Oklahoma is set to become the fourth state in which Honda will allow dealers to offer its CNG-powered Civic GX model to individuals as well as fleet customers. First available on a retail basis in California in 2006, this super-clean alternative-fuel Honda is currently offered to individual buyers in the states of Utah and New York, as well.
Burning compressed natural gas in its 1.8-liter/113-horsepower four-cylinder i-VTEC engine, the Civic GX earns 24 mpg/36 mpg city/highway equivalent-gasoline EPA numbers. The only vehicle certified by that organization to meet both Federal Tier 2-Bin 2 and Inherently Low Emission Vehicle (ILEV) zero-evaporative-emission standards, it also has the singular distinction of being the cleanest internal-combustion vehicle ever tested by the EPA.
"Expanding Honda's Civic GX retail program along with the continued success of fleet sales expresses our commitment to the environment and natural gas vehicle technology," said Elmer Hardy, senior manager of Alternative Fuel Vehicle Sales & Marketing. "Honda seeks market opportunities for the Civic GX where strong natural gas refueling infrastructure exists and we continue to see its promise as a clean, sustainable, domestically-sourced alternative fuel."