Honda Says 2025 Civic Hybrid Is Their Most Powerful Non-Type R Civic, That's Deceiving

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Announced since the start of the year, the refreshed 2025 Honda Civic is finally official, together with the eleventh generation's hybrid model for America. Interestingly, the Japanese automaker is a little manipulative.
Back in January, American Honda provided an outlook on its foreseen US automotive business plan for 2024, with the namesake brand aiming towards sales of 1.3 million units alone, the same tally made last year by the entire division. To achieve that, the mass-market Japanese auto producer promised to start sales of two new zero-emissions models - the all-new electric Prologue SUV made in partnership with GM and built in Mexico at the General Motors Ramos Arizpe Assembly plant in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, and the 2025 Honda CR-V e:FCEV, aka America's first production plug-in hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle.

Obviously, since the all-electric Prologue has a class-leading (wink, wink, Tesla Model Y) standard range rating and started arriving at dealerships during the spring from $47,400 (it qualifies for the $7,500 EV tax credit), it will surely become more popular than the quirky CR-V e:FCEV, which is an odd mix between a PHEV and a hydrogen-fueled crossover SUV. The automaker also announced that its big Odyssey "will receive styling and technology enhancements to maintain its competitiveness in the minivan segment," and the 2025 Civic will arrive refreshed.

These aren't tremendous novelties – aside from the 2025MY Civic – and so far, Honda has only announced the 2025 Pilot with a rugged yet stylish Black Edition featuring a more aggressive look and an upscale interior. We're already almost past the first half of the year, by the way – and already Toyota has introduced the N400 Tacoma with the 326-hp i-Force Max hybrid powertrain, revealed the details and pricing about the 2025 Corolla Hatchback and Crown, listed for grabs the 2025 Camry hybrid from just $28,400, and will soon introduce across nationwide dealerships the 2025 Crown Signia crossover SUV plus the 2025 4Runner off-road all-rounder SUV.

Luckily, Honda has finally shared the first details about the refreshed 2025 Civic lineup. Soon, fans will order the facelifted 11th generation with a sportier front fascia, more aggressive grille, redesigned taillights, and four new exterior hues. A new machine-finished wheel style comes bundled exclusively with the flagship Sport Touring Hybrid grade, and the new colors are Solar Silver Metallic, Urban Gray Pearl, Blue Lagoon Pearl (exclusive to Civic sedan), and Sand Dune Pearl (exclusive to Civic hatchback).

The interior sports a new gray atmosphere for Civic Hybrid models, but that's about it – unless you choose the Sport Hybrid trim, which adds a standard moonroof, heated front seats, and dual-zone climate controls. There are just four trims available for 2025MY - LX (sedan only) and Sport, followed by Sport Hybrid and Sport Touring Hybrid - 2025 Civic sedans will arrive at nationwide dealerships next month, while the Civic hatchback is coming during the summer.

As far as the Sport Touring Hybrid is concerned, it comes with leather upholstery, a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system, a large 9-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charger, front USB-C ports (standard on all models, actually), plus it's the only one featuring Civic's inaugural integration of Google built-in with apps like Google Assistant, Google Maps and more on Google Play thanks to a complimentary 3-year unlimited data plan.
Of course, the main novelty for the refreshed 2025 Civic lineup is the eagerly-anticipated addition of the optional two-motor hybrid powertrain in the 2025 Honda Civic Hybrid models. Unlike Toyota, which sells the 2024 Corolla sedan from $22,050 and the 2024 Corolla Hybrid from $23,500, the rivaling Honda has clearly positioned the Civic Hybrid at the tall end of the family – and still expects "to receive an EPA combined fuel economy rating nearing 50 mpg" for the Civic sedan and hatchback models.

Unlike the Toyota Corolla Hybrid, which also has a two-motor setup but combined with a 1.8-liter four-pot and only churns out a combined 138 horsepower and 105 lb-ft, the 2025 Honda Civic Hybrid will spearhead with an "anticipated combined" rating of 200 horsepower and an impressive 232 lb.-ft. of torque. That alone should have been enough to ensure the bragging rights. But no, the company had to be deceiving and claim this is the "most powerful non-Type R Civic ever." Hey, Honda, have you forgotten about the existence of the $29,100 Honda Civic Si sedan for the 2024 model year? That one also churns out 200 hp channeled through a six-speed manual transmission from the 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine.

But here's the gist – it appears that Honda is phasing out the 1.5-liter turbo from the lineup because it says the Civic Hybrid has a "resulting performance (that) is even quicker than the outgoing 1.5L turbo-powered Civic." More so, they later add that, to "support affordability for young buyers, Civic LX and Sport trims continue to be powered by a responsive and efficient 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine" with 158 hp. Meanwhile, "Sport Hybrid and Sport Touring Hybrid trims benefit from Honda's powerful yet efficient two-motor hybrid system."

Reading between the lines, that means they are dropping both the Civic Si along with the 180-hp tune of the 1.5-liter offered on the 2024 Civic EX, for example. Frankly, I find it a little deceiving that Honda brags about the new 2025 Civic Hybrid being the most powerful aside from the high-performance Type R when the outgoing Civic Si had the same pony count under the hood. Also, it's a shame they are retiring the 1.5-liter turbocharged mill altogether because it would have constituted a good middle ground between the 2.0-liter and the Civic Hybrid.

Anyway, there is one way to redeem this hodgepodge. Honda will surely give us the MSRPs for the 2025 Civic lineup as soon as possible because the first examples arrive at nationwide dealerships in June. Hopefully, they will provide us with a few nice surprises – we would love to see the LX and Sport keep the 2024MY prices of $23,950 and $25,550, respectively. Also, the Civic Hybrid shouldn't go overboard with the MSRPs because the more powerful 204-hp 2024 Accord Hybrid and CR-V Hybrid start from $32,895 and $34,350, respectively, and it would be foolish of them to trespass into their territory.

Update: A Honda representative reached out to us and cleared things a bit - the Japanese automaker is retiring the 1.5-liter turbo mill from regular Civic sedan and Hatchback models, but the Si will not be discontinued. Instead, it will retain the 1.5T and six-speed manual transmission, with more details about the 2025 Civic Si promised for later this year.
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