By on August 13, 2021

Acura

The Acura Integra is back, officially.

As part of Monterey Car Week, Acura announced that the Integra will return.

“The Integra is back,” said Jon Ikeda Vice President and Acura Brand Officer in a statement. “I’m thrilled to say Integra is returning to the Acura lineup with the same fun-to-drive spirit and DNA of the original, fulfilling our commitment to Precision Crafted Performance in every way – design, performance and the overall driving experience.”

Specs are non-existent, though Roadshow thinks the car will share the Civic’s platform. We think that makes sense, and like our colleagues, we’re hoping for a turbo four and a stick. Oh, and a Type S that uses some or all of the Civic Type R’s wonderful underpinnings.

Indeed, that’s is how Acura needs to build this car to avoid screwing it up. It needs to be fun to drive, more upscale than a Civic, and well-styled. It needs to not be a reboot of the ILX.

If Acura gets the driving dynamics right, and gives the car enough luxury features to justify a price premium over a Civic/Civic Si/Civic Type R, the Integra can help continue to get the brand back on track after it lost its way a while back. If Acura messes this up, we’ll be quite disappointed.

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60 Comments on “Acura Confirms Integra Return for 2022...”


  • avatar
    theflyersfan

    Please do this right. No crossover, lifted anything. 6 speed manual. 300+ HP. I can live with a mild hybrid if it gives more power and better fuel mileage.

    I want to put my money where my mouth is and if they do this right, let’s see how much a 2020 GLI with around 10,000 miles will be worth next year.

    • 0 avatar
      Astigmatism

      The new Civic would be a great platform to build a sporty Acura hatchback and recapture everything that once made the brand great.

      I can’t wait to see the plug-in hybrid HR-V with a 210-mile range that they end up releasing under the Integra name.

      • 0 avatar
        theflyersfan

        That’s why I think this will be a Civic Type-R with a toned down appearance, an Acura interior, and maybe a mild hybrid system to help with MPGs. They already have a great platform and with production of the CTR coming to Ohio, I understand there will be additional production capacity.

        And I hope this starts a trend of putting names back on Acuras.

      • 0 avatar
        kjhkjlhkjhkljh kljhjkhjklhkjh

        God dammit … Yep .. this ^ .. they will recycle the CRZ

    • 0 avatar
      FerrariLaFerrariFace

      Although 300hp would be the easy button just by slapping the CTR engine in it, I don’t see Honda doing that. I suspect they’ll leave the Type R as the track-focused model and make this a toned-down version that’s more luxury based.
      There’s a pretty wide gap between the Si (205hp) and the CTR (306hp). The Integra could easily slot between them, still be a hoot to drive, while differentiating itself in some other way. Maybe by being the coupe that the new Civic won’t be?

    • 0 avatar
      dwford

      Can we get that mild hybrid with a 8000rpm redline please?

    • 0 avatar

      I just came here to say, “I bet it’s a crossover– like the Eclipse.”

      • 0 avatar
        DungBeetle62

        This.

        I’d love as much as anyone the idea of a Type R in a less-frumpy body shell with fewer attached pieces of gingerbread; but I’m waiting to see before I start letting my pulse rate rise.

        Less “ILX reboot”, and more “Acura version of the HR-V”, I’m fearing.

        • 0 avatar
          jalop1991

          “Less “ILX reboot”, and more “Acura version of the HR-V”, I’m fearing.”

          Yes, this is what will happen.

          Honda sees the Kona N and reacts. The days of Honda being a leader are long, long gone. Honda reacts to the market, and Hyundai/Kia has scared them to death for 20 years now.

          HR-V with leather (bonded, no doubt) and a turbo 4 somewhere between 225hp and 275hp. And knowing Honda, desperate as they are to make a fleet MPG number, automatic only so they have complete control.

      • 0 avatar
        Syke

        It’s already Friday the thirteenth. We don’t need any more negativity.

      • 0 avatar
        FerrariLaFerrariFace

        Well, they debuted it by drawing this shape in the air with drones. So probably a coupe/sedan and not a crossover. But I’ve been fooled before.

        https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/prod.mm.com/uploads/2021/08/13/1628834569_f2bcae89-0fd7-4b27-ac62-9c87567be81c_mmthumb.jpeg

    • 0 avatar
      Varezhka

      I think this is the “New Compact Sedan” in the dealer presentation that was leaked last year, so I don’t think we have to worry about crossovers this time.

