2023 acura integra review

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Let’s not mince words. I love the 2023 Acura Integra. With a trim and practical hatchback look, a stylish interior, and responsive turbo power, the Integra never stops trying to win over its driver, and in my case, it totally succeeds.

I’m clearly not alone, as the Integra was a strong contender in our Motor1.com Star Awards, taking top honors as North American Car of the Year. To be fair, the manual transmission Integra is about $7,000 more expensive than a Honda Civic Si that gets exactly the same power and running gear. There are cheaper trims, but they’re only for the CVT – no big deal for most users, but a nuisance for enthusiasts. Still, with a long list of standard equipment, great interior fittings, and a fun driving experience, the 2023 Acura Integra makes a compelling case as an entry-level luxury car.

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Quick stats 2023 Acura Integra A-Spec w/Technology
engine: Turbocharged 1.5-liter I4
Output: 200 horsepower / 192 pound-feet
Performance: 26 city / 36 highway / 36 combined
Base Price: $31,300 + $1,195 destination
Tested Price: $38,095



  • Exterior Color: Liquid Carbon Metallic
  • Interior Color: Red
  • Wheel size: 18 inches

I find Acura’s current design direction very attractive, with the Integra getting the same “diamond pentagon” grille design and beveled headlamps as its stablemates. The humpback roofline takes some getting used to, and the thick rear haunches draw some derisive comparisons to the old Honda Accord Crosstour. But the Integra still feels good to drive on the road. Retro details return to the previous ‘tags, including a rear hatch release hidden within a semi-oval cutout and “Integra” logos embossed into the front and rear bumpers.

Inside, there’s a honeycomb strip running the width of the center stack, and had the Integra debuted before the Civic, we’d have appreciated the stylish detail. So there is no reason that just because Honda did it first. And the Integra differentiates itself from its Si sibling with softer materials on the dash and door panels, leather and microfiber suede upholstery on the seats, and ambient lighting throughout the cabin. These changes put the Integra on par or above. Audi A3.



  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Seating arrangement: 2/3
  • Cargo capacity: 24.3 cubic feet

The Integra is a very comfortable daily driver, with a stiff chassis and well-tuned dampers that give it a smooth ride even on moderately broken pavement. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of road noise that seeps into the cabin – possibly due to the large hatch opening. And even with the cargo area loaded with duffel bags and backpacks, tire roar makes long freeway slogs tiresome.

Internal dimensions Headroom, front/rear: Legroom, Front/Rear: Cargo Volume:
Acura Integra. 37.6 / 36.4 inches 42.3 / 37.4 inches 24.3 cubic feet
Audi A3 36.8/ 36.6 inches 41.2 / 35.2 inches 10.9 cubic feet
BMW 228i Gran Coupe 39.8 / 35.7 inches 41.4 / 34.4 inches 12.0 cubic feet
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 38.5 / 35.7 inches 41.8 / 33.9 inches 11.6 cubic feet

The driver’s seat is also supportive for long trips, but the front passenger’s perch isn’t height-adjusted, and I can’t really get comfortable. However, the rear seat offers class-leading space and a comfortable seating position, and the 24.3-cubic-foot cargo volume is double that of its closest rival.


Technology and connectivity


  • Center Display: 9.0 inch touchscreen
  • Instrument cluster display: 10.2 inches
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto: Yes

The Integra ditches Acura’s cumbersome touchpad interface in favor of a 9.0-inch touchscreen within easy reach of front passengers. Running parent company Honda’s latest infotainment software, the display responds quickly with simple graphics and animations that add visual appeal but not complexity. Overall, the system is easy to operate, and has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The flagship Integra also comes with a stunning ELS Studio 3D audio system that sounds amazing when playing lossless audio and streaming music alike. A 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster is crisp and clear, but it doesn’t offer much in the way of customization. Accent colors change with drive mode, but that’s it.

Performance and handling


  • Engine: Turbocharged 1.5-liter I4
  • Output: 200 horsepower / 192 pound-feet
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual

Let’s get the worst of it out of the way. with With 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder under the hood, the Integra never feels rushed. That’s less power and torque than the entry-level Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 – though more than the now-discontinued Mercedes A220. But the Integra weighs 3,073 pounds in manual transmission form, 400 less than the CLA and nearly 300 less than the A3. Coupled with its nimble suspension tuning and limited-slip front differential, the welterweight Integra is a lot of fun on a curvy road.

It’s also the only entry in its class to offer a six-speed stick, and it’s possibly the best transmission available today thanks to short throws, closely spaced gears, and a pleasant mechanical feel. Short gearing makes the turbocharged engine a joy, despite some annoying rev hang between shifts. Driven with some passion, the Integra is an endlessly enjoyable compact luxury car.



Every Integra gets AcuraWatch Active Safety, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure prevention, lane centering, and automatic emergency braking. Go for the standard CVT and you’ll also get help in traffic jams. But considering that most automakers refuse to bundle active safety with manual transmissions, Acura’s kit list is impressive.

It is also admirable how it works. Once you pull away from a stop you can activate the cruise control, and the Integra will stop acceleration when you change gears, then resume when you release the clutch. And on the freeway, the AcuraWatch does a good job of keeping the car away from surrounding traffic, reducing fatigue on long trips.

The economy of oil


  • City: 26
  • Highway: 36
  • Common: 20
Performance: City: Highway: Combined:
2023 Acura Integra 6MT 26 mpg 36 mpg 30 mpg
2023 Audi A3 FWD 28 mpg 38 mpg 32 mpg
2023 BMW 228i Gran Coupe 24 mpg 34 mpg 28 mpg
2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 25 mpg 36 mpg 29 mpg



  • Base price: $31,300 + $1,195 destination
  • Base trim price: $37,495
  • Price as tested: $38,095

If you are ok with CVT, The base Integra is priced at $32,495 with a $1,195 destination charge, and includes features like wireless smartphone integration, blind spot monitoring, and convincing faux leather. The A-Spec trim gets unique front and rear fascias and larger 18-inch wheels, while the A-Spec/Technology trim gets adaptive dampers and microsuede-upholstered seats, as well as an optional, no-cost manual transmission. . My tester’s only add-on was a $600 coat of liquid graphite paint, and that’s the only way to make the Integra more expensive because Acura compacts its prices by trim rather than individual options.

At $38,095 fully loaded, the Integra feels like a great deal. A similarly equipped A3 costs more than $42,000 and the CLA 250 costs more than $45,000, while BMW’s humpbacked 228i Gran Coupe is at least 40 grand. The Acura’s cabin is a bit noisier than its rivals, but a practical hatchback body helps make up for it. Add a driving experience that feels exhilarating, but never punishing, and the consistently engaging Integra is sure to win you over.

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