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The re-emergence of automotive nameplates often leaves enthusiasts in a pickle over acceptance. Being worthy of wearing a revered model name is a tall order that manufacturers attempt to fill. However, sometimes all-new models don’t do justice to their beloved predecessors. With that in mind, the 2023 Acura Integra has a lot to live up to in distinguishing itself from the pack. Falling short of that goal, there are six reasons to pass on the luxury sedan

1. Underwhelming performance

Acura prides itself on producing the Integra as a performance-minded luxury sedan. Despite an available six-speed manual, its 200-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder is a bit weak compared to the competition. It’s one of the slowest luxury sedans on sale today, unfortunately. But its 33 combined mpg, when stocked with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), is likely to impress customers.

2. Too much road noise

Edmunds reviewers praise the 2023 Acura Integra for offering more cabin quietness than the mechanically-identical Honda Civic. However, they still bemoan the levels of road noise. For them, the excessive volume in the luxury-branded car is unacceptable.

3. Bland cabin appointments

Although Integra models of old were based on Civics, they still had unique interiors to set them apart. For the all-new Integra, the manufacturer took some shortcuts. The only differences between the Integra and the Civic Si are additional colors and accents on top of the all-purpose cabin. Therefore, the luxury sedan doesn’t feel particularly luxurious.

4. The rear seating row lacks amenities

In luxury sedans, while creature comforts are typically found in the front, the rear seating row usually has something to offer. In the 2023 Acura Integra, there isn’t a rear-zone climate control setting or even a drop-down cupholder out of the middle backrest.

5. Lower trim levels don’t offer much

There aren’t so much trim levels with Acura, but packages. Most of the tech and safety features found in base model luxury competitors are optional extras for the 2023 Integra. And the most desirable features are limited to the most expensive A-Spec with Technology package.

How much does a 2023 Acura Integra cost?

The 2023 Acura Integra isn't so much worth the money
2023 Acura Integra | Acura

The base Integra comes in at $31,300. For an extra $2,000, potential customers can get the A-Spec package. Yet, the only add-ons are some exterior and interior appearance pieces, as well as fog lights. The A-Spec with Technology package has a starting MSRP of $36,300, with either the CVT or six-speed.

Is the 2023 Acura Integra a good car?

Despite the aforementioned drawbacks, the Integra is an excellent car. It provides engaging dynamics, impressive fuel economy, and a lengthy list of standard driver’s assistance and active safety features. But the Integra seems to be a confused car straddling segments between a nice mass-market vehicle and a low-rent luxury offering.

Overall it’s hard to find much about the Integra that distinguishes it from the pack. Given that the Honda Civic sits at the top of the compact sedan class sporting a well-appointed interior, balanced handling, plenty of room for occupants, and state-of-the-art safety tech, why pay more than you have to?


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