2023 Acura Integra Evaluate: The Honda Civic Si for Grown-Ups

The place the Integra (Principally) Works

Let’s overlook the Integra’s Civic roots for only a second and as an alternative give attention to the aggressive set Acura has put the brand new sedan up in opposition to. That features vehicles just like the roughly $36,000 Audi A3, which has an even bigger engine, extra torque and is a full second faster to 60 mph, in accordance with producer claims. The Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is costlier, at round $40,000 to begin, nevertheless it has extra horsepower, a lot extra torque and is even faster to 60 mph: Mercedes says it makes the journey in 6.3 seconds. The BMW 2 Collection Gran Coupe begins round $39,000, and just like the others, it’s faster and has extra horsepower and torque than the Integra. (All costs embody vacation spot charges.)

Whereas these vehicles are all faster, quieter and extra luxurious than the Integra, the Acura has them beat on value. A base Integra begins simply north of $32,000 — effectively beneath the beginning value of any of those entry-luxury German sports activities sedans.

It’s when the Acura will get optioned as much as its prime trim with all its bells and whistles that it turns into extra aggressive with its German opponents by way of tools and facilities. On this regard, it really works higher than the outgoing (unloved, unmissed) Acura ILX, which by no means actually made a mark within the class. Altering the automobile’s title to Integra (the one Acura mannequin with a reputation today as an alternative of a three-letter moniker) was an enormous step towards reestablishing some competitiveness on this phase. Enjoying on that nostalgia could also be an inexpensive method to get consideration (would you care a lot about this factor if it have been nonetheless referred to as ILX?), nevertheless it undoubtedly works; look what taking part in the nostalgic-name card did for the Ford Mustang Mach-E electrical SUV.

The Integra doesn’t, nevertheless, maintain up effectively when evaluating cabins. It’s a little bit bit nicer inside than the Civic — which is already nicer than most something within the compact sedan class — nevertheless it’s not nicer than its luxurious compact sedan opponents. The interiors of the Mercedes-Benz and BMW, specifically, simply outclass it in each means, from controls to multimedia sophistication. Sure, the Integra provides some enjoyable inside colours (take a look at that pink upholstery) and loads of normal tools, however its actual benefit is its measurement: It has a a lot bigger cabin than any of the German sedans, plus a backseat that’s usable for adults and loads of room up entrance, as effectively.  Supplies high quality, nevertheless, tends to drop off whenever you get to the backseat, and the automobile lacks issues that almost all premium luxurious automobiles have, resembling rear air vents. Enjoying within the big-boy luxurious class means you need to carry the products to match the value, and the Integra solely makes it midway there.

The place the Integra Doesn’t Work

The larger drawback is that the Integra isn’t that massive of a step up from the Civic Si, which is itself a screaming worth proposition. Its inside is sort of as good because the Integra’s, and it feels just a bit bit faster and sharper in most methods. What this actually means is that the Integra is just the higher alternative in case you merely should have the Si’s 200-hp engine with an automated transmission, if you need the elevated utility of a hatchback versus the Civic’s trunk, or if the Si is simply too stiff in your day by day commute and also you desire a extra comfy trip. Put merely, the Integra is only a extra grown-up tackle the Honda Civic Si — much less boy racer, extra weekend warrior.

Badge devotees are unlikely to contemplate it alongside the extra conventional German sports activities sedan choices, however in fact, the Integra solely marginally competes with them anyway. The Integra’s base value of only a tick over $32,000 — and a prime trim value that is available in round $38,000 in case you steer clear of the choices record — means it’s a screaming deal in comparison with the Germans. It’s additionally, nevertheless, about $3,000-$8,500 greater than a Civic Si (which solely comes a method: loaded with choices). That’s a a lot tougher capsule to swallow.

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