2023 Acura Integra | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #367

2023 Acura Integra | Talking Cars With Consumer Reports #367 1

Acura has resurrected the Integra nameplate, as the classic five-door hatchback returns with an upscale vibe. We share our first impressions on the 2023 Acura Integra, discuss how it performed around our test track, if the interior lives up to the Acura's quality standards, and what sets it apart from the very similar Honda Civic Si. We also debate whether the Integra should be treated as a first year model, or whether it is okay to purchase because many of its components are carried over from the previously released Civic Si.

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SHOW NOTES
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00:00 – Introduction
00:14 – First Impressions : 2023 Acura Integra
18:40 – Question: Is it wise to purchase the first model year of the 2023 Acura Integra?

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2023 Acura Integra

First Drive: 2022 Honda Civic Stands Out Among Compact Sedans

Guide to Car Safety

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26 Comments on "2023 Acura Integra | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #367"

  1. Should have come with the 2.0t

  2. it would make a cool wagon.

  3. Scott Cooper | July 8, 2022 at 3:42 PM | Reply

    I understand the view that the Integra could be “spicier;” however, I greatly appreciate what they did with it. I’m middle aged and I enjoy small Manual-Transmission cars. The problem is, designers seem to think that anyone who wants a fun car also likes blacked-out everything, juvenile styling cues, and decorates their cars from a Chinese aftermarket provider. Then, we don’t buy those cars because they’re juvenile, so manufacturers assume nobody wants a manual transmission.
    This is comfortable, sophisticated, and mature. Acura said 65% of their orders were for manual transmissions, surprising even them. Furthermore, I’m not restrained to a black-only interior, something Honda is guilty of with their stick shifts. Apparently, Acura found their demographic. If you need even more excitement, you’re in the wrong class of car.

    • i think you nailed it here. it’s called integra because it’s marketed to buyers who remember the original integra who are now older.

  4. @8:47 Hondata ran it through the dyna and it produces 234 horsepower. Surprised Acura isn’t marketing the actual power figures.

  5. Danny Ferguson | July 8, 2022 at 3:47 PM | Reply

    Great show guys!

  6. Better buy the manual now because it will be gone pretty soon. Honda will initially offer it unless buyers stop asking for it. It went away in the civic (non-si) and accord.

  7. FatMENdriveTRUCKS | July 8, 2022 at 4:46 PM | Reply

    Keeping there Si and Type R limited with high mark up has resulted in me never wanting a new Honda. I’ve owned over 100 Hondas too but they died in 2010 to me least

  8. I think no one would be talking and criticizing this car as much if it was just called an ILX, which it should have been the next ILX

  9. Mark David Webster | July 8, 2022 at 4:50 PM | Reply

    Refreshing to have a non-EV, non-SUV vehicle showcased.

  10. Face it, the manual trans is only for journalists and advertising. No one is buying it.
    Civic Si with emblem tax of a barely lux brand…and CVT. That’s gonna be a no from me dawg.

  11. Good thing you rented the Integra with the A-spec and Tech package as that is only combination that offers a “no cost” (remember when manuals were $1K+ cheaper than autos) 6 speed manual option. The only no cost color is silver (all others are an additional $500). So, for a MSRP of $37,395 (that is almost $9k more than a Civic Si) …….

    I’d take a Honda Accord 2.0T Sport with a 10-speed auto transmission (not CVT) and save almost $3000.

  12. Manual transmissions will be gone with the coming of EVs, so why learn now?

    • TheLifetraveler1 | July 8, 2022 at 5:31 PM | Reply

      Because I can park my manual car almost anywhere, and not worry about some young idiot trying to steal it. We had a guy hijacked somebody in the manual car. He put down his gun trying to figure it out, and the owner of the car shot him. Right in the leg.

    • Brad Weinberger | July 8, 2022 at 6:45 PM | Reply

      @TheLifetraveler1 this scenario probably happens 1000000 times a day so definitely makes sense.

  13. The original Integras weren’t especially faster or better performers than the Civic. Mostly the Integras were unique. Civics were everywhere, so the Integras stood out. The new one seems to have that heritage.

  14. Daniel Gross | July 8, 2022 at 5:10 PM | Reply

    Stop talking over each other gentlemen. Please.

  15. Here in Canada, the Integra cost way too much. If you want the Elite A-spec you have to pay 45k, lol. My Mazda 3 Turbo premium cost me 36k, with more power, AWD, better equipement and a nicer interior. At 45k you can have a Camaro, Mustang or a Challenger with a V8!

  16. This car is a marketing exercise.Nothing special to see here folks and that rev hang. Umm nooooo.
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  17. 0:50 all I’m thinking here is “what happened to the tops of those cones” 😂

  18. HereIgoAgain | July 8, 2022 at 6:03 PM | Reply

    Good for Acura for giving us an entry level car. Vairon: PHEV are a terrible choice if you do not have home charging because they charge very slowly, so it is not practical to use public chargers. Check out Camry. You can get a really nice one for less than the Integra.

  19. With a couple of caveats, and having driven the new Si, I think the Integra sounds great. Biggest caveat is that if a Integra Type S follows this “base” Integra is a brilliant move. But that’s the enthusiast/optimist in me hoping for a similarly mature version based on the upcoming Civic Type R. So I hope this Integra sells like hot cakes.

  20. As the owner of a ’19’ Civic SI, I was disappointed driving a couple of Integra A Spec 6 speeds at different dealers. It’s as thought the car was developed by many committees. Ryan is right the name Integra should mean something from the past, otherwise just call it a ILX. It’s trying too hard to be too many things and doesn’t excel at any one thing. I wish it had its own unique styling and stayed away from the Corporate Acura design. It seemed underpowered, though the chassis was rock solid. Beautiful interior but the seats are not bolstered well and felt uncomfortable. The styling seems so frumpy, not sporty. I’m still waiting for the real Integra to appear.

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