,000 approximately.