Many yearn for the simple but well-built cars of the 80s, 90s, or early 2000s. And when a manufacturer like Honda decides to launch a new model that brings back the essence of old-school, old-school engineering, we admire that new model with all our passion. Such is the case with the Honda Civic Si, a model we wrote about a while back with equal enthusiasm. In the U.S., the model is sold as the Acura Integra. The Si version corresponds to the A-Specs version, with the same 1.5-liter, 200bhp turbocharged engine under the bonnet. The transmission can also be a CVT automatic, but the 6-speed manual is much tastier.
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The car is undoubtedly admirable, and the rear multilink suspension, relatively low weight, and low center of gravity make it superb in the driving spirit. But there’s a problem, though. The world has changed too much in the intervening 20 years. So much so that all cars, in all segments, have become much faster.
And that puts the new Honda Civic Si, also an Acura Integra A-Spec, in an underdog light. In 2001, for example, Acura had the Integra Type-R in the U.S., which delivered 195 hp from a 1.8-liter engine. And compared in a head-to-head duel with that Type-R from 21 years ago, the new Integra A-Spec is faster. The 402-meter distance is done in 15.0 seconds, compared to 15.2 seconds for the car of two decades ago. Old-school engineering in the most immediate sense, then.
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But there are two other turbo sedans in the U.S., with front-wheel drive and a manual transmission. The VW Jetta GLI has 228 hp squeezed out of a 2.0-liter engine. And the Hyundai Elantra N gets 276 hp out of another 2.0-liter machine. So, a huge difference in power. The Acura Integra A-Spec is beaten hands down by the two competing models. In fact, by the time Hyundai gets to the finish, Acura is still nearly 50 yards behind the finish line! That’s how much the world has changed.
And the final paradox is that even a Ford Bronco Raptor, a sporty offroader, is faster on asphalt and if it goes sideways on the tarmac!
Starting at $30,800
So, we live in a very different world, and Acura feels like an outsider. That might put some people off the idea of buying it. But at the same time, there still seems to be something special about that Japanese engineering put into the Integra, so simple and classic, with all its less-than-numbing sportiness. See it all in the video below.
FAQs About New Acura Integra A-Spec 2023
How much will the 2023 Acura Integra cost?
The Acura Integra ranges in price from $30,800 to $36,700. The starting price of the A-Spec version is $31,300, while the version with the Technology Package starts at $35,700.
How much hp will the 2023 Integra have?
A standard Acura Integra isn’t lacking in power with a potent 1.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine that generates 200 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque.
Is the 2023 Integra available?
The new 2023 Acura Integra will arrive in dealerships in June for a starting price of $31,895. The standard transmission is a continuously variable automatic, but you can upgrade to the six-speed manual for an extra $1,000.
Is the 2023 Acura Integra fast?
We’ve driven and tested the automatic transmission Integra, too. It performs slightly worse than the manual version, going from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, and it takes 15.5 seconds at 95 mph to run a quarter mile.
Is the 2023 Acura Integra safe?
Acura’s 2023 Integra has earned the IIHS’ highest honor, the Top Safety Pick+, alongside Acura’s RDX, MDX, and TLX models. Upon a scale of Good – Acceptable – Marginal – Poor, the testing body found that various components of the Integra received a “Good” rating; this includes its roof strength.
Is an Acura Integra reliable?
The Acura Integra has long been known for its performance and exterior styling, which have earned it high marks in the industry. However, reliability is also an important factor in determining a vehicle’s overall worth, and with an impressive score of 4.6 out of 5 – the Acura Integra proves to be a reliable choice as well. It provides superior performance aesthetics and dependability, offering excellent value for the money spent on this impressive automobile.
Is the new Integra any good?
The Integra should certainly be considered when looking for a luxury small car. It is an economical option in the category, offering plenty of features at an attractive price point. For those desiring a more indulgent cabin and all-wheel drive capabilities, the Audi A3 could be a suitable alternative.
Is the Acura Integra 2023 worth it?
The 2023 Acura Integra has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response. Its trim and practical hatchback shape, stylish interior, and responsive turbo power make it a car that drivers can’t help but fall in love with. Unsurprisingly, the Integra has earned a favorable verdict – it is truly an impressive vehicle.