The resurrected Acura Integra is here, and we finally know how much the sporty hatchback will cost. Based on the newest Honda Civic, albeit with a unique interior and wholly different styling, along with a combination of mechanical bits not found on one specific Civic, the new Integra unsurprisingly costs more than its Honda-badged relative—but not by much.
You see, the closest Civic to the Integra is the loaded-up Civic Sport Touring hatchback, which gets a lower-output version of the Integra’s turbocharged 1.5-liter I-4 engine and the same continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). That Civic starts at $31,290. The least-expensive Acura Integra is priced from $31,895, just $605 more.
While the top-of-the-line Civic hatchback is available with a no-cost-extra six-speed manual transmission, to get the same setup on the Integra requires leaping all the way into the top-level Integra A-Spec with the available Technology package, for $36,895. Once there, the stick-shift is a no-cost option, just like on the Civic. The base Integra and Integra A-Spec sans Technology package ($33,895) get a standard CVT, with no manual option.
Every Integra, of course, gets the higher-output 200-hp turbo 1.5-liter I-4 from the Civic Si model, which is only available as a sedan. That performance Civic’s limited-slip differential is also included on the manual transmission model, and the Integra lineup is for now front-wheel-drive-only. To better explain the Integra’s unique positioning relative to the Civic, it’s worth understanding that its Si-based powertrain isn’t offered in any Civic hatchback; that means for Honda fans, this is the mightiest Honda-ish hatchback available until the new Civic Type R arrives (which, admittedly, is pretty soon). But outright performance isn’t the whole point here; instead, the Integra is a stylish, more premium take on a fun-to-drive small car—you know, like the original Integra was way back in the 1980s. To that end, here’s a peek into what each trim level brings:
Even the entry-level Integra gets a 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster, an eight-speaker audio system, a sunroof, blind-spot monitoring, heated front seats (with power adjustment for the driver), faux leather seats, and keyless proximity key entry. Those bits are generally restricted to higher-level Civics, if they’re available on those Hondas at all. The taillights are LED, though not the headlights, and you’ll have to make do with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto—meaning you’ll need to plug your phone in to use it—and mere 17-inch aluminum wheels.
Integra A-Spec ($33,895)
The A-Spec treatment is largely centered around appearance items and includes an upgrade to 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, gloss-black trim, LED headlights, and A-Spec badges. A CVT remains standard—and the only available transmission—on Integra A-Spec models.
Integra A-Spec w/ Technology Package ($36,895)
This is the loaded Integra, and the only way to unlock both the six-speed manual transmission option (with the limited-slip differential!) and to get the larger 9.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. While the A-Spec exterior remains the same, the interior sees big upgrades including a 16-speaker ELS audio system, built-in Amazon Alexa assistant, a head-up display for the driver, a USB-C port, a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a 4-way power-adjustable passenger seat, microsuede seat inserts, and remote start (CVT only). The Tech package also adds electronically adaptive dampers to the suspension, which also unlock an “Individual” drive mode that lets you tailor various vehicle systems—the suspension included—to calmer or sportier settings. The six-speed manual transmission, by the way, is a no-cost option, so you’ll pay the same whether you choose it (and most early reservations for the Integra are for the stick shift) or the CVT.
We think the low-end Integra pricing is pretty compelling, at least based on its features and its look, especially given how little more it costs than a Civic. However, that Civic it barely costs more than is the loaded model—meaning it gets a lot of the features that are restricted to the top-dog Integra A-Spec w/ Technology package. Should you want the bigger touchscreen, or the manual transmission, or the nicer sound system, you’re spending several thousand dollars for the privilege of getting those in an Acura.
Of course, the Integra carries overlapping appeal with myriad groups; say you’re a would-be Civic Si buyer willing to spend a little more for a nicer interior, adaptive dampers, and hatchback practicality—boom, the Integra’s there. Or maybe the Civic hatchback isn’t enough for you? Or the new Volkswagen GTI’s infuriating touch-sensitive interior controls are just too much to overcome for that hatchback’s stellar powertrain and snappy handling? Integra… And then there are other entry-luxury products such as the Audi A3, BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, or the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Pricing for those all starts pretty much where the Integra tops out, so unless you absolutely need available all-wheel drive (which those Germans all offer), you’re in for quite a deal by going with the Acura.
2023 Acura Integra Pricing
- Integra: $31,895
- Integra A-Spec: $33,895
- Integra A-Spec w/ Technology pkg.: $36,895 (manual or automatic)