      I’m guessing 1.5L Turbo from Civic Si for the base model and the 2L Turbo from Type-R for the Type-S?

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    Yes! Give me the Si underpinnings in a coupe body.

    • 0 avatar

      This would be the ideal scenario– if not something smaller than the current Civic.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      I’d love to see an Integra coupe, but if it’s basically a higher-priced Si, where’s the market? Honda made an Si coupe, and it was discontinued a while back. I don’t see how they move any units at all making an Acura version for more money.

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        Make it appeal to people that will spend more. Ditch the designed in study hall styling of the last car and the front seats designed to look like you grabbed them at Pep Boys after binging on The Fast and Furious. I love how the last (and I assume current)SI drives. I wouldn’t own one though because I have to look at it. The current one is better, but there is so much room for improvement.

        They did a great job in the golden era of making the Integra worth the upgrade.

  • avatar
    JMII

    As a two door hatchback with a stick? Not a crossover? Does someone have the local weather in hell, because they might be seeing snow flurries down there about now.

    • 0 avatar
      thegamper

      Agree. That was my first thought is “how is this thing going to sell in this market” I guess if it is built on an existing platform and is largely Acura/Honda parts bin it will not be a huge drag on their bottom line and may drum up some interest in the brand….temporarily. But this car is not what the market wants right now. Aside from some GenX’rs that now have some money in their pocket, I just dont see a large audience for this car beyond its introductory year.

      That being said, I love that they are doing it though. If it brings dad into the showroom and he ends up leaving with a MDX because he has 3 kids, I guess mission accomplished.

      • 0 avatar
        Syke

        It’s very possible to make this work even in today’s market. Not everybody is slavering for a crossover, some of us still want a performance car that doesn’t need a Hemi. Just put it together carefully from the parts bin and, most importantly, release it with the attitude that you here to make a reasonable profit on something you acknowledge from day one is going to be a limited market vehicle. Pander to the manual transmission faithful. Give it some SCCA support while you’re at it.

        • 0 avatar
          jalop1991

          “Not everybody is slavering for a crossover, some of us still want a performance car that doesn’t need a Hemi.”

          Three letters: G, T, and I.

          It is the perfect balance of a car. Sure, individuals want more of something–more power, more advanced suspension, whatever. But taken as a whole, it’s the perfect balance of what you describe.

          Good luck, Honda. Whatever they bring out, it will be like just another Android phone in a world where the iPhone exists.

      • 0 avatar
        ttacgreg

        You are seeing it my way. No matter how good this may be people want their crossovers.

        Honda better be prepared for this to be a niche, perhaps a halo vehicle. Maybe like the Miata is the low-volume halo car for Mazda.

        • 0 avatar
          jalop1991

          “Honda better be prepared for this to be a niche, perhaps a halo vehicle. Maybe like the Miata is the low-volume halo car for Mazda.”

          I would absolutely love if that were the case.

          “You know, we’re making stunningly embarrassing amounts of money selling the MDX. Let’s put a couple bucks toward having the car Dad really wants sitting here, and some money marketing it long term. Best case Dad will buy it along with the MDX; worst case he’ll leave with a new MDX.”

          But that would require intelligent forethought, something Honda got rid of a long time ago.

    • 0 avatar
      ttacgreg

      Well the weather has been going pretty crazy lately, that would be no surpise.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    This is a good thing; agree with all your comments, Tim. Acura needs a reboot, and this could help.

  • avatar
    Fred

    There will be no manual, no hatch and it will be priced about $5000 less than the TLX. I think I’ll be driving my TSX a bit longer.

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      Sounds about right, optimized to fail. Thus another Honda CRZ?

    • 0 avatar
      WheelMcCoy

      Honda has been stubbornly opposed to reviving the Integra brand for decades, so I’m thinking “why now?” I smell ions in the air, the kind we’re all familiar with after a thunderstorm.

      Hopefully, @JMII, it will be better than the CR-Z. And like @Fred, I am still driving around my 2012 TSX Wagon.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    It needs to not be a reboot of the ILX.

    This. Completely this.

    When the ILX first landed, Acura basically phoned it in. This can’t be a badge job with some light massaging of interior bits and sheet metal.

    Fully understand they need to build a pedestrian version for the “most buyers” but it needs more differentiation than Chevy v Buick on the inside if it’s going to share the Civic driveline and most of the driving dynamics.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      The ILX actually was quite different from the Civic – it used a unique engine and transmission, as I recall (or maybe they updated it over the years).

