After an over 20-year hiatus, the Acura Integra returns for the 2023 model year as an engaging liftback sports sedan. Acura builds the sprout compact with enthusiasts in mind like the original Integra. It is now the only entry-level premium sedan to offer a manual transmission.

Note: While we wait for the new Acura Integra to officially launch, HotCars' 'Costs, Facts, And Figures' rating defaults to 1 out of 10. We'll be sure to update the score once it arrives.

Honda is in the middle of a complete revival of the Acura brand. Outside there are nods to the original car, and inside, there is more than enough comfort to qualify the premium label. With gripping bucket seats and a limited-slip differential, all for less than competition from both South Korea and Germany, the new Integra is sure to cause a stir when it arrives at dealerships this May.

2023 Acura Integra

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Key Features
  • Suede Seat Inserts
  • Standard Performance Exhaust
  • Alexa Built-In Assistant
Specifications
  • Engine/Motor: 1.5 Liter Turbo4
  • Horsepower: 200
  • Torque: 192 lb-ft
  • Drivetrain: FWD
  • Transmission: Six-Speed Manual/CVT
Pros
  • Low Base MSRP
  • Standard Acurawatch Accident Mitigation
  • Adaptive Dampers
Cons
  • Manual Transmission Is An Additional Charge
  • Excessive Interior Hard Plastics

Venerable Powertrain And Drivetrain

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Beneath the Acura Integra's aluminum hood is a familiar site for brand enthusiasts. While the Integra features completely unique body panels from the Civic, underneath it is very much a Civic Si, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The sole engine option is the VTEC 1.5-liter turbo I4, which produces 200 horsepower and 194 lb-ft of torque. The powertrain is a reliable unit and produces an intimidating sound despite its size. A revolutionary coil-type performance exhaust system is standard on all Integras.

A CVT is standard on all Integras, but enthusiasts will want to go for the six-speed manual. With the departure of the manual BMW 2-Series, the Integra is now the only compact premium car with an available manual transmission.

Unfortunately, the manual is not standard and only available in the top A-Spec with Technology trim. With so few buyers opting for a manual, Acura at least still finds a way to offer it while making it profitable for themselves. The engine's small displacement allows for highly economical driving, 27 MPG in the city and 37 on the highway.

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Legacy Handling And Performance

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Acura builds on Integra's legacy by producing an affordable premium sports sedan that doesn't cut corners. The new Integra's performance is much better than its horsepower may suggest. The use of alloys and aluminum panels significantly reduce the weight, making it feel more potent in quick jaunts. The Integra's 0-60 time will be similar to the Civic Si, reaching the mark in a scant 6.8 seconds and achieving a top speed of 135 MPH. However, the corners are where the Integra shines.

Enthusiasts can toss around the low and nimble body with relative ease. Automatic rev-matching makes the sublime Honda six-speed even more forgiving, and a standard limited-slip differential on manual cars ensures that power reaches the ground. Adaptive dampers adjust suspension feel and are dependent on drive-mode. The new Acura Integra is a competent daily driver that quickly wakes up when aggressive driving is necessary.

Related: The New Acura Integra: Why It Might Suffer Despite The Hype

Impressive Tech And Colorful Cabins

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Despite its place as Acura's entry-level offering, the Integra is genuinely a premium vehicle. While the interior expectedly borrows some technology from Honda, it is an excellent place to be. A standard two-tone faux leather interior is available in red, orchid, and ebony. Upgrading to the A-Spec trim, consumers receive heavier bolstering and suede inserts. Drivers enjoy a standard "Precision Cockpit" highly configurable 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster. An optional head-up display that provides information for speed, navigation, and adaptive cruise control is part of an optional tech package.

Upright and atop the dash sits a 9-inch touch-screen that features wireless Android-Auto and Apple-CarPlay integration. Below are physical buttons for radio presets and climate control, controls for the seat heater, and optional steering wheel heating controls. Just below is a wireless phone charger. The manual shifter features a leather boot and an aluminum shift knob with red accents. The center armrest is adjustable to help make shifting even more comfortable. Tri-zone climate control is surprisingly standard with vents for the rear passenger, and two USB-c ports also aid in comfort. The headroom for the back seat is tight due to the car's sweeping roofline. Accident mitigation with auto brake is standard, while a tech package adds adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, front parking sensors, and cross-traffic alert.

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The most compelling feature of the new Acura Integra is its hatchback design. The long sloping roof glides down, reminiscent of classic Integras. The seats fold flush, and consumers get a wide opening. There are 24.5 cubic feet of space with the seats up and 46.2 cubic feet with the seats down, impressive numbers for a compact-class vehicle. The only caveat is the high liftover at the rear, though it is easy to understand why stylistically.

Related: Here's Hoping: The 2023 Acura Integra Might Get SH-AWD And Six-Speed Manual

Reservations And Pricing

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Acura sets the Integra's aim at the often difficult-to-reach young-professional market as such pricing is surprisingly reasonable given the class of the vehicle. The standard base Integra with CVT will sell for approximately $30,000, while the top-trim A-Spec reaches $36,000. Cars will begin to arrive at dealerships this May, though, with production shortages, Acura encourages prospective buyers to place a reservation to ensure they get their car this year.

Consumers can reserve an Integra with a $500 refundable deposit. All Integras will receive Acuras 4-year 50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper/6-year 70,000-mile powertrain warranty. Overall, the new Acura Integra is the perfect car for those looking to put some fun back into their commute without sacrificing practicality.

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