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2024 Acura Integra

Starting from CAD $41,577

Vehicle Score 7.2/10/10
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The Acura Integra is a great little car but there’s not much to separate it from its sibling from Honda, the Civic. It feels much like it, just a little fancier and more expensive. With its blend of sportiness and practicality, the Integra is a compelling alternative for those who aren’t big fans of how the new Civic looks. And because Acura is the luxury division of Honda, the Integra comes with some stuff you won’t find in the Civic.

Performance

The Integra uses the same engine as the Honda Civic SI, which we praised before. All Integra models, except the Type S, have a 200-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. While the engine is not necessarily impressive, it provides good power for everyday driving. For those who prioritize performance, Acura offers a Type S variant that excels in every aspect of what a true-performance car should deliver.

The Integra offers two transmission options: a CVT or a 6-speed manual with rev-match control. This is great, considering many automakers are phasing out manual transmissions entirely. We tested the CVT and found it lacks the fun driving experience of a manual transmission. Therefore, it’s better to go for the manual instead. Plus, they might not be available in a few years as more automakers are going the hybrid or electric route.

Interior & Comfort

When comparing the interior of the fully loaded Civic with that of the Integra, most people will have a hard time spotting significant differences. Acura seems to have copied Civic’s interior and pasted it into the Integra, with a few subtle tweaks here and there. These tweaks become more noticeable after spending some time in both vehicles. In the Civic, you’ll notice a honeycomb mesh pattern across the dashboard, which isn’t present in the Integra. The Civic’s center console, except for the SI model, differs slightly in terms of cupholder and gear shifter placement. There’s also some extra leather padding on the passenger’s side, extending from the dashboard to the center console. The Integra also gives you the option of a red or black interior which isn’t available on the regular Civic. Aside from these minor differences, the Integra’s interior is essentially a copy and paste from the Civic. And since the Integra costs a bit more, Acura should have done a little more to make it stand out.

In the cabin, the Integra does a good job of minimizing road and wind noise, making for a quiet cabin at most speeds. However, at higher speeds, there is a bit more noise compared to some other luxury vehicles in this segment.

As for the climate control system, it’s easy to operate thanks to the physical buttons that can be used to adjust the temperature and climate settings. The system in the Integra resembles what you find in other Honda vehicles, as it’s essentially carried over from the Civic. One disappointing thing is the lack of rear vents, especially given the vehicle’s price tag.

Technology & Connectivity

As with other Honda and Acura vehicles, the Integra doesn’t disappoint in the tech offering. Our tester, the base model A-Spec came with a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen display which is 2 inches smaller than what you get on the fully loaded Elite A-Spec trim. The infotainment system is user-friendly and includes wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, the lack of wireless connectivity for both on the base trim is disappointing given the price point. All Integra models also come with a 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster, which isn’t present on the Civic unless you opt for the highest trim. The digital cluster looks great and offers a lot of customizability.

Similar to other Honda and Acura cars, the Integra has lots of useful driver-assist features that come standard. The common ones like adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist work well at making rush hour commutes easier. But, if you opt for the manual transmission, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow is not included. This means it won’t be available for stop-and-go traffic but will work at higher speeds.

Cargo Space & Storage

Hatchbacks are known for their practicality, and the Integra certainly lives up to that reputation. With an impressive cargo capacity of 688L, the Integra stands out in its segment by offering more storage room than many of its competitors. If you ever require more space for longer items, the rear seats can be easily folded down as well. When it comes to storage and utility in the small luxury car segment, the Integra truly excels.

The cabin shines when it comes to storage space, with a lot of convenient storage to make your day-to-day life easier. The Integra’s interior storage is superior to that of the TLX, despite the TLX’s larger size. There’s a decently sized slot located conveniently in front of the gear shifter, which is a great little spot for stowing smaller items.

Fuel Economy

The Integra with the CVT transmission is rated at 8.1/6.5/7.4 (City/Hwy/Combined). In our week-long test, we averaged 8.3 L/100km combined.

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Pricing

Now, let’s talk about the price. The base Integra starts at around $41,000 with a CVT. And if you want the manual, you’ll need to get the Elite A-Spec trim, which costs approximately $6,000 more than the Base A-Spec trim. This raises questions about its value proposition, and it might make sense to consider the Civic, which offers the same value at a lower price.

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