When it announced official pricing and fuel economy data for the 2014 Civic , Honda conspicuously left out any mention of the Hybrid or Natural Gas models. On its retail site, Honda still lists the 2012 model year for the Natural Gas, so we reached out to the automaker for some clarification.

Due to remaining inventory of the 2012 Civic Natural Gas, the 2013 model year was mostly sold to corporate and government fleets, and the 2012 still has a $3,000 gas card incentive that was introduced in October 2012. The 2014 Civic Natural Gas will get all of the same updates as the rest of the 2014 Civic lineup, including tweaked interior and exterior styling and some fancy new tech, but it will continue to use the five-speed automatic transmission rather than switching over to a continuously variable transmission.

No word yet on pricing for the 2014 Civic Natural Gas, but it will likely continue to be the highest-priced model of the Civic lineup when it goes on sale in February. The 2014 Civic Hybrid goes on sale at the same time.


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      kontroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      well at least a Tesla can be charged at home, where will this be charged...at a cow farm?
        Nick Kordich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kontroll
        When I was considering a CNG Civic at one point, I found there was a home charging station option that was going away at the time. Called "Phill" it tapped into the home's natural gas line, compressed it the gas and removed moisture from it. It cost $4500 before a $1000 tax credit They had discontinued it for a couple of years, then brought it back, then decided that home refueling is not recommended because of moisture contamination and the variable quality of residential natural gas. For more info, Green Car Reports has an article on home CNG refueling: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1088129_is-a-500-garage-fueling-appliance-the-missing-link-for-natural-gas-cars Here's a map showing the locations where the car may be able to refill away from home: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/natural_gas_locations.html
          Mart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Nick Kordich
          But as Nick's link points out, "In order to insure that your Civic Natural Gas vehicle receives CNG fuel with quality equal to or above the NFPA-52 and SAE J1616 fuel standards, Honda only recommends that your vehicle be refueled at a public commercial-grade CNG refueling station.-----The choice to use a slow fill or home refueling equipment, evaluation of the suitability of using this equipment, installation and proper maintenance of the equipment, and any damage associated with the use of this equipment, is the sole responsibility of you, the owner. If your vehicle needs repairs, is examined by an authorized Honda Civic Natural Gas automobile dealer, and is found to have contamination in the fuel system or damage to the fuel system as a result of using sub standard natural gas, your warranty claim for repairs may be denied."
          Mart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Nick Kordich
          Isn't the refilling time from a Phill station comparable with Level II charging on an electric?
          JB
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Nick Kordich
          Yes, it takes a CNG "Phil" station ~8 hours to compress CNG in your home at ~2-4 psi to 3500 psi+ and it takes enough electricity to drive 26 miles in a EV, but in the CNG you have not gone anywere and it is even harder to "charge" then an EV. I looked into CNG too and the EV wins hands down. Even in San Francisco Bay area there is not enough CNG public stations to make it worth it. A friend that has a CNG car said that he may only get 70-100 miles of range in a CNG at public stations because of expansion of heated CNG.
        threeclaws
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kontroll
        At home...from my gas line...with a compressor.
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      CNG "cars" are not very popular in the U.S. CNG is best suited for fleet use. Half the CNG stations are not even open to the public. And I am willing to bet that the half that allow the public to refuel.... most would require pre-registration to use, and/or only allow 9-5 M-F access. This is a very reliable sign of how H2 fueling will be done, and how FCVs will be stuck in niche vehicles and modest fleet usage.
        Marcopolo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        @ Joeviocoee It's a bit of a mystery why the US seems to have chosen CNG instead of the more widely used LPG, but both are preferable to gasoline or diesel.
          Mart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Marcopolo
          Not really. The US has a surplus of dry methane (natural gas) due to increased drilling for petroleum and hydraulic fracturing. ExxonMobil has larger reserves of natural gas than petroleum, and is not alone among the "big oil" companies. Propane and butane (raw materials for LPG, and a component of wet natural gas) exist in smaller quantities than methane. LNG and CNG are not as widely used as LPG (propane-used in rural heating and cooking) in the U.S. not because of the gas quantity, but because of the "L" or "C" aspect. OTR trucking is moving towards LNG, while city busses, garbage trucks, and cars might move to CNG.
        threeclaws
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        Where do you get that HALF the CNG stations in the US aren't open to the public?
      gibbs5988
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do they have CNG at most gas stations?
      Levine Levine
      • 1 Year Ago
      Using Natural gas or gasoline, the Civic Hybrid still depends on the stupid, sleazy, and slimy IMA hybrid powertrain.
        Pinhead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Levine Levine
        I know the great wisdom that is the internetz does not approve of IMA, but in real world driving, it is effective.
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, it's been available for many years now.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @groingo
        The CNG burner, yes. The 2014 model, no.
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          So are we announcing every 2014 vehicle now? Is the 2014, somehow different? Or could it be trying to drum up interest by pretending CNG/LPG is new and going to make happen the impact promised for so long
          DBrown
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          "ABG, like all yellow journalism, seems to want to "guide" the course of green vehicles" It could be just you. There was no mention of the CNG or hybrid Civics last week, so AB asked Honda, and was told those cars are coming in February. Hard to see that as a green 'agenda' IMO. More like natural curiosity. And this has been said a million times, but this is a blog and the standard for newsworthiness is...blah blah blah...
      Pat
      • 1 Year Ago
      This better not affect the cost of grilling!
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