The Biggest Hit and the Biggest Miss for the New 2023 Acura Integra
After a lengthy absence, the Acura Integra returns for 2023. This compact sports sedan is a balanced package with sleek styling, a luxurious interior, and excellent dynamics. And with an MSRP well below the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class, it’s a solid value that competes with the best.
But the 2023 Integra isn’t perfect. It has highs and lows and areas in between. While it’s a well-engineered, upscale compact sedan, in some ways, it doesn’t live up to the Integra name.
Let’s look closer at the 2023 Integra and what makes it tick.
2023 Acura Integra: a strong package at an affordable price
The 2023 Acura Integra has many high points.
Driving down the boulevard, the 2023 Integra has a chiseled, fast look. Deep creases and a sloping roofline give it a sophisticated appearance akin to European sports sedans. It definitely looks the part.
Inside, optional power-adjustable faux-leather sports seats offer extra support during hard cornering. The Technology package brings a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, three USB ports, and a heads-up display on A-Spec models. An available 16-speaker ELS 3D audio system offers crystal-clear playback. And the new Integra’s hatchback layout offers ample storage space.
Under the hood, the 2023 Integra uses the Honda Civic Si’s turbo 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 200 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. When combined with an available six-speed manual (on A-Spec trims), the new Acura has a solid 0-60 mph time of 7.0 seconds. Not only that, but CVT-equipped models obtain 37 mpg highway. That’s an ideal combo of sport and efficiency.
Then there’s the biggest hit – the Acura Integra’s reasonable MSRP of $32,495. This Acura offers significant savings, with the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class starting at $44,795 and $44,850, respectively. And consumers like that, giving the Integra class-leading sales figures in Q1 2023. GoodCarBadCar has the details.
And with a five-star crash test rating from the NHTSA, the 2023 Integra is exceptionally safe. Standard driver’s assistance technology—like adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and lane-keeping assist—offers a reassuring ride.
Where can the 2023 Integra improve?
Acura has a history of world-class driving machines. The company knows how to make performance vehicles from the NSX to the Integra Type R. Subjectively speaking, the 2023 Integra doesn’t quite match that reputation.
While Edmunds found the 2023 Integra fun to drive, they weren’t wowed by its performance. CVT-equipped trims lacked the pizzazz of six-speed A-Spec models, and the new Acura didn’t feel much different than a Honda Civic Si. Despite its higher price point, the Acura was a half second behind the Civic Si in acceleration. And its turbo 1.5-liter four displayed noticeable lag off the line.
When it came to handling, Edmunds had similar sentiments. While the platform felt good during testing, it didn’t have superb road holding. And even with optional adaptive dampers, the Acura Integra didn’t set itself apart from the Civic Si.
The Acura Integra Type-S changes the game
While the 2023 Integra is a solid package at a more-than-fair price, some may desire a more racy experience. The 2024 Acura Integra Type-S brings that and more.
It all starts under the hood, with a turbo 2.0-liter four, producing 320 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The legendary VTEC system enhances both low-end and high-end response, and an S-Type exclusive close-ratio six-speed manual handles shifting duties.
Aggressive bodywork with fender flares, aerodynamic accents, and triple exhaust outlets highlight the Type-S’s enhanced capabilities. This hotted-up Integra has the looks and performance of a world-class sports sedan, and this is the Integra you should be looking at if you’re interested in one.
The 2023 Acura Integra is worth a look
The new Acura Integra is a well-balanced package at a bargain price. But aside from its bodywork and upscale interior, it isn’t much different than the Honda Civic Si. And it doesn’t offer the excitement of some past Acura models.
Still, for buyers in the market for a full-featured sports sedan, the 2023 Integra ticks many boxes. And with an MSRP of less than $10,000 compared to popular German rivals, it’s hard to pass up.
For those searching for track-ready performance, the Integra Type-S arrives in June of 2023. With dazzling looks and performance, the Type-S compares well to past greats like the Integra Type-R. For driving enthusiasts, it’s an ideal machine.