The regular gen 8 civic is pretty straightforward: it uses cheaper oil and doesn't have the engine undershield to contend with. The gen 8 civic hybrid uses pricier 0W20 engine oil. From my dealer it's typically $8.50CAN per liter. If you're sticking with the maintenance minder interval I would just use the Honda oil, and not bother chasing after other 0W20 sources. The Civic Hybrid's
spec'd oil qty's are:
With filter change:
Without filter change:
Note, these qty's will get the level to the full line on diptsick, and you do not want to exceed that. The diff. btwn. full and low lines is around 1 liter/qt. Anywhere between those two lines is fine. Bottom line: 3 liters (or quarts) are suffice for any and all changes. Don't let the dealership snow you into buying 4 liters/qts, it's overfill, detrimental to mileage, and could damage the engine if really overfilled.
Note also, Honda's spec is to change oil filter only at alternate oil changes. Harold (a member) drains and re-installs the filter at these changes, kind of best of both worlds.
As far as I know, all gen 8 have the Maintenance Minder which tells you when to do the change: Service A is oil change only, Service B is oil and filter.
With the Hybrid you will have to deal with the plastic undershield for oil changes. You can raise the front end only the usual 6~8 inches that can be achieved with ramps or regular floor jack (say 2 ton model) with jackstands. This is doable, but you will either have to remove the entire engine shield (5 clips plus 2 bolts total), or swing the front portion down at hinge point partially (2 clips plus 2 bolts), and sneak the drain pan up into the gap.
Or you raise the whole car with heavier jack with more travel, coupled with heavier duty jackstands. 12" is more-or-less the minimum needed to swing the front portion of engine shield down. 14~15" is better, allowing you to fully swing the front part of shield down. It allows you more room, and there are less fasteners to take off on the engine shield. But it is more labour to raise the whole car, and inherently more dangerous. Be careful: put some spare tires or similar under there for insurance.
The step-by-step of an oil change is outlined in the Owners Manual, except for the drain plug torque, I think. That torque is:
for the Hybrid. Do replace the washer with each change, it's not that expensive.
The torque for the filter is:
8.7 lb/ft, or 3/4 turn.
There are marks on the filter to help with the 3/4 turn method. You can get a socket for the filter removal, or use an aftermarket band type.
FWIW, the filter is actually reachable from above, as you stand at the front bumper, for the first time in a long time, in my experience. But it's a moot point, you pretty much have to crawl under anyway