I am a bit puzzled. The 2023 Acura Integra has been shown in production form. I’ve seen it myself. I believe Acura has done a decent job with it too. The car is based on the new Civic Si, which is an excellent machine. But the Integra gets a different look outside, nicer materials, and features inside, and it should drive wonderfully based on my experience with the Si. For some reason though, it seems like people were expecting a luxury Type R or a baby NSX or something that the Integra never was in its purest form.
What we have is a true modern link to the original formula. It’s a four-door sedan with a liftback rear cargo area. It’s an entry-level luxury car with minor sporting pretenses. And it’s priced well too. Acura says the base price will be right around $30,000 and a fully-loaded A-Spec model with the Tech Package will land well under $40,000. They stressed the “well” part too.
In the minds of those waiting for this car to arrive, I think it was built up to be something more exciting than it should ever be. Sure, I disagree with a few things too. I would prefer a real automatic option instead of the CVT. Some more power to separate it a bit from the Civic Si would be nice too. But the manual will be great and so should the overall driving experience. And there’s plenty of room above this in the price structure for more performance-focused models.
I pressed Acura about the possibility of not just a Type R but maybe a Type S. Their coy response was quite telling. Acura has more in store for the Integra, but I think this is a great start for the return of a wonderful name in the halls of Honda history.