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2007 Honda Civic GX: A Different Kind of Fill-Up

May 27, 2008

Everytime I open the trunklet on the Civic GX, I bleed a little for Honda.

Gasoline prices are driving sales of this nifty compressed natural gas commuter car now, but for most of its life it has been relegated to the commercial and government fleet market because it has not been perceived as a very useful everyday vehicle for the consumer.

That's in large part because CNG isn't a fuel that's readily available in all states, making the Civic GX a car in which you wouldn't want to essay a cross-country trip.

But it's also because the trunk is so small, much of what had been a spacious cavity in the conventional Civic being occupied by the tanks for the GX's pressurized fuel.

Still, I've been driving it for quite a few thousand miles now and have found that for most daily uses you can think to put a car to, it does just fine.

When my wife and I go shopping on weekends – even, sometimes, to the local big box discounter where everything comes king-sized or larger – we find that the GX trunk, at 14 inches deep, 20 inches tall and 55 inches long, is more spacious than it looks.

We crammed a week's worth of groceries and sundries into the trunk this past weekend eight bags, a case of water and a case of diet cola and still could have jammed in something long and flat along the top, if we'd purchased something long and flat (a whole halibut maybe?).

And that doesn't even count the back seat, which remained empty this trip but on occasion has held things like a six-million pack of paper towels, a flat of poppies(the decorative kind) and a 50-pound bag of planting mix when the trunk was otherwise occupied.

John O'Dell, Senior Editor, Green Car Advisor @ 16,977 miles.

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