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Honda adds 2014 Civic Hybrid and Natural Gas to US 2014 Civic lineup

Honda is adding the 2014 Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas models to its 2014 Civic lineup in the US. The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid has an improved EPA rating of 44/47/45 mpg city/highway/combined (5.3/5.0/5.2 l/100 km), up from the 2013 model’s 44/44/44 mpg. The 2014 Civic Hybrid is on-sale today with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $24,635.

The 2014 Civic Natural Gas will be available at Honda dealers in 37 states on February 15 with an MSRP starting at $26,6402 and a EPA ratings of 27/38/31 mpg (8.7/6.2/7.6 l/100 km).

For 2014, the Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas are enhanced with new standard features, including new Display Audio with 7-inch touchscreen that allows users to pinch, swipe and tap just like a smartphone to access audio, phonebook, media, vehicle information and available navigation features. The touchscreen display is also the interface for the next-generation HondaLink, an application-based platform that allows integration between a user’s smartphone and the car, providing access to online and cloud-based content and information both inside and outside the car.

The Civic Hybrid is available in standard, Navi, Leather, and Leather Navi model variations, all with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Civic Natural Gas comes in a standard and Leather Navi trim, both with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Both models are assembled at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana located in Greensburg, IN.



Does anyone know how the EPA arrives at its mpge figures for natural gas?

The sources I have found for how the EPA calculates equivalencies are obscure.

They seem to be on about 100 cu feet of natural gas being used in some way in comparison figures, but since that only contains ~82% of the energy in terms of BTUs and kilowatts of a US gallon of gasoline why that is useful for gallon equivalent figures escapes me, since it is not equivalent.

Surely the simple way to arrive at equivalence would be to take the same amount of natural gas as is contained in a gallon of gasoline, either in kilowatt hours or BTUs.

Anyone know what they are up to?


Civics at $25-$27k? Yeah, they'll sell and save the planet //sarc.

Price-point needs to come down dramatically for this to be a solution, not to mention lack of public NG fueling stations.

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