2024 Acura Integra Type S Pricing Starts Above $50,000

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

Acura has finally announced pricing for the new 2024 Integra Type S and it has predictably come out as more expensive than the Honda Civic Type R with a starting MSRP of $51,995. The Acura offers additional standard equipment, however, and produces a smidgen more power from the 2.0-liter turbo the two models share. Though the over $7,000 pricing premium might make the fancier badge a tough sell, especially these days.

As previously mentioned, both vehicles run the K20C1 inline four-cylinder engine, which yields 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque on the Honda. By contrast, Acura offers 320 horsepower and the same amount of torque — which you likely would not notice until you compared them on a dynamometer.

Physically, the cars aren’t all that different. The Type S is slightly heavier and offers a longer, sedan-like appearance. But they’re both technically hatchbacks and the Acura’s shape actually means it loses a few cubic feet of cargo space. Differences are negligible in most respects, with the big get being the Acura’s slightly wider stance. Though we cannot yet confirm whether that makes it better in the corners when everyone gets 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.

The best stuff all appears