As its name suggest, the 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas is a sedan that runs on clear natural gas, which means that it does not emit large amounts of greenhouse gases. It is not much different from the standard sedan when it comes to design and performance.
Design of 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas
As I already said, this model is not much different from the others in this series, but compared to a previous model, it received a fresh new look. The sedan really looks elegant and modern.
As with the hybrid model, there is a new front grille with chrome elements, and sharper halogen headlights with automatic on/off, but there is a lack of fog lights. The back of the car also looks the same, but the rear spoiler is missing.
One useful feature is addition of the rearview camera, so you can have a better view of what’s behind you while driving in reverse.
The 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas rides on the small 15-inch wheels. Somehow I have the impression that the manufacturer could use larger wheels, because there are a lot of space between the tires and fender, but I guess this is okay.
The 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas received an updated interior. Standard model received high-quality materials for the front and rear seats, while the Navi model comes with an optional leather seating. This is the first time that the CNG model gets leather seats as an option. The inner sides of the doors are also coated with better material.
Mentioning the Navi model, customers should know that they will also receive heated driver and front passenger’s seats, heated side mirrors, an all-new audio system with 6 speakers, and other premium features if they decide to buy this model.
Both trim levels come with a 7-inch touchscreen display with smartphone-like functionality. It will show you all desired information about the car, and you can access your music and media, contacts and messages, weather info, and GPS navigation (Navi model only). There is also an i-MID 5-inch LCD display that you control via buttons on a steering wheel.
Another great feature is that you can connect your smartphone via next-gen HondaLink software, that allows the integration of the device with the car. Unfortunately, the Display Audio system currently supports only iPhone 5 and newer models. You can connect your phone via USB connector and play MP3, AAC or WMA music directly from it. It also supports BlueTooth connection for hands-free calls.
The cabin is also very comfortable, and there is enough space for even taller adult passengers.
Engine and Performance
Under the hood of the 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas there is 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine that is able to run on clear natural gas at all times. It can develop 110 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque, which is enough for a city vehicle. It is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, rather than Honda’s CVT.
This engine features a higher compression ratio (12.7:1) which helps it to complete the combustion cycle when using clean natural gas. The driver can push the ECON button to thereby automatically adjust the engine and to improve fuel efficiency. This 2014 Honda Civic model does not use a single drop of gasoline.
As for the fuel economy, this model is rated at 27 city, 38 highway, and 31 combined, based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Of course, your mileage can vary depending on how you drive.
2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas Price
Starting this February, customers will be able to buy the standard 5AT model for $26,640, while the starting price of the 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas Sedan Navi 5AT is $29,290 bucks.
You can see more photos of the new 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas model in this gallery.