By on September 29, 2021

If you were hoping the returning Acura Integra would be the peppy, three-door liftback everyone coveted 20 years ago, we may have some bad news for you. Based on the latest teasers coming from the Honda Motor Company, the fifth-generation model will likely harken back to the five-door vehicles that rarely saw themselves equipped with aftermarket body kits or cold-air intakes and barely received any screen time in the Fast & Furious films.

Rather than focus on the cars of the 1990s (arguably the high-water mark for the Integra), Honda has decided to base the new model on the first-generation and even included a photo of the 1986 Acura Integra RS 5-Door in the latest marketing materials to drive the point home. 

While the sharp angles and pop-up headlamps of the 1980s are endearing, those elements are absent both from the fifth-gen model. From what we can tell, the forthcoming Integra will be a five-door with curvaceous haunches and the modern Acura beak. But it’s not as blasphemous as it first appears.

Despite not being the car many of us pined for in high school, the Integra was sold as a sedan in addition to the three-door variant we’ve since convinced ourselves was the best front-drive compact in automotive history. Some examples sporting more than the minimum number of doors even had Type R badging — not that I’ve ever seen one in the real world. The first generation also included a five-door model and that’s the vehicle Acura is using to rationalize the upcoming body style. Though it’s more likely that the manufacturer plans on replacing the ILX with the Integra and decided to base it on a newer version of the five-door Honda Civic.

Regardless, it remains traditional for the Integra to take the foundation of the Civic so it can be reformed into something grander. Odds are good that the model will be picking up parts from Honda’s performance bin in even its base configuration and it’s assuredly going to have a Type S variant going on sale eventually. But getting any specific details has been difficult.

We’ve heard that the base Integra is supposed to come with a small, turbocharged engine (likely the 1.5-liter found in Civic Touring) and front-wheel drive. But it’s likely to have a bit more oomph than what’s available from Honda and be easily outclassed by performance versions that will assuredly borrow their hardware directly from the 2.0-liter Civic Type R.

None of this has been confirmed, however, and there are loads of rumors we’re less willing to entertain — including that the Integra might offer all-wheel drive and make use of hybridization. We wouldn’t bank on anything other than there being an optional manual transmission somewhere in the mix until Acura is willing to dish out more than a few pictures.

[Images: Honda Motor Company]

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26 Comments on “Returning Acura Integra Will Be Five-Door Liftback...”


  • avatar
    Undead Zed

    Sounds to me like we’re getting a rebadged Civic with (slightly) better leather and a (substantially) bigger pricetag.

    • 0 avatar
      Astigmatism

      So, an Acura.

    • 0 avatar

      To some extent that was what an integra was. Given the market despises 2 door cars (and really seems to have extra hate for 2 door FWD cars) it makes zero sense to make it in that body style. I kind of like the idea of a nicer Civic, I’m gonna guess the price will be more then I want to pay but still I like the idea.
      in 96 an Integra ran from 16k to 22k. About 28k to 38k today. If they can have a model under 30k I think I may be interested but I’m guessing it will be more like mid 30’s at which point not for me.

      • 0 avatar
        Astigmatism

        Considering how solid the new Civic platform appears to be, having the option to spend $10k more to get one with a nicer interior, a stronger engine, a tuned suspension and a better dealer network seems like a no-brainer. The only question is whether calling it the “Integra” means people will turn on it if it doesn’t back up the historical name.

        • 0 avatar
          stuki

          +1

          The current Civic is as premium as it gets, in all but name and trim bits.

          Honda/Acura may still get the last laugh, from having helped dragging the rest of mainstream brands so far into premiumdom, that they are all stuck playing the nicer-mainstream-car game with their premium offerings now.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Bingo.

    • 0 avatar
      jmo2

      And a lot more sound deadening.

    • 0 avatar
      Fred

      Well it is an ILX replacement, what did you expect?

      • 0 avatar
        Matt Posky

        I cannot confirm that the Integra will replace the (also Civic-based) ILX, I just don’t see much room for the ILX in Acura’s lineup if the Integra is kicking around.

  • avatar
    pmirp1

    Can anyone tell me why Acura needs two performance sedans? Has anybody even looked at TLS back row which is smaller than a Civic?

    Can Japanese ever think outside the box?

