Despite the arrival of several new electric cars on the scene in 2012, it was the internal combustion engine that won Green Car of the Year at the LA Auto Show this past week

Honda Civic’s natural gas-powered engine beat out the Toyota PriusV hybrid, the diesel-powered Volkswagen TDI and two electric cars — the Ford Focus and the Mitsubishi i.  You can see all these cars in the video below.

The US government classifies the natural gas Civic as the cleanest vehicle with an internal combustion engine.

The natural gas Civic costs $26,000 and is now available in 36 US states.  However, so far there are only some 500 publicly available natural gas fueling stations in the U.S.


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