      The problem was that they let the model get REALLY stale.

      • 0 avatar
        APaGttH

        They updated IIRC

        Out of the gate is was close to a Civic+

      • 0 avatar
        jalop1991

        “The ILX actually was quite different from the Civic”

        Not really.

        And in fact, it used–and uses, to this day–the 2012 Civic platform, before the refresh.

        I’m pretty sure no one at Honda realizes that manufacturing line is still going. It’s slipped through the cracks. That’s the only explanation for that. Otherwise, they’d use the new platform for Acura FIRST and then let Honda have it to go full boat F&F on.

        Maybe–just maybe–in this day and age of “the TLX platform is unique to Acura,” the Integra platform will be, too. But to say I’m not holding my breath is a severe understatement.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    I may be the only Honda fanboy who’s never owned a Honda. Grew up in the 80s in Honda’s heyday – Prelude, CRX, Civic Si, Acura Legend and Integra. Loved the damned things. Then in the 90’s and early 2000s, BMW showed what you could do with more engineering money and rwd with a similar ethos.

    Neither of these companies is making much of interest today. If Acura figures out how to appeal to that 80s/90s drive, design and simplicity, I’ll be there.

    I doubt they’ll do it.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    When I read the headline I assumed they were changing the name of the ILX to Integra.

    After reading the article I’m convinced they’re changing the name of the ILX to the Integra.

    This should, but doesn’t excite me. The Integra was a fantastic car. It, on paper, could be exactly replicate-able today without any real effort. But, it will not be replicated and will be a disappointment. It’ll be a fine car that does everything well. Just like every other car for sale today. It’ll enjoy a first year sale success with drop off every year until it is killed in 2026 and replaced with an electric crossover.

    At least the Integra actually had a 4-door version since this will NOT be available with fewer than 4 doors.

  • avatar
    ajla

    The optimism in the comments will only make the crushing reality worse.

    • 0 avatar
      Syke

      We have to have something to hope for.

    • 0 avatar
      turbo_awd

      I came to post pessimistic comments. Heck, they even messed up the “totally new flagship” TLX Type-S (needed a bit more power, and MORE REAR LEGROOM, not some silly “extra hood overhang”) – Acura was always the PRACTICAL daily driver sporty car with a touch of luxury – kind of like a BMW Lite. Being less practical than BMW doesn’t work.

      I’m more (VERY cautiously) optimistic about the new WRX / STI than the Integra. Of course, sticking with my Stinger for the foreseeable future – room for the family, power, fun, some luxury, etc.

      And could all you automakers stop with the “Here’s the super-hot new model we’re excited to bring to you today (shows 3 lines in some random configuration). Next quarter, we will tell everyone the reveal date for the press release date for the media kit availability timeframe for the potential discussions of the possible vehicle color palette” CRAP? This is another thing Acura got so wrong – they teased the Type S, then kept people hanging on for MONTH AFTER MONTH, then released the 4-cyl specs, more delay for the V6, etc. It’s (*&@#$ annoying and doesn’t make me want to buy your product any more – in fact, it makes me want to buy it LESS. A LOT less.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Just curious…what would you consider “crushing reality”? I have a feeling you’re thinking “it’s a crossover,” and I’d be let down too in that case.

      But if it’s a sedan, Acura has proven it can build a darn legit one.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Model names? What are those?

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    About damn time.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    I say, good for Acura, assuming this isn’t some rebodied HR-V (let us pray). And if it is, well…it’s not like you can’t make a fun compact crossover (see: Kona N). In any case, there is a market for cars like this (see: Audi A3, Mercedes A-class, BMW 2 gran-whatever).

  • avatar
    Boff

    My first car was a ‘92 Integra (nearly new) so this piques my interest. The car would have to be pretty special to get me out of my ND MX-5 or my early 996.

  • avatar
    KOKing

    A rebodied, tarted up 11G Civic is pretty much a certainty. I have it on good authority it will NOT be a CUV, but it probably won’t be a 2dr coupe or 3dr hatch, either. If there’s gonna be a Type S, CTR underpinnings seem logical, though I suspect the trans will be a DCT or auto, and the 3 pedals will be left on the Civic.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    I’m thinking the new Integra will be a hatchback and be priced a bit above a Civic hatch.
    When the original one was introduced in 1986 I knew someone who bought one. It was a well put together car sized just above a Civic but less sporty than a Prelude. The 1.8 DOHC really sang and in Honda fashion the shifter was smooth. Think Lancia Beta with better build quality and more refinement.

