For just $30K, the Acura Integra 2023 has turbo power and plenty of technology

the Acura Integra 2023 has turbo power and plenty of technology
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Acura unveiled the production-spec 2023 Integra on Thursday, following its debut in prototype form last November. The Acura Integra is slated to start about $30,000 when it arrives at Acura dealers this spring, with the turbo engine, hatchback functionality, and a slew of creature comforts.

Consider the Integra to be a more practical and luxury version of the 2017 Honda Civic Si, which we adore. The Acura Integra shares the Civic’s 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, which produces 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque at 1,800 rpm. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard, with steering-wheel-mounted paddles to simulate shifting through gears. The Acura Integra, on the other hand, will be available with a six-speed manual transmission. The manual is undoubtedly the way to go, with its short-throw shifter and automated rev-matching, though Acura will only offer it on the top-spec Integra. I’ll get to that in a minute.

2023 Acura Integra Is a Sharply Styled Hatchback

2023 Acura Integra Is a Sharply Styled Hatchback
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The Integra, according to Acura, features distinct steering and chassis tuning, giving it a somewhat different on-road feel than the Civic Si. Adaptive dampers are also offered on Integra’s top A-Spec with Technology Package trim, which you won’t find on the Civic Si. All Integras come with Comfort, Normal, and Sport drive modes, but the A-Spec/Technology adds a programmable Individual mode that lets you tweak various drivetrain settings to your desire.

The Acura Integra comes standard with 17-inch wheels, but the A-Spec package upgrades them to 18s, as seen in our images. Acura will sell a 19-inch wheel option (along with some other nice-looking add-ons) through its dealer-installed accessory catalog, and seeing the Integra on these largest wheels makes me think that’s the way to go. The huge wheels are necessary for this car’s design to be complete (pun intended). Unfortunately, unlike the Civic Si, there is no factory-installed summer tyre choice; all Integra levels come standard with all-season rubber.

Every Integra comes with LED headlights and taillights as standard equipment, as well as a motorized sunroof in every model. All Integras come with the AcuraWatch suite of driver-assistance systems, which includes automated emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist. Acura’s Traffic Jam Assist is also standard, and it combines the last two driving aids to make highway travel a breeze.

2023 Acura Integra Is a Sharply Styled Hatchback 2
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Because the Integra is based on the Civic Hatchback, the design isn’t entirely unexpected. Though the load-in height is a little high, we enjoy the utility of the hatch. What we don’t like is that there is no option for a rear wiper. Acura claims that the liftback’s rake is aerodynamic enough that it doesn’t require one, which is probably true when the car is moving but doesn’t help when you walk out to your driveway in the morning and the window is covered in dew.

The Acura Integra has leatherette upholstery on the inside, with suede seat inserts in the A-Spec/Technology trim. The A-Spec bundle also unlocks several fantastic inside color schemes, such as bright red and orchid white, which we have had in our TLX Type S for a long time. Anyone who has been inside an 11th-generation Civic will recognize the overall layout, and small features like the air vents and climate control switchgear are common between the two cars as well.

A 7-inch touchscreen with a reskinned version of the Civic’s infotainment software is standard on Acura’s multimedia configuration. Standard features include wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but the A-Spec/Technology level adds a 9-inch display with wireless smartphone mirroring. We’re delighted Acura is sticking with Honda’s system rather than the obnoxious touchpad interface used in the luxury brand’s other vehicles for both setups. A 16-speaker ELS stereo, head-up display, and wireless charging pad are included in the A-Spec/Tech spec, although every Integra comes standard with a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster.

The A-Spec with Technology Package gets you a 9-inch infotainment screen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
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Apart from Acura’s “around $30,000” claim, which seems like a more than reasonable price to ask for this car, we don’t have any official pricing information to share. However, the Technology Package includes the majority of the amenities you’ll want, and selecting it necessitates adding the A-Spec appearance treatment, so we’re guessing a properly equipped Acura Integra will cost roughly $40,000. Don’t forget that an Acura Integra with the six-speed manual transmission is only available with the A-Spec/Technology treatment. A fully loaded $28,000 Civic Si suddenly appears to be an even better performance bargain.

We’ll get official pricing information closer to Integra’s debut in showrooms this spring, but if you really, positively must have one, Acura’s online reservation system launched today, so go crazy. Overall, we’re glad to see an Acura with a true sporty compact car back in the lineup. We don’t think it’ll let us down either. To find out, stay tuned for our first drive this spring.

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