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Honda Launches Natural Gas-Powered Civic

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author photo by Jeffrey Archer October 2011

The most expensive Civic in Honda's lineup officially goes on sale later this month. Powered entirely by compressed natural gas, the limited-production Civic Natural Gas will start at $26,905 including destination when it goes on sale in 35 U.S. states on October 18.

Priced around $600 more than the outgoing natural gas-powered Civic GX, the new Civic Natural Gas starts $3,000 above the fuel-saving Civic Hybrid. It's also about $6,000 more expensive than the gasoline-powered Civic HF which is designed specifically for hypermiling drivers to squeeze every last drop of fuel from each tank. The natural gas powered Civic is also more than $10,000 more than the base Civic DX.

But the sedan-only Civic Natural Gas provides several benefits for its price premium. In addition to the exclusivity that comes with driving the only natural gas-powered car on the market, owners will enjoy a modified version of the standard Civic's 1.8-liter engine with special internal components designed to handle the higher octane rating of natural gas. The Civic Natural Gas also features Honda's ECO Assist system, which provides drivers with visual feedback promoting a more efficient driving style.

The Civic Natural Gas also includes a host of luxurious comfort and convenience options that help justify its extra cost. Standard features include a 5-inch, center console-mounted LCD screen, Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a USB interface for compatible music players. A navigation system is also available for an extra $1,500.

According to Honda, the Civic Natural Gas will be sold through about 200 participating dealerships. Customers purchasing the low-volume model will also receive a nationwide database of refueling stations, which will be necessary as few stations carry the alternative fuel.

But while the difficulty finding natural gas may turn away some buyers, those who live near a viable station will likely cut down their fuel bills considerably. That's because the current price of natural gas is hovering around $2.10 per gallon, which is far below the national average of $3.42 per gallon for gasoline, big savings considering the Civic Natural Gas gets about the same fuel economy as a traditional, gasoline-powered Civic sedan.

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