Honda’s Hybrid Comeback: Introducing the 2025 Civic Hybrid in a Face-off Against Toyota

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2025 Honda Civic Hybrid First Look: Sleeker, Sippier, and… Sportier?

Honda stopped selling the Civic Hybrid in the United States in 2015, passing the hybrid compact car responsibilities to the Insight. The Insight, closely related to the Civic at the time, continued until the 2022 redesign of the Civic. However, with the arrival of the current-generation Civic in 2022, Honda discontinued the Insight, leaving the compact car segment without a hybrid option. Around the same time, Toyota introduced the Corolla Hybrid and the Prius, which received the 2024 Car of the Year award. In response, Honda quickly announced plans to reintroduce a hybrid competitor, leading to the return of the Civic Hybrid.

While details about the 2025 Honda Civic Hybrid are limited, the confirmed model is showcased in these images. The red sedan displayed here, along with an anticipated hatchback version, is set to go on sale later this year. Early observations reveal several changes, such as a refreshed front end with a wider lower air intake, thinner corner intakes reminiscent of the Civic Type R, and a revised upper grille. Other elements, including the headlights, taillights, doors, and the overall sedan body, remain largely unchanged. A new wheel design, likely specific to the hybrid model, is also featured.

2025 Civic Hybrid
2025 Civic Hybrid (Credits: Car and Driver)

Under the hood, the Civic Hybrid houses a version of the hybrid powertrain found in the larger Accord Hybrid and CR-V Hybrid. If Honda maintains a similar performance to these models, the Civic Hybrid could boast a robust 204 horsepower, surpassing the output of the optional turbocharged 1.5-liter I-4 gas engine in the regular Civic. The Civic Type R hot hatch would still hold the title for the most powerful Civic with 315 horsepower.

This move aligns with Toyota’s strategy, as seen in the well-received Prius, which prioritizes performance alongside fuel efficiency. The Honda Civic Hybrid aims to be both aspirational and practical, with a potential shift toward an upmarket positioning. The use of the “Sport Touring” badge and sporty Pirelli PZero tires on the showcased model suggests a focus on a desirable and elevated Civic Hybrid experience.

While Honda has not confirmed the lineup structure, there’s speculation that the Civic Hybrid may take over the upper-tier positions within the Civic lineup, similar to the Accord sedan’s division between gas-only and hybrid variants. The future of the entry-level 2.0-liter gas I-4 and the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine in lower trim levels remains uncertain.

Honda notes that hybrid variants contribute to one in four of its sales in America, emphasizing the popularity of blending hybrid technology into existing models rather than creating dedicated hybrid-only vehicles. The reintroduction of the Civic Hybrid sets the stage for a renewed hybrid competition between Honda and Toyota. More details and photos are anticipated, and the hybrid battle between the two automakers is poised to intensify once again.

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By Jayson O'Neil

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