The Los Angeles Auto Show features a little side competition: the Green Car of the Year. Each year multiple powertrains are introduced in an attempt to take the coveted title. This year the Honda Civic NG took the honor.
 
That is not to say there was not a strong field of competitors. The Civic NG faced the Ford Focus Electric, Toyota Prius V, Volkswagen Passat TDI, and Mitsubishi’s i vehicle. ”There is no other vehicle like the Civic Natural Gas on American highways, and this recognition has been a long time coming for Honda,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com.

  • The Honda NG has been around since 1998, but has been one of the best-kept secret of the green car set. This is the fifth generation and it features better fuel efficiency: 27 city, 38 highway. The NG can travel about 240 miles on a tank of natural gas, giving it a much greater range than all-electric vehicles.
  • The Civic NG is the only mass produced CNG passenger model for sale in the United States. The main challenge to the vehicle is the availability of filling stations.
  • The Civic NG is more expensive than its gasoline counterpart, starting at $26,155. The extra cost can be recouped when you fill up since compressed natural gas costs less than gasoline. An added bonus is that CNG burns cleaner.

For more information, visit Honda Civic Insurance.

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