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4 Green Cars You Canít Ignore

Honda CNG natural gas car

4. Honda Civic Natural Gas

Why is the Civic Natural Gas the obvious peopleís choice for cars that run on CNG? Because itís the only new car that runs on CNG, a gaseous fuel that burns very clean. The Civic CNG, starting at an MSRP of $26,305, was awarded the prize of 2012 Green Car of the Year, issued at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Honda has been offering the Civic Natural Gas (previously the Civic GX) for nearly 15 years. But in a pitch for greater popularity, this yearís model was upgraded to feature more creature comforts, such as better interior materials, high quality audio and infotainment, and cruise control.

It requires a bit of homework to determine the closest location for refueling with CNG. But that research is rewarded with lower fuel costsóthe equivalent of about $2.00 a gallon in many parts of the countryóas well as greatly reduced emissions. While youíre conducting your research, you should investigate the controversial environmental issue of hydraulic fracturing or frackingóto form your own opinion on the subject.

Photo Credit:†Mariordo (Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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8:45AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

Thanks

8:22AM PST on Nov 6, 2012

i doubt if they would ever bring the last 3 cars to my country, at least not in the foreseeable future. so i guess its just the prius for me? hmm... will have to see what other car models come out early next year.

8:18AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

love the civiv and the volt!

7:23PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

My wife's Volt.....11000 miles, 25 gallons in 15+ mos....they've treated her very well......

still like my Honda Civic hybrid -- I think it can give most Priuses a run for fuel efficiency mpg, but am considering a plug-in Prius in my future...or maybe a Leaf with the Volt being our distance car......

1:45AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Thanks.

1:45AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Thanks.

1:09AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Thanks

11:56PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Thank you! But natural gas is NOT good!!!

11:56PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Thank you! But natural gas is NOT good!!!

11:35AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

I rather buy a VW diesel lean and mean, until there is a better option like a Golf Electric. I am having the solar panels installed already, that will be my eights VW.

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