2023 Acura Integra Preview

Chris Teague | Mar 10, 2022
  • All-new, fifth-generation Acura Integra
  • Four-door liftback body style
  • Standard turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque
  • Available manual transmissionCVT is standard
  • Standard mechanical limited-slip differential
  • Rev-matching standard for manual transmission-equipped cars
  • Pricing to start around $30,000
  • Built in Marysville, Ohio
  • Reservations are open now, and the first 500 customers get a limited-edition NFT

After years of clamoring and speculation from fans, the Acura Integra is returning, officially unveiled in November 2021 at an event in Los Angeles that was live-streamed on YouTube but didn’t provide much in the way of details. Now, the wait for official vehicle specs is over, as Acura has taken the wraps off most of the top-secret information the enthusiast community has been drooling over for months.

2023 Acura Integra Blue Front Quarter View Action

The new Integra shares some of its styling with other Acura models and some dimensions with the Honda Civic. It also carries nostalgic visual elements that tie back to the “original” car. Embossed Integra logos in the bumpers and the rear-end appearance are examples of small design touches meant to evoke memories of previous generations. As it does with other models, Acura will offer an A-Spec package for the Integra, and also, like the others, it’s purely cosmetic and does not enhance performance.

The Integra’s return—and with a manual gearbox, no less—is notable on its own, but Acura’s targeted price tag for the car is worth a headline or two. The car will start at around $30,000 when it goes on sale in spring 2022. The Integra will be built at Honda’s auto manufacturing plant in Marysville, Ohio, making it the first Integra built on U.S. soil.

Exterior Features

2023 Acura Integra Blue Rear Quarter View

The 2023 Acura Integra looks a lot like an Acura TLX or ILX and will be available exclusively as a 4-door car with a liftback (think hatchback). There’s precedent for this setup in the Integra lineup, as Acura offered the first three generations of the car with two or four doors. The fourth-generation Integra, sold in the U.S. as the Acura RSX, was exclusively a 2-door car.

Acura painted the prototype Indy Yellow Pearl as a throwback to the Integra Type R’s Phoenix Yellow color from the early 2000s. The automaker’s signature LED running lights and “Diamond Eye” LED headlights are also present. The Integra comes standard with 17-inch wheels, but 18- and 19-inch options are available. The A-Spec appearance package brings a lip spoiler and unique exterior badging, gray 18-inch wheels, and gloss-black exterior trim.

Interior Features

2023 Acura Integra Interior Dashboard

The 2023 Integra comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery, heated sport front seats, and an 8-way power driver’s seat. Acura offers three color choices, including Ebony, Red, and Orchid. An available Technology package brings a 12-way driver’s seat and 4-way passenger seat, along with microsuede upholstery accents. A-Spec cars add stainless-steel sport pedals, contrast stitching, and red gauge needles.

Parts of the new Integra’s interior mirror its exterior design, such as diamond-mesh pattern inserts for the air vents that mimic the grille. The Integra’s 107.7-inch wheelbase is identical to the 2022 Honda Civic, which means the car should deliver good front- and rear-seat space. The rear seat folds flat to open the cargo space, and the 60/40 split allows one seat to remain upright when hauling longer cargo.

Under the Hood

The 2023 Acura Integra comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 200 hp and 192 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission is standard, but a close-ratio 6-speed manual is available. Acura notes that it tuned the CVT for the high-output engine with quick response and simulated gear changes.

In cars equipped with a manual transmission, power hits the front wheels through a limited-slip differential, and Acura offers an adaptive damper system with three selectable driving modes. Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes impact suspension firmness and allow the driver to choose between various steering settings and display options. The A-Spec model has an in-cabin engine audio function that pipes in sound from the engine bay and exhaust system.

Future versions of the Integra may see the powertrain from the Civic Type R. That means a turbocharged engine with at least 300 hp. That engine delivers a zero-to-60 mph time of just 5.3 seconds in the Civic and a quarter-mile time of 13.7 seconds.

Safety Systems

The new Integra comes standard with AcuraWatch safety technology. Blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning are also standard, and a parking sensor system is available with the Technology package. The car also gets a next-generation airbag system designed for better head protection. Acura says the airbags help reduce the risk of brain injuries and notes that the Integra’s aluminum hood features a unique design that distributes the force of an impact with a pedestrian’s head to reduce injuries.

Infotainment and Technology

The Integra comes standard with a 10.2-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 7-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and the available Technology package brings wireless connectivity for both, along with a larger 9-inch touchscreen, wireless charging, and a 5.3-inch head-up display. An 8-speaker stereo is standard, and a 16-speaker ELS Studio sound system is available.

2023 Acura Integra Competitors

Though Acura is technically a premium brand, the Integra’s price tag means it will face off against a wide variety of competitors. In its price range, there’s the Honda Civic Si and potentially a new Type R, the Toyota GR 86, and Subaru BRZ. A few steps up the price ladder, there are cars such as the Audi A4BMW 2 Series, and the Genesis G70. If the Integra can meet its price target and not require thousands of dollars in added options to get the full experience, it could bring an entirely new value dynamic that would make it an almost irresistible performance bargain.

Acura is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of March 9, 2022, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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