By on April 29, 2022


Whatever you think about Acura’s usage of the vaunted Integra nameplate, I think most of us can agree it’s leagues better than the alphabet soup to which we’ve been subjected over the past 25 years. All they need to do is trot out the Legend and Vigor names once again and we’ll be in business.

Now the model’s made the rounds after its official launch, Acura is ready to put a price tag on the thing. If you seek a copy of this turbocharged five-door liftback, it’ll set you back no less than $31,895 including destination.

That’ll be for the entry-level trim, of course, one simply called ‘Integra’ and available only with an automatic transmission. Under the hood is a 1.5-liter turbo (with VTEC kicking in, yo) cranking out 200 horsepower and roughly the same amount of torque. Unlike older Honda engines which made their peak power in the nosebleed section of its tachometer, all the horses are on duty by 6,000 rpm while torque peaks at just 1,800 rpm and stays there until five grand.

Anyone looking for an A-Spec trim (same powertrain) will have to shell out $33,895 plus an extra $3,000 for a so-called Technology Package which includes the likes of a heads-up display and adaptive damper system. It’s at that level where the six-speed manual finally appears, showing up as a no-charge option. This means the bill will be $36,895 for the one you actually want.

As part of the deal comes a new Acura Maintenance Program that covers select factory-scheduled maintenance at participating Acura dealers for the first two years or 24,000 miles. The program includes standard oil and filter changes, tire rotations, plus various and sundry multi-point inspections. And, yes, it is fully transferrable to subsequent owners should the original buyer choose to ditch the car before the time or mileage limits are up.

Look for the new Integra to show up in dealers this June.

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30 Comments on “Acura Prices New Integra, Sets Sale Date...”

  • avatar

    a) $32000
    b) “premium” brand with CVT

    a) No
    b) No

    Buy a Civic Touring instead and save some money.

  • avatar

    I don’t think that the price is out of line for this car. HUD is awesome – once you have it you won’t want to give it up. I’m also partial to adaptive dampers as well. Looks good, too…at least in these photos. They should sell pretty well at that price unless the dealer scum decides that a $5K ADM is in order. Sure you can save a few bucks on other cars, even Honda’s own but I doubt that will hold the car back. The choice of the Integra name might not have been the best choice as it sets certain expectations that this car might not meet…

    • 0 avatar

      “HUD is awesome – once you have it you won’t want to give it up.”

      Until a few weeks of having given it up has time by. By that time, you’ve gotten used to look at the speedometer again…

      It’s the same story with nearly all initial conveniences. Coming home after a month in the bush; a real stove becomes a nuisance, compared to an initially annoying-as-heck camp stove. Since the camp stove is by then just as intuitive, and you don’t have to deal with cleaning oil splatter off fancy counters, change out hood filters nor deal with a woman telling you you’re doing it wrong….

  • avatar

    Just like old Hondas, a well-thought-out package that’s a little down on power at a not-cheap, not-horrible price. The only big question left to answer is the weight difference between this and the Civic.

  • avatar

    Does a new name for ILX make this Civic in Acura clothing deserve the excitement this is getting?

    • 0 avatar

      I’ve long thought the insertion of the letter “I” in the “ILX” name was a embarrassed shout out of the Integra name as if to acknowledge, yeah, we know it’s not a worthy successor to ANY Integra but we’re hoping you overlook that and buy the closest thing to it we’re gonna sell in that space for as long as you’re a sucker for it.

  • avatar
    John G.

    I am excited about this car. I would get the Civic Si, except that I really want adaptive dampers (my wife’s ’21 Tahoe has them, and the ride is excellent). The GTI was really my first choice, but the lack of buttons for radio and climate is a dealbreaker. That the Integra has a hatchback, HUD, and heated seats is icing on the cake, though I wish the liftover height was lower. For me, the sole remaining questions are: will the Civic Type R have adaptive dampers, and will the higher price be worth it? And, how expensive will the Integra Type S be, and will its higher price be worth it? And, how does the ride on these compare to the BRZ/GR86? I want a new, sporty, comfortable, practical, smaller, inexpensive to use and maintain car, and will be trading in my 2013 Fiat Abarth 500C, which has served me well for 133K miles. At age 60, I now value more comfort than Zippy can offer me.

    • 0 avatar

      If you like the GTI but don’t like the dash and want adaptive dampers, I have two words of advice: Jetta GLI. It’ll solidly outperform the Integra, you won’t have to spend five grand more to get a manual, and if you want an automatic, the DSG is going to be about 1,000% better than the Integra’s CVT.

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        He might want the car to last though.

      • 0 avatar
        John G.

        Mike, yep, I may take a hard look at the GLI when the time to pull the trigger comes. I prefer the appearance of the Civic Si and the added features of the Integra. And, I have concerns about VW reliability. But, yes, I agree, the GLI should be on my short list. And, I will only buy a six speed.

        • 0 avatar


          I was “ride or die” with a manual when I bought my GLI, but the DSG changed my mind. It’s excellent, and if you are shopping a GLI, you should definitely try it out. At minimum, it’d be worlds better than the CVT in the Acura. In fact, I’d argue the manual shift action in the GTI/GLI was one of its’ weaker performance features. The manual in the Civic Si is best in class, so if you’re “manual or nothing,” it might be a better choice, even though it’s quite a bit slower than the GTI/GLI.

