Byline: Frank Aukofer, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
How would you like a compact car that's squeaky clean, gets up to 36 miles to the gallon on fuel that costs about $1.30 a gallon?
Okay, don't break down the door.
There actually is such a creature, and variations of it have been running around for nearly eight years.
It's the Honda Civic GX natural gas sedan.
Unfortunately, it's not widely available, though it is for sale. And there are some drawbacks.
But first the good stuff.
The 2008 Civic GX is as regular a car as you'll find anywhere.
It has four doors, comfort for four persons with tight room for a fifth, and, despite the fact that its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine delivers just 113 horsepower, exhibits acceptable all-around performance.
With a five-speed automatic transmission that gets the power to the front wheels, it drives so normally that if it were not for the NGV (natural gas vehicle) and CNG (compressed natural gas)stickers on the outside, you'd never know the fuel was the same gas that runs your home furnace, range and clothes dryer.
The EPA gives the GX an equivalent rating on its city/highway cycle of 24/36 miles to the gallon. You don't pay motor …