2012 Honda Civic GX For Sale - Buy The Honda Civic GX 2012
I’m sure most car owners are familiar with the Honda Civic. But many aren’t as familiar with the Civic GX model, which is a compressed natural gas (CNG) car. For many years now, Honda has been the only forward looking auto company in the United States when it comes to compressed natural gas. Honda has a proven track record with their Civic GX, which has been in production for well over a decade. The Honda Civic GX is the only 2012 CNG car for sale in the U.S. It is now available for fleet sales in all 50 states. Honda currently offers the general public the opportunity to buy the Honda Civic GX 2012 in 35 of the 50 states.
History Of The Civic GX
The Honda Civic GX was first manufactured in 1998. It was actually a factory-modified Civic LX. Although it looked exactly like the LX, and even drove like it, the GX didn’t run on gasoline. It was designed exclusively to run on CNG. It was more costly than the LX; in fact it cost $4,500 more than the LX in 1998. The City of LA acted as a beta site in the early stages. Honda leased the car to the LA Parking Enforcement Division.
In 2001, the EPA rated the GX as the “cleanest burning internal combustion engine in the world.” One of the primary reasons the GX received this endorsement was the fact that natural gas is the cleanest burning fuel known to mankind. That is true even today. The 2001 GX featured a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Previous to this, the GX had a 4 speed automatic transmission. The transmission was switched to a 5 speed automatic in 2006, which helped increase its gas mileage. As a result, the car could travel farther without refueling. That stretched its range to about 250 miles.
Until 2012, the Civic GX was only available in four states: California, New York, Utah and Oklahoma. The 2007 Civic GX was made available in New York in October of 2006. It didn’t become available in Utah until July of 2009. It wasn’t until April of 2010 that the GX was available for sale to the public in Oklahoma. On October 18, 2011, it was announced that the GX would be available in 35 U.S. States. The Civic GX is manufactured in Honda's Greensburg, Indiana plant.
Evolution Of The Civic GX Engine
The original GX was designed with a 1.6 liter inline 4 cylinder engine. In 2001, the engine size was increased to 1.7 liter. That was bumped up to a 1.8 liter in 2006. What is impressive is the engine compression of the Civic GX is 12.5:1, which is higher than most gas powered cars in the U.S. The reason for the higher compression ratio is the 130 octane contained in natural gas. The 2012 Civic GX has a little less horsepower than the LX and is about 260 pounds heavier than the LX. The 2012 GX has a 110-hp, 1.8-liter, 16-valve, SOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine.
Awards Go To The Honda Civic GX
With the change to a 5 speed transmission in 2006, the Civic was presented the award of the 2006 Motor Trend "Car of the Year." This award was given to all of the Civic models, including the GX.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has ranked the Civic GX as the “Greenest Vehicle of the Year” for the last eight consecutive years, beginning in 2004. That speaks volumes as to the quality of this CNG car. Here is what is even better; for 2011 the GX was classified ahead of two plug-in electric vehicles, the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf. Also, in November of 2011, this ninth generation GX was awarded the 2012 Green Car of The Year.
As you can see, the Honda Civic GX isn’t a new model car. The Honda GX will always hold the record of being the first natural gas car produced in the United States. In fact, it is still the only new natural gas car for sale in the U.S. There are a number of natural gas vehicles for sale, but they are Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses and CNG trucks.
The Civic GX Fuel Tank
The fuel tank for the GX is a CNG cylinder that is carried in the trunk of the car. The tank holds 8.0 Gasoline Gallon Equivalent (GGE) and is pressurized to 3,600 PSI. The driving range for a full tank is estimated at 225 to 250 miles. This can vary depending on one’s driving habits and the terrain. The Civic GX has a 31 mpg EPA rating (combined - 27 mpg city and 38mpg highway, gasoline-gallon equivalent). The GX qualifies for the driver to use the HOV Lane (otherwise known as the carpool lane) in California, Arizona, Utah and various other states.
The Honda Civic GX Price Tag
The starting price for the Honda Civic GX is $25,490 versus the LX which starts at $18,655 with an automatic transmission. You end up paying more on the front end, but have a tremendous savings when it comes to fuel. Not only is this car the cleanest burning car made, but the fuel price is close to half that of regular gasoline.
Home Refueling Available
If the car owner opts for a Phill Home Refueling Appliance, they can refuel their vehicle at home. Since natural gas is already piped to most homes, this device hooks up to that source to fuel the CNG car. There are also between 1,000 and 1,500 commercial fueling stations scattered across the nation. The Phill requires a 240 VAC power source and used approximately 800 watts of power when in operation. The Phill is manufactured by Fuel Systems Solutions and marketed and serviced through IMPCO, a California-based company.
Fueling Infrastructure Starting To Come Together
If you have your own Phill Home Refueling Appliance, you will be able to commute and do your in town driving without needing a commercial fueling station.
More than half of the 1,000 plus CNG fueling stations across the United States are available for public use. The other half is used for fleet vehicles or city transit cng buses. As the demand for more stations grows, the refueling infrastructure will grow to meet that demand. There are both federal and state incentives for fuel retailers to add more fueling stations. Of the current public CNG fueling stations, there are a couple of good websites that list the location of these stations along with their estimated prices. The first is called cngprices.com and the other is cngnow.com.
Another factor that should encourage auto buyers to produce CNG vehicles is the fact that the U.S. is sitting on huge natural gas deposits all around the country. The Marcellus Shale alone, which sits in the Appalachian Basin, contains close to 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. There is enough natural gas right below our feet to sustain the U.S. for probably 100 years or more if we were to switch all vehicles to CNG. The advantage of natural gas is there is an abundance of natural gas reserves that are still underutilized.
Ford recently announced their intent to produce their Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty natural gas trucks beginning next year. Honda will continue to supply a superior CNG car in the 2012 Honda Civic GX For Sale. Car buyers will still be able to buy The Honda Civic GX 2012. Hopefully other car manufacturers will join suit soon.