Honda has been exploring with a few fuel alternatives besides the hybrid and all-electric powertrains. We’ve last seen of a hydrogen powered Honda Civic at the Los Angeles Center of Honda R&D Americas, now Honda is introducing a new natural gas version of the 2012 Honda Civic.
The 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas is equipped with a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine found similar in the Civic Sedan and Coupe models, but instead of a standard gasoline engine, the four-banger has been converted in the compression ratio to 12.7:1 (10.6:1 on standard model) to accommodate the burning of natural gas. The 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas is also come with a 3600-psi natural gas tank.
Fuel economy for the 2012 Honda Civic is EPA-rated at 27/38/31 mpg city/highway/combined, which is about 10.6 percent more fuel efficient than the outgoing model. To further enhance fuel economy and emissions, the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas also gets an ECO Assist system.
“To support growing consumer interest in alternative-fuel vehicles, American Honda is expanding its network of U.S. dealers which are qualified to sell and service the Civic Natural Gas to retail customers— expanding sales to 200 dealers in 35 states,” Honda said in a statement. “Previously, retail sales of the natural gas-powered Civic had been limited to four states – California, New York, Utah and Oklahoma.”
The sound of clean natural gas burning in vehicles seems tempting, but natural-gas stations aren’t available everywhere. It is more likely that these natural-gas cars are more suitable for organization and company fleets.
The 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas will go on sale next month at Honda dealerships nationwide, and with a starting price of $26,155, excluding a $750 destination fee.