The Car: This is a classic Honda. When you think of a Honda, you think of this little black nugget parked outside of the house of your mom’s co-worker who always so busy that they had to eat fries in their car before going anywhere. This is the car that belonged to that one friend from college who thought they were exotic because they added a spoiler to the back of their Civic. This is the car that belongs to the old person in your neighborhood that probably shouldn’t drive any more but still does. This is the most everyman car. I love it. It’s terrible. It is all of us.
Environmental Impact: According to the EPA Gas Equivalencies Calculator, this car is not that great. The 2000 Civic holds anywhere from 11 to 13 gallons at a time which, in terms of CO2 emissions, is equivalent to 104 to 123 pounds of coal burned. Using the median amount of equivalent coal—114 pounds—and operating under the assumption that you fill up for gas once a week, you would burn just shy of 6,000 pounds of coal a year. What does this mean? According to the Energy Information Administration, 2,000 of “coal with a carbon content of 78 percent” generates more than 5,720 pounds of CO2, meaning this car produces approximately 17,160 pounds of CO2 a year. What does that mean? That is like filling eight and a half balloons that can hold a ton of gas and then letting them fly all over, releasing greenhouse gases everywhere. Sheesh. That’s bad. Granted, I don’t know how bad this is as I don’t have a point of reference…yet. Time will tell very, very quickly.
How Happy Does This Honda Make Me? Not very. Maybe because it’s old (Maybe??) or maybe because Hondas are bad (Maybe??) or maybe because all cars are bad (Maybe??), I’m not very impressed with how much this car wastes. This seems like it will be a recurring theme.