VIDEO: 2013 Honda Civic CNG, Clean But Gut-less
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2013 Honda Civic CNG
It looks like a Honda Civic. It drives like a Honda Civic. It is all things Civic, except for what’s under the hood and inside the trunk.
This is the Civic CNG. A car that runs on compressed natural gas.
Honda performed a few tweaks to the 1.8 liter four cylinder engine like special fuel injectors, and beefier connecting rods, plus a stiffer rear suspension for the weight of the tank.
With the mod’s, you lose 30 horsepower. Zero to 60 with the CNG engine takes close to 11 seconds. It’s slow and it feels like it, especially when you are going up hill, or trying to merge onto the freeway.
And where do you fill up? Well right now the infrastructure is limited. There is a handy app on the navigation screen to help you find a fill station. There are just 400 CNG stations around the country. Some states don’t have them yet. If you live in California you are better equipped than the rest of us. With a range of somewhere around 300 miles, you do get a wave of range anxiety when the compressed gas gauge gets below half.
There is another problem. The tank that holds he compressed natural gas cuts trunk space in half. Not cool.
I commend Honda for offering a car that drives well, burns cleaner cheaper fuel and delivers a respectable 27-MPG city, 38-MPG highway. The lack of trunk space, range worries and a gutless engine will probably add up to too many compromises for the average car buyer. The Honda Civic CNG is a work in progress.
Engine Type In-Line 4-Cylinder
Engine Block/Cylinder Head Aluminum-Alloy
Displacement (cc) 1798
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) 110 @ 6500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 106 @ 4300
Redline (rpm) 6700
Bore and Stroke (mm) 81 x 87.3
Compression Ratio 12.7 : 1
Valve Train 16-Valve SOHC i-VTEC®
Multi-Point Natural-Gas Fuel Injection Standard
Drive-by-Wire™ Throttle System
Front-Wheel Drive Standard
Eco Assist™ System Standard
CARB Emissions Rating AT-PZEV
Direct Ignition System with Immobilizer Standard
Battery 12V-45Ah (20Hr)
100K +/- Miles No Scheduled Tune-Ups* Standard
Compact 5-Speed Automatic Transmission Standard
Gear Ratios: 1st: 2.666, 2nd: 1.534, 3rd: 1.022, 4th: 0.721, 5th: 0.525, Reverse: 1.957, Final Drive: 4.44 Standard
Unit-Body Construction Standard
MacPherson Strut Front Suspension Standard
Multi-Link Rear Suspension Standard
Stabilizer Bars (mm., front/rear) 18.0 / 13.0
Motion-Adaptive Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS) Standard
Steering Wheel Turns, Lock-to-Lock 3.11
Steering Ratio 16.08
Turning Diameter, Curb-to-Curb (ft.) 34.8
Power-Assisted Ventilated Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes (in., front/rear) 11.1 / 8.7
Wheels 15″ Lightweight Alloys
All-Season Tires P195 / 65 R15 89H
Compact Spare Tire T135 / 80 D15 99M
EPA Mileage Ratings
5-Speed Automatic Transmission (City/Highway/Combined) 27 city / 38 hwy/ 31 combined
Fuel (Gasoline Gallon Equivalent; GGE) 8.03 @ 3600 psi