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News2025 Honda Civic Gets Hybrid Power, Google Built-In

2025 Honda Civic Gets Hybrid Power, Google Built-In

Civic gets tech and styling updates too

  • Honda Civic Hybrid returns.

  • 1.5T and stick shifts both dead.


The Honda Civic Hybrid is back. The 2025 Civic adds Honda’s latest hybrid system and quickly becomes more powerful than the Civic Si. The new system will be offered on hatch and sedan models, and new for 2025 Honda is adding Google built-in to some top-spec versions of the car.

Honda expects the hybrid to make up 60 percent of 2025 Honda Civic sales. The system is a familiar one, as seen in the CR-V and Accord, with 200 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque. Honda calls it the most powerful non-R Civic ever and says it will be quicker than the now-dead 1.5L turbo engine. It should also be slightly more efficient than the 1.5T, with an estimated 4.8 L/100 km combined.

The Civic hybrids will have four levels of selectable regenerative braking. Honda is also tweaking the powertrain to deliver what it calls “the vehicle speed-linked rev feel typically associated with a conventional drivetrain shifting gears.” Since Honda’s two-motor hybrid system doesn’t have a transmission, we’re not sure what exactly that will entail.

Honda will offer the hybrid system on two of its four trim grades. The Sport Hybrid and Sport Touring Hybrid get the hybrid motor, natch, while the LX (now sedan only) and Sport continue with the old 2.0L four. While we haven’t yet gotten confirmation, those trim choices suggest that the stick-shift Civic is dead, unless you move to Si or Type R.

Other changes for the 2025 Honda Civic include a new front facia and grille, as well as darker taillights. Hybrid models can be identified by their body-colour headlight garnish and a lower spoiner on the front.

Inside, Honda has added Google built-in to Sport Touring Hybrid models. It includes Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play app store. All 2025 Civics get USB-C ports for the front seats.

There is no word on dealer arrivals or pricing, but expect the changes and hybrid system to push the car even closer to the $40,000 mark.

 

 

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