Posted Dec 3rd 2011 9:04AM
Named the 2012 Green Car of the Year by the California-based green car Journal, the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas Sedan appears like a daily Civic. The words “Natural Gas” on the trunk lid are all that visually differentiate it on the skin. The 13 years when launching its natural gas-powered Civic as a low-emission, low-fuel-price vehicle for public utilities and alternative business fleets, Honda is expanding availability to more shoppers than ever. The 2012 Civic Natural Gas conjointly can’t be had with a manual transmission, leather seats or sunroof.
The check automotive rode like different Civics. I felt road bumps nearly all the time, and also the interior, whereas roomy, wasn’t well-insulated against outside noises. Key advantages for buyers: Natural gas costs are often 35% but gasoline and also the automotive qualifies for high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane usage in many nations, as well as people who have did not give or recently rescinded HOV access to gas-electric hybrids. A giant drawback: Finding a convenient place to replenish when you are far from home. Honda’s massive news is that the navigation system within the higher trim level Civic Natural Gas model provides directions to places where shoppers will gas up.
The 1.8-liter, single overhead cam four-cylinders sounded strained once I pressed onerous for sudden acceleration. The engine, that could be a changed version of what is in different Civic Natural Gas, develops an equivalent a hundred and ten horsepower because the Civic Hybrid. However torque peaks at simply 106 foot-pounds at a 4,300 rpm vs. the 127 foot-pounds at an occasional 1,000 rpm within the Civic Hybrid. Trunk house is compromised by the 3,600-psi natural gas tank that sits behind the rear seatbacks, that don’t fold down. A trunk in an exceedingly gasoline-only Civic sedan measures twelve.5 cubic feet. There’s 10.7 cubic feet in an exceedingly Civic Hybrid trunk and simply half-dozen.1 within the natural gas model. A home refueling station, which is powered by electricity, contains a compressor that converts your home offer to the Civic-required pounds per sq. in. (psi).
NOTE — States where dealers have signed agreements with Honda for the 2012 Civic Natural Gas are: Arkansas, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington state and Wisconsin.
As in other 2012 Civic Natural Gas, there is a futuristic feel behind the wheel. It’s primarily because big digital speedometer numbers and different typical car gauge knowledge are clustered during a long, raised screen atop the dashboard in front of the Honda drivers. However with a beginning manufacturer’s steered retail worth, as well as destination charge, of $26,925, the 2012 Civic Natural Gas has the best starting retail price of any 2012 Civic models.