Friday, September 26, 2008

Honda Civic GX Runs on Natural Gas

But where do you fill it up?

Great ideas aren’t the ones most often chosen by consumers, especially when they come with a hefty price tag. The Honda Civic GX runs on natural gas but the trick is to find a gas station. You can either drive to one of the 1100 natural gas refueling stations in the U.S. or you can run out. A better option might be to install a refilling unit at your home at a cost of around $5,000 or so.

The Honda Civic GX looks like the gasoline powered Civic and some people don’t like that. Some people want the distinctive look of the Toyota Prius, a car that looks to me like a chopped off egg. I’d much prefer the lines of the classic Civic road runner, especially if you’re going to do without the full-throated muffler treatment. A regular Civic costs in the range of 17,000 dollars while the GX natural gas powered vehicle costs around 25,000.

It’s not likely that the U.S. will be building more natural gas stations since most American’s can’t afford to buy the car. The way things are going, most Americans won’t be able to afford a bicycle. This leaves the brilliant and much desired Honda Civic GX to be the car of Hollywood liberals and Northeastern Ivy League elites who will gladly trade in their Volvos. I would, too, but I can’t afford the obligatory Birkenstock sandals.

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