Mean And Green

Honda's lean-burning engine sets a new standard for environmentally correct autos. The green machine guzzles less fuel at lower temperatures, emitting fewer nasty oxides of nitrogen. And when dropped into a redesigned Civic hatchback, it boosts mileage 55%, to 48 mpg in town, 55 on the highway--without wimping out on hills, Honda scored in the Civic VX by adapting technology from the high-powered NSX and Formula 1 engines.

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