Alt Fuel: Ethanol
Hybrids are leading the eco-car market, but they aren't the only way to run cleaner. Here and on the pages that follow, we examine four of the most promising alternatives, starting with ethanol. Optimists Say: Six million flex-fuel" cars on U.S. roads today can run on either gasoline or E85, which is 85 percent ethanol (made from corn or other starches), producing 12 percent fewer greenhouse emissions than comparable gas-burners. Pessimists Say: Ethanol sources are limited, with just 835 pumping stations nationwide, mainly in the Midwest. To grow enough corn to match the demand for fuel, the U.S. would need twice the arable land we currently have for all crops. Learn More: www....
2006 Honda Civic Hybrid
From its kaleidoscope of a dashboard to its aerodynamic shape, the '06 Civic Hybrid is self-consciously modern, but inside the curves lies a classy, practical
MSRP: $23,350 As tested: $23,900 Hybrid premium: $2,500 MPG: EPA, 49 city/51 highway; our average, 40 Decrease in annual greenhouse-gas emissions from comparable gas-only model: 32.7 percent Pros: Fuel economy, comfort, value for money, full-size trunk Con: Could use another 20 horsepower