Acura was established nearly 35 years ago by Honda as a luxury subsidiary of the parent company. Acura’s first product was a premium subcompact Sedan named the Integra in 1989; the vehicle was a Cult classic and was popular among enthusiasts. However, North America has not seen the Integra name for over 20 years as it has been missing from the carmaker’s lineup for quite some time now.
For 2023 the company is ready to take on the entry-level luxury compact sedan segment with the Integra. The sporty sedan stands out in an era where all vehicles are either SUVs or electric cars and, in some cases, electric SUVs. The Integra shares some of its underpinnings with the Honda Civic, which in itself is a big deal as the Civic is a well-established and fan-favorite sports car. The vehicle is all-new for 2023 with fresh styling and design language.
This is What Makes The Integra Stand Out
Honda Civic has always been a bedrock for Integra, and for the year 2023, the story remains the same. The all-new Acura Integra is based on the Honda Civic Si. This time, what is special about the car is that it is the first Acura Integra ever to be turbocharged. The engine is a 1.5-liter unit with an inline 4-cylinder, and it can produce around 200 HP and 192 lb-ft of torque. There are two transmission options available: buyers can choose from a 6-speed manual or a CVT transmission.
The power is only sent to the front wheels, but what is worth noting is that the manual version of the Integra gets a limited-slip differential. The performance figures have not been released yet by Acura, but since it is based on the Civic Si, which is an established and popular sporty vehicle, the performance figures are expected to be fairly good. The sedan will also feature an adaptive suspension system and custom drive modes that will alter the steering and suspension setting of the vehicle.
2023 Integra: A Sleek Design
The design of the Integra is a bit controversial as some sources claim that this is a hatchback while actually, the design of the vehicle itself is fairly unique. It does not fall under one particular category as the rear end of the vehicle has a liftback design for its boot-lid, but traditionally it features four doors and can seat 5 passengers. The sedan looks stunning in the apex blue color that is found on other Acura models as well. The front of the car is largely dominated by the Diamond Pentagon grille, which is a signature Acura design element. The lower half of the bumper houses the fog lamps on either end, and the grille are finished in gloss black. Since the vehicle has a sporty edge towards the side, there are also functional air curtains on the very extreme ends of the bumpers.
The all-new Integra also features LED lighting, but the front LED DRLs are inverted to give it a different design. Towards the side, Acura offers buyers to choose either 17, 18, or 19-inch wheels on top of the line A-spec trim. The alloy wheels have a sporty design and look stunning due to the brushed metal finish. The vehicle's side profile also features a slightly sloping roof design, giving it sort of a coupe look. Gloss black finishing can also be seen on the B and C pillars of the vehicle. The vehicle's rear is also well finished as it features a subtle lip spoiler, and one can find the dual-port exhaust on either side of the bumpers. The LED tail lamps have a 3D design, and they look stunning at night.
2023 Integra: A Plush Interior
The Acura Integra offers heated sport seats wrapped in faux leather as standard in the lower trim, which is one of the features that adds a luxurious touch to its interior. The lower trim also gets an electronically adjustable seat that can be adjusted in 8 different ways. As one moves towards the higher trim, the A-spec model, the front driver, and passenger seats are electronically flexible as well. The driver and the passenger seat can be adjusted in twelve and four different ways. The interior also features a standard 7-inch infotainment screen, while buyers can also opt for a 9-inch unit. The 10.2-inch digital driver’s display can be equipped with a 5.3 heads-up display unit. Android Auto and Apple car play come standard on all trims, but the technology package offers wireless connectivity for the same. The base trim comes with an 8 speaker sound system, but the higher trim gets an ELS 3D sound system with 16 speakers.
The 2023 Acura Integra is a great sports sedan, and by re-introducing the Integra name, Acura has done a fantastic job capturing the minds of enthusiasts globally. The pricing and other details of the vehicles have not been out yet, but since it is heavily based on the Honda Civic Si, the prices may be expected to be in a similar range.
Sources: Acura, Car and Driver, CNET