It has become abundantly obvious to the majority of the world that we are running out of oil, and by proxy, out of gasoline. With every automaker scrambling to find a way to get cleaner and greener cars, the are surprisingly few marques trying to perfect the art of alternative fuels.
Honda is on the cutting edge of alternative propulsion. Cars like the FCX Clarity prove that Honda has that ability, guts and know how to produce and sell a production version of a hydrogen -powered vehicle.
Honda is taking that same drive and innovation to its Civic line, and now you can purchase a new 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas. With an updated exterior, and better nationwide availability, the Civic Natural Gas is proving that you don’t necessarily need gasoline to get your motor running.
Learn about the new Civic Natural Gas and where you can buy one below in our review.
The Honda Civic Sedan saw a huge visual refresh last year, but the Natural Gas model was left out. Now for 2014, the CNG-powered Honda sees the same design additions as the rest of the sedan lineup. The new, sharper grille and chrome touches do much to enhance the overall visual appeal of the Civic.
Unfortunately, the tiny 15-inch wheels return. We understand the inherent benefit for power delivery, fuel economy and NVH that comes with using a smaller diameter wheel, but the 15-inch rollers just look undersized in the larger fender wells of the Civic.
2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas - Standard Exterior Features
- Integrated Rear-Window Antenna
- Security System with Remote Entry and Trunk Release
- Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors including Expanded View Driver’s Mirror
- 2-Speed/Intermittent Windshield Wipers
- Impact-Absorbing Body-Colored Bumpers
- Multi-Reflector Halogen Headlights with Auto-On/Off
- Body-Colored Door Handles
2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas - Exterior Specifications
|Track (in., front/rear)||59.0 / 60.2|
|Curb Weight (lbs)||2,933|
|Weight Distribution (%, front/rear)||59 / 41|
The CNG Civic’s outside changes are fairly minimal compared to the overhaul that has been given to the inside. The standard interior trim of the Civic Natural Gas has been fitted with new material for the seats that is much nicer and higher quality than before. The door panels also get the nicer cloth.
Every Honda Civic Natural Gas Model also gets Honda’s new Display Audio touchscreen stereo with 7-inch screen and HondaLink capability.
A new Leather Navi model for the CNG Civic adds heated leather seats, heated side mirrors, a six-speaker setup for audio and a navigation unit. The 2014 Natural Gas is easily the nicest and most refined version of the CNG Civic to date.
2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas - Standard Interior Features
- Air Conditioning with Air-Filtration System
- i-MID with 5-Inch LCD Screen and Customizable Feature Settings
- Honda LaneWatch
- Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
- SMS Text Message Function
- Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down Driver’s Window
- Power Door Locks with Auto-Lock Feature
- Cruise Control
- 160-Watt AM/FM/CD Audio System with 4 Speakers
- 7" Display Audio with High-Resolution WVGA (800x480) Electrostatic Touch-Screen, Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines and Customizable Feature Settings
- HondaLink Next Generation
- USB Audio Interface
- Speed-Sensitive Volume Control
2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas - Interior Dimensions
|Headroom (in., front/rear)||39.0 / 37.1|
|Legroom (in., front/rear)||42.0 / 36.2|
|Shoulder Room (in., front/rear)||56.6 / 53.3|
|Hiproom (in., front/rear)||50.5 / 51.4|
|Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)||6.1|
|Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)||94.6|
The engine of the 2014 Civic Natural Gas is based on the same 1.8-liter engine found in the standard sedan. Much of the engine is design is exactly the same, but there are some notable features that make this engine perfect for running purely on CNG all the time.
One of the bigger adjustments is the compression ratio. At 12.7:1, it is much higher than the 10:6 in the gasoline engines. This increased compression pressure helps the engine complete the combustion cycle when using a gaseous fuel like CNG. To increase engine longevity while dealing with such a high compression ratio, the Civic NG’s engine features exclusive intake and exhaust valves, different valve seats and stronger connecting rods.
The only transmission choice is Honda’s longtime workhorse; their in-house 5-speed automatic.
|Engine Type||In-Line 4-Cylinder|
|Engine Block/Cylinder Head||Aluminum-Alloy|
|Horsepower @ RPM (SAE net)||110 @ 6,500|
|Torque (LB-FR @ RPM, SAE net)||106 @ 4,300|
|Bore and Stroke (MM)||81 x 87.3|
|Valve Train||16-Valve SOHC i-VTEC|
|Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)||27 / 38 / 31|
|Fuel (Gasoline Gallon Equivalent; GGE)||8.03 @ 3600psi|
|Model||Price||EPA Fuel Economy Ratings (city/highway/combined)|
|Civic Natural Gas Sedan 5AT||$26,640||27/38/31|
|Civic Natural Gas Sedan Navi 5AT||$29,290||27/38/31|
As the only sedan in the U.S. that is sold powered exclusively by compressed natural gas, the Civic Natural Gas has no true rivals. When it comes to shunning gasoline though, the Golf TDI is a perfect choice. With a 42 mpg highway rating, 6-speed manual transmission option and impeccable build quality, there are few cars on the road that are better alternative-fuel choices.
Gallery Volkswagen Golf - US version
Representing the other side of the alternative-propulsion scale is Nissan’s 100-percent electric Leaf. As an EV, the Leaf doesn’t have the range of Civic NG, but you need not be concerned with trying to locate a CNG fueling station. Thee both have a type of range anxiety associated with them, but each has unique drawbacks. Either is a great choice if you are attempting to shun gasoline.
Gallery Nissan Leaf
The 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas has made huge leaps and bounds in giving the United States an alternative to the gasoline powered car, but it has some massive hurdles to overcome. First the availability of CNG is still not as widely spread as it needs to be for most buyers. Second, Honda still is not selling this car in all 50 states. The new car will go on sale the day after Valentine’s Day, but only if you live in the 37 selected states. Surprisingly, some of the most natural gas-rich states are the ones left out of the sales plans.
Most of the Midwest has been cast aside with Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Idaho and Iowa on the no-sale list. Buyers in Hawaii, Maine, West Virginia, Kentucky, Vermont and South Carolina are also left out.
- Better exterior looks
- Improved NVH and interior refinement
- Great option for gasoline alternative vehicle
- 38 MPG less than other fuel alternative vehicles
- still not a 50-state car
- CNG fueling stations still rare
Gallery Honda Civic Natural Gas
Honda’s diverse lineup of fuel efficient 2014 Civic models is boosted by the addition of the 2014 Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas models. The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid has an improved EPA1 rating of 44/47/45 city/highway/combined, up from the 2013 model’s 44/44/44. This fuel efficiency increase was obtained through a combination of factors including aerodynamic refinements, upgraded components, such as the fuel pump and ignition coil, tuning changes related to engine sensors and greater regenerative braking efficiency. The 2014 Civic Hybrid will go on-sale tomorrow, Feb. 5, at Honda dealerships nationwide with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $24,6352. 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 combined EPA1 rating of 31 mpg‡.
For 2014, the sophistication and value of the Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas are enhanced with a host of 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 a seamless 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.
Standard on both models is the Expanded View Driver’s Mirror that, together with the available LaneWatch™ display, enhances the driver’s surrounding view. For additional convenience, Smart Entry with Push Button Start comes standard on the Civic Hybrid, allowing for easy entry and engine starting without turning an ignition key.
New for 2014, the Civic Natural Gas Leather Navi model gains additional premium features such as leather seats, heated front seats, heated side mirrors and a six-speaker audio system. The Civic Natural Gas’ standard interior has also been upgraded with more premium seating materials and door panel trim.
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, IN3. View, build and price a 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas at automobiles.honda.com/civic.