The Integra is back in the Acura lineup, reviving one of the brand’s most iconic nameplates.
A premium sport compact inspired by the fun-to-drive spirit of previous Integras, the all-new model will arrive at dealers this spring as the new performance gateway of the Acura brand, the brand announced.
“The 2023 Acura Integra is serving the same role in the lineup as the original model that helped launch the brand three decades ago by bringing in the next generation of driving enthusiast,” said Emile Korkor, Assistant Vice President, Acura National Sales. “With its engaging driving character, flexible five-door liftback body style and advanced technology and features, the Integra will welcome a host of new buyers to the Acura brand.”
Integra’s driving dynamics and engaging performance is built upon an rigid body and sport-tuned chassis combined with Integra’s fully independent suspension, the automaker said.
A standard Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) enables the Integra driver to choose between three driving modes (Comfort, Normal and Sport) for the throttle response, automatic transmission mapping, steering feel and gauge coloration. A-Spec with Technology Package adds adjustments for in-cabin sound, plus an “Individual” mode that allows the driver to customize the IDS setting combinations to their liking.
An available Adaptive Damper System (ADS) gives drivers even more precise control of Integra’s ride and handling performance with distinct damping characteristics for Comfort, Normal and Sport driving modes, Acura said. Drivers also can customize their driving experience with an Individual mode that allows independent selection of steering, engine response and suspension firmness.
Under Integra’s aluminum hood is a VTEC-enhanced DOHC 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 200 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque. A new coil type exhaust system adds an emotional exhaust sound that further enhances Integra’s engaging driving experience, designers said.
Tuned specifically for the high-output turbocharged engine, Integra’s standard CVT automatic transmission responds quickly to throttle inputs and Step Shift programming simulates gear changes when accelerating. For added driver control, steering wheel-mounted shifter paddles are standard.
An available 6-speed manual transmission dials up the engagement even further. The short-throw, close-ratio 6-speed features automatic rev matching. To maximize available traction when accelerating out of corners, power is routed through a helical limited-slip differential (LSD) in manual transmission-equipped vehicles.
The 2023 Integra features sporty and compact proportions inspired by previous Integras, designers said, specifically the original 5-door model that helped launch the Acura brand in 1986. The new Integra combines a coupe-like profile with a liftback design.
The front fascia features a frameless version of Acura’s Diamond Pentagon grille, framed by four JewelEye LED headlight elements and “Chicane” LED daytime running lights. LED fog lights integrated into the lower fascia are available.
The rear fascia with dual exhaust finishers emphasizes the Integra’s wide track and sporty stance, designers said, while an upswept decklid and wide, single piece LED taillights harken back to previous generation models, and the embossed Integra logos in the front and rear fascia recall the 3rd generation car. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard while 18-inch wheels are optional, and accessory 19-inch wheels are available.
An available A-Spec sport-appearance package pumps up the visual style with a gloss-black window surrounds and front and rear fascia trim. A sporty lip spoiler and A-Spec badges adorn the front fenders and tailgate. Shark Gray 18-inch alloy wheels are wrapped in larger 235/40R18 all-season performance tires.
Inside, Integra’s 60/40 split rear seatbacks can be folded flat to flexibly expand the cargo area. Standard on the 2023 Integra are new body-stabilizing and heated front seats wrapped in synthetic leather, with 8-way power adjustment for the driver, available in either Ebony, Red or Orchid. The optional Technology Package adds a 12-way power seat (includes lumbar support) for the driver (4-way for the front passenger) as well as microsuede inserts for the front seats.
When equipped with the A-Spec sport appearance package, the Integra is equipped with stainless steel pedals, red gauge needles and contrast stitching on the steering wheel, seats, shifter and shift boot.
Integra’s technology includes a standard 10.2-inch Acura Precision Cockpit digital gauge cluster with multiple display modes and a 7-inch digital touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
The available Technology Package increases the touchscreen size to 9-inches and adds wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Alexa Built-In, Qi-compatible wireless charging and a 5.3-inch Head-Up Display (HUD). Additionally charging is supported by a USB-C port up front, along with two more USB-C charging ports at the back of the center console for rear-seat passengers.
Standard premium audio is provided via 8-speakers while the available 16-speaker ELS STUDIO 3D premium audio system features two Highline speakers mounted in the headliner, above the front seat passengers.