[dropcap]H[/dropcap]onda Civic Hybrid, Natural Gas models are fuel-efficient options I recently had the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid as my test car for a week and I really did enjoy the ride. The technology is almost seamless between the gas and electric power, and it handled well both around town and at higher highway speeds.
Both the Hybrid and the Natural Gas model were introduced to the Civic lineup in February enhancing Honda’s diverse lineup of fuel efficient and alternative fuel models. Sales for the two new models, while not brisk, are encouraging and indicate that American car buyers are at least taking notice of alternative energy vehicles that are becoming available to them.
The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid has an improved EPA fuel economy rating of 44/47/45 city/highway/combined, up from the 2013 model’s 44/44/44. This fuel efficiency increase was achieved through a combination of factors, including aerodynamic refinements, upgraded components such as the fuel pump and ignition coil, tuning changes related to engine sensors and greater regenerative braking efficiency.
For 2014, new standard equipment for both models includes a seven-inch touchscreen display and an expanded view rearview mirror. The Natural Gas model gets optional leather-trimmed seating. The new Display Audio with the seven-inch touchscreen allows you to pinch, swipe and tap it just like you do on a smartphone to access audio, phonebook, media, vehicle information and available navigation features. The touchscreen display also is the interface for the next-generation HondaLink, an application- based platform that allows a seamless integration between your smartphone and the car, providing access to online and cloud-based content and information both inside and outside the car.
Standard on both models is the Expanded View Driver’s Mirror that, together with the available LaneWatch display, enhances the driver’s surrounding view. Smart Entry with Push Button Start comes standard on the Civic Hybrid, which allows for easy entry and engine starting without turning an ignition key. New for 2014, the Civic Natural Gas Leather Navi model gains additional premium features such as leather seats, heated front seats, heated side mirrors and a six-speaker audio system.
The Civic Natural Gas’ standard interior also has been upgraded with more premium seating materials and door panel trim. The Civic Hybrid is available in standard, Navi, Leather and Leather Navi model variations, all with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Civic Natural Gas comes in a standard and Leather Navi trim, both with a five-speed automatic transmission. Both models are assembled at Honda Manufacturing in Greensburg, IN.
The MSRP on the 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid starts at $24,635, while the base price on the Civic Natural Gas model is $26,640.
[author image=”http://www.samaonline.org/Ron.jpg” ]Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com.[/author]