  • avatar
    jmo

    Introduce something better than a GV80 + Call it the Acura Legend = Profit

  • avatar
    sckid213

    Sadly, I honestly don’t think this will sell well unless it is electric. If it was a great handling, beautiful coupe alternative to the Model 3 (and slightly cheaper), I think it would appeal to Gen X’ers and older millennials like myself who remember the original Integra so fondly (FIVE of my best buddies in high school had Integras of various years and trims when I was in high school circa 1999.)

    I know it’s sacrilegious to suggest anything other than ICE for Integra, but I’m in LA and the only luxury models getting attention now are electric. The Model 3 has become the new “yuppie car.” The luxury market = electric now.

    I also think there’s a better chance of bringing back older nameplates and form factors (coupes, personal luxury coupes, large sedans) as EVs. It makes them seem new and fresh again.

    If ICE or hybrid, I think this new Integra will sell about as well as Toyota 86 / BRZ.

  • avatar
    Tirpitz

    As someone who owned a 1990 Integra GS and who likes the 2022 Civic hatch except for the CVT I’d love to see an Integra hatch on the new Civic platform with a conventional automatic.

    If it has SH all wheel drive as an option that is a bonus.

  • avatar
    dmulyadi

    Uh…..they catches my attention when they mentioned Legendary. Hoping a new Honda/Acura Legend. But integra is also good. Hopefully Acura learn something from their many failures. Owned many Honda and Acura in the past and currently only own CR-Z the misunderstood car.

    • 0 avatar
      thornmark

      the marketing guru who convinced Acura to drop the Legend name must be relegated to the marketing hall of infamy

      but, of course, the Honda execs went along so they should be there too

      there have few names in recent automotive history that have had the cachet of the Legend – which is oddly the reason they dropped it – people wanted Legends, Acuras, not so much

      • 0 avatar
        jalop1991

        “the marketing guru who convinced Acura to drop the Legend name must be relegated to the marketing hall of infamy”

        There’s a special room at the back of the club, just for him and Chris Bangle.

  • avatar
    MoDo

    Still remember when they ditched the RSX, they said it was to rid Acura of any boy-racer notions due to it and the integra it replaced. Betting this will be an integra in name only and just be a smaller TLX and only be sold as a 4 door, or just be a re-named facelifted ILX

  • avatar

    Hmmm…what is BMW doing ?
    I’m sure they won’t do anything interesting with engines….Honda can’t even find 10 hp for the sport versions of anything.
    I’m prepared for the yawn…the company who made the first integra (a great car) is smothered by marketers.

  • avatar
    namesakeone

    I can only hope that the above comments about it not being a crossover are correct. Something in me wonders if a truly exciting car, per Honda’s point of view, is something exciting to the shareholders. “Hey, you know how we can make the Integra (or the Eclipse or the Mustang, for that matter) more exciting? How about THREE ROWS!” Just what we need.

  • avatar
    07NodnarB

    Ill keep my fingers crossed for all you integra fanboys cuz this is either gonna be really amazing, or its gonna be a rolling dumpsterfire. Good luck!

    • 0 avatar
      jalop1991

      “cuz this is either gonna be really amazing, or its gonna be a rolling dumpsterfire”

      A rolling dumpsterfire that’s on a trainwreck, actually.

      HR-V it is. Why throw money at hardware when you can throw it at marketing instead?

  • avatar
    Detroit-Iron

    If EVs made any sense, absent the handouts and mandates, then fleet buyers would use them. While the USPS has its own issues around acquisition, Amazon and the other delivery services do not. That kind of use seems ideal for EVs or hybrids with regenerative braking, yet not one of those companies uses them.

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    It’ll be a crossover, hahahahaha!

  • avatar
    dal20402

    The picture has car proportions, not crossover proportions.

    Suspect it’s going to be a sedan that looks like a mini-TLX, is based on the new Civic, and has the variant of the 2.0T from the TLX. The big question is whether it has a stick. It would be easy enough from an engineering standpoint, but Honda’s very conservative about making low-volume models.

    If it has a stick, I’m going to have a bad case of want, even though a $35k compact sedan is not what my life needs at the moment.

  • avatar
    John R

    For the love of Peace. Please don’t goof this up.

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