          Have fun shopping, in any case.

    • 0 avatar

      Stop playing with FWD kids cars! A proper RWD sedan or AWD with torque vectoring is what you want. Or just get a sport bike or touring bike like a Ducati ST4.

      A Cadillac CT5-V with magnetic adjustable shocks is what want!

  • avatar

    $35K for an “integra” w/a 1.5 civic engine?? Nope, that’s the same price as a Type-R.

  • avatar

    Since Honda cut the content of the new versus 9th-Gen Si so that they wouldn’t steal the Integra’s thunder, I’d expect something similar in the Type-R, probably a hatchback with Si-level equipment—single-zone climate control, no adjustable suspension, but with the more powerful 2.0T. Again, the features will be cut to make room for the equivalent Integra, instead of making the Integra a clear leap beyond the equivalent Civic in execution and feel, while keeping the same features on both. To my eye, if Honda would have essentially used the identical car as the basis for both the Civic and Integra back in the day, the Civic Si would have had DX-level—stripper, no available A/C, crap stereo, no remote mirrors, and wind-‘em-yourself windows—while the Integra of the period would have had everything on the EX-level Civic. While also having the Civic EX on offer at the Honda store!

    An Integra Type-S will have everything missing from the CTR, but the speculation on the Temple Of VTEC is that the ‘Teg S may not have the knife-edge handling.

  • avatar

    Whats wrong with Legend and Vigor?

  • avatar

    What is the actual cost difference for them to give you a box o’ gears versus a warmed over snowmobile transmission ? As much as we bemoan it, 95% of the market won’t or can’t or never learned to drive manual, so autobox it is for many. I am very impressed with some of the current crop, BMW’s 8 speed, Benz’s 9 speed, and whatver is in the current 911, are wonderful…always in the right gear, actually lowers the driver’s work load….so done well, an autobox can be enthusiast. Still, how much cheaper is a CVT for them to make vs. classic gears and clutches ? Looking at replacment prices (at retail, of course) they don’t look any cheaper than a box of gears…and the manual as the Cherry on Top option package is typical Acura BS marketing nonsense….

  • avatar

    There hasn’t been any VTEC kick in anything Honda has made since the end of the 8th gen Civic Si.

  • avatar

    Exterior looks good and the interior design is more appealing than anything else Acura makes. Seats, stereo and shifter should all be A+ too. $36k is pretty reasonable.

    It’s just a shame they didn’t do anything more with that 1.5t.

  • avatar

    “with VTEC kicking in, yo”.

    Nah, it has variable cam phasers just like everyone else. No variable lift. Jeez Guy, wake up to the new millenia already and give yourself an update. This sort of error seems common with you, which since you’re masquerading as an automotive journalist, seems a bit pathetic.

    From Civicx forum:

    “There seems to be some confusion, compounded by Honda as well, on whether the 1.5L is VTEC or not. Short answer: No, it is not VTEC. Long answer: The 1.5L Turboengine features dual VTC on both the Intake and Exaust camshaft. This affects Valve timing only. In essence it does what VTEC does in that it is variable valve timing, minus the lift.”

    In other words, just like everyone else since about 2008.

    BMW gives you variable lift on its V8s as well as the usual intake and exhaust cam phasers. Infiniti/Nissan used to have variable valve timing and lift on the old 3.7l V6 G37s and whatnot. I wonder if it’ll feature on the new 400Z or be ditched to save a few bucks.

    The Honda 1.5t engine is an unimpressive thing, a long stroke droning unlively buzzer, hardly classic Honda with a perky response. It’s a leaden engine offering no joy, and a paltry 200 hp. Wow, gee.

    Stuffing this choker in the new Acura is typical of Honda these days — lost in past glory and unable to revive itself. A GTI/GLI slays this thing every which way and twice on Sundays, and probably is about as reliable given Honda’s slide these days.

    I don’t know how they judge themselves at Honda Japan Corporate, but nobody in Europe buys Hondas these days — overpriced and underequipped, Mazda slays ’em over there. Honda seems to have lost any swagger it had, any joie-de-vivre. Just another dull car company now, lost.

    What a completely unimpressive effort this Integra is, a phone-in special. The best thing about it is its name.

  • avatar

    Unbelievable they put a CVT in this. I’ve stopped buying Honda’s because of this. (former owner of the original Integra)

  • avatar

    There is no value proposition for this car, it will be gone after three model years. Honestly, if they wanted to sell more than a handful, they should have put the Integra name on yet another CUV. Car types would moan and wring their hands and Acura would actually sell a bunch of them.

  • avatar

    Meh. I lost interest when they said it would have the 1.5T engine, same as the Civic Si, and that the base model isn’t available with the manual.

    The 2.0T from the Accord should have been the base engine, available with the stick. I bought a 1st gen Integra new back in the day, and I distinctly remember that it had more hp than the Civic Si or the Accord LXi.

    That is why Acura was able to set the MSRP higher than that of the Si, more power to offset the higher curb weight.

    The Hyundai Elantra N stickers for less than the manual Integra, and has 70 hp more. The GTI/GLI have 30 hp more, with the GLI stickering for less. Sorry Honda, I would have loved to own another Integra that was at least worthy of the name, but this is just lame, and it tarnishes the nameplate. You should have just stuck with the ILX name if you weren’t willing to give it more hp than an Si, which is barely competitive itself.

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