|2007 Civic GX.|
American Honda Motor announced the availability of the natural-gas-fueled 2007 Honda Civic GX for the New York State market. The Civic GX will be on sale at five Honda dealers on Long Island and fourteen additional dealers throughout the state, marking the first time the Civic GX is available for retail sale outside of California.
The Civic GX is the only dedicated natural gas-powered passenger car available to retail customers in the United States.
Equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission, the 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine delivers 113 hp (84 kW) and 109 lb-ft (148 Nm) of torque, both an increase of more than 10% versus the 2005 model. The 16-valve engine uses a compression ratio of 12.5:1.
The Civic GX carries 8.0 gas gallon equivalent of natural gas at 3,600 psi (248 bar) and achieves an EPA-estimated city/highway fuel economy of 28/39 miles per gasoline-gallon equivalent. Honda pegs the maximum range at 200 miles.
The Civic GX achieves a Federal Tier 2 Bin 2 and California AT-PZEV emissions rating (as does the Civic Hybrid), but the GX also is certified to the Federal Inherently Low Emission Vehicle (ILEV) zero evaporative emissions certification standards—the only vehicle certified by the EPA to both Tier 2 Bin 2 and ILEV.
Currently, natural gas is approximately 30% less expensive than gasoline when purchased at a refueling station, and approximately 50% cheaper than gasoline when supplied by a Phill, the natural-gas home-refueling appliance manufactured by FuelMaker Corporation.
2007 Civic GX buyers are eligible for a Federal tax credit of $4,000 for the car and an additional $1,000 in tax credits for the purchase and installation of Phill.