Car safety features have improved wildly in just the last 20 years. Once, cars utilized a handful of airbags and a very basic set of seatbelts (the modern seatbelt was only invented and common in the early 60s). In comparison, the modern automobile includes dozens of safety features ranging from design choices to advanced computer technology.
The new 2023 Acura Integra comes standard with the AcuraWatch suite of driver assistance technologies and safety features. What are the 6 standout features that you should know about?
5. Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure
While an entire body structure may not seem like a safety feature, it still deserves a callout. Acura designed the 2023 Integra with this clever bit of engineering to improve crash compatibility. An odd term, crash compatibility indicates how well a vehicle can protect its occupants from another car, truck, or SUV in the event of a collision. Acura’s ACE structure diverts energy from a crash around the cabin to better protect drivers and passengers.
4. Next-generation airbag safety
Acura’s newest airbag system is a first for the Integra’s segment and features airbags specially designed to support the head and neck and reduce damage in the event of a collision. This could lower the chance of brain injuries for occupants. These next-gen airbags are standard on all Integra cars, no matter which package you choose.
3. Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
The 2023 Integra features a brand-new single-camera system. A more extended range and a wider field of view let the Integra function on a single camera rather than multiples. This new braking system uses light and sound to alert the driver of potential danger. The updated CMBS can tell the difference between vehicles, pedestrians, and even bicycles. Collision Mitigation Braking is standard on all Integra models.
2. Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Rear Cross-Traffic Monitoring
If you’ve never driven in a car with blind-spot monitoring, you may not realize how helpful it can be. The 2023 Integra’s BSI system is beneficial for highway driving and alerts drivers to vehicles in the “blind spot” zones on either side of the car. The BSI system alerts by flashing a small signal on the side mirrors. This feature is standard on all 2023 Integra models. The A-Spec with Technology Package model adds additional front and rear parking sensors.
1. Improved Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
Acura wasn’t specific in what improved for the Lane Keeping Assist System that comes standard in the 2023 Integra, but it referred to more “natural feeling responses.” We can guess this means a gentling of the system that nudges your wheel back to center if you start to drift. Consumer Reports has shared general consumer dissatisfaction with this type of safety feature, so having a system that’s smoother, smarter, and can reduce driver fatigue would be a big win for the Integra.
Do the 2023 Acura Integra’s safety features set it apart?
While the features above are cool (we appreciate the dedication to lowering risk of traumatic brain injury) many of these features aren’t unique to the Integra. You’ll be able to find driver-assistance features like blind-spot monitoring and collision mitigation in many of the Integra’s competitors, as well as in the Acura and Honda families of cars.
However, if you’re interested in the 2023 Integra as your next daily driver, you can be confident that it’ll be an overall safe and competent vehicle.