    Why not make a luxury version of Honda Ridgeline? Make it sporty and boxy and full of leather and turbo V6.

    It must be a Japanese thing, they can only do incremental improvement and never be creative.

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      The Japanese engineer their parts to go 250,000 miles. That’s their engineering specifications. They also do tighter quality control than Gm does. I’ve seen it many times, in many plants. They also have a different corporate ethos. Being sent to someplace like Marshall, IL to run a plant for a few years is considered an honor and will fast-track you for promotion once you get back to Japan. Making intake manifolds, or whatever, in Saginaw, MI means you lost and you lost big buddy, no office at the RENCEN for you! 250,000 miles before breaking/replacement and constant quality control inspections result in incremental improvements over already amazing engineering/products. I never knew Norm had a brother in Atlanta.

  • avatar
    jmo2

    Props for brining back actual names. I’m fine with calling their new large SUV the Legend.

  • avatar
    Fred

    If the Integra is smaller than the TLX and cheaper I would be interested. Give me SH-AWD and a manual I’m definitely in. Still I’ll wait a year for the hype to die down and I can get a deal.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    There are only two questions that need answering about this car:

    (1) What is the curb weight?
    (2) Will it be available with a manual?

    We already know the answers to all the rest.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Apparently the “you already said that!” dupe filter is b0rked.

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    Still, don’t be surprised if it lands as a CUV of some kind, nobody builds cars anymore, not if they want to make bank.

  • avatar
    AK

    GSR with the SI’s 1.5t. $34k

    Type S with the Type R’s 2.0t $44k

    6 speed / 10 speed. SH-AWD.

    Competes with Audi A3/S3

  • avatar
    Lichtronamo

    The 1994 Integra sedan was the car I SHOULD HAVE bought for my first new car after college – don’t ask what I did buy instead.

    Given that cars like the Civic and GTI no longer come as a 2-door, its not surprising the remade Integra won’t either. The car isn’t likely to be as analog as the second generation benchmark either. That said, the Civic and Golf GTI/R both show that these cars can continue to be desirable, if different.

    We should celebrate that Honda is bringing this car especially if it were to include a manual transmission and AWD.

  • avatar
    Michael S6

    In 1998 I bought my first car, a base Acura Integra with manual transmission. The car replaced a 7 year old Oldsmobile Cutlass salon with a 4.3 liter V8 which represented the height of GM incompetence. 30 years later I still remember the excitement of owning and driving that car. Nowadays, I am skeptical that it will offer significant driving enjoyment or cache over the civic SI or R, but hopefully Acura will prove me wrong.

  • avatar
    KOKing

    It being a 5dr instead of a 3dr hatch was predictable, and specifically a ‘gran coupe’ profile given today’s market. I still think NewTeggy is gonna be a hybrid only (i.e. no MT) affair, since with the ILX being replaced by this and the NSX-S swan song, there’ll be NO ‘sport hybrid’ Acura in the lineup.

  • avatar
    Secret Hi5

    Liftback would be a big plus for me. Not too many of those nowadays: Stinger, A7, Model S, Panamera, Prius . . . what else? You get sexy sedan looks and improved utility. OK, Prius excepted on the former, ha!

  • avatar
    Tirpitz

    I’m a former Integra owner (1990 GS) who has driven the new 2022 Civic Sedan Sport with the natural aspirated motor on a 250 mile road trip and who needs to add a new vehicle to my fleet sometime in the next couple of years. The new Integra will definitely get a hard look from me.

    Four doors is a plus for me as I would frequently have three people in the car. The downer on the Civic is the use of a CVT. If Acura puts a good automatic into the Integra I’d pay a premium for that. A better stereo would be appreciated too though the one is the Civic wasn’t terrible. I know we will probably be looking at an all turbo lineup but I’d love to see an uprated 2.0L motor with no turbo harkening back to the old Honda days. I’d take that motor over a turbo.

    Price will be critical too. There are a number of viable options for me under $30K including the Civic and I’ll have to weigh those vs. the advantages of an Integra that will surely be over $30K and probably $40K loaded. If we get a tarted up Civic with a $10K price bump I’ll pass on the Integra.

  • avatar
    IBx1

    I knew they didn’t have the guts to make an Integra.

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