As the nation’s attention shifts a bit to plentiful natural gas as transportation fuel, Honda figures its natural gas Civic ought to get some upgrades.
The newly outfitted 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas sedan goes on sale Feb. 15. The starting price is $27,430, including a $790 destination charge, which is about $335 more than the outgoing model.
The new one gets a 7-inch touch-screen that allows users to pinch, swipe and tap, as on a smartphone or Windows 8 computer screen, to access audio, contacts list, media, vehicle info and navigation features, according to Honda.
The system also includes the latest generation of HondaLink smartphone integration. Moreover, a new standard expanded-view mirror works in tandem with available LaneWatch — Honda’s novel camera on the right side of the car to eliminate blind spots — to enhance the driver’s surrounding view of the vehicle.
Fuel economy is unchanged: 27 miles per gallon in the city, 38 mpg on the highway.
The 2014 version will be sold in 37 states, up one state from its predecessor. The powertrain is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder good for 110 horsepower and it comes with a five-speed automatic transmission.
Also new for 2014 is a new trim level above the base model, Leather Navi, which adds leather seats, heated front seats, heated side mirrors and a six-speaker audio system.
Honda says the Civic Natural Gas’ standard interior also has been upgraded with premium seating materials and door-panel trim. The Leather Navi trim starts at $30,080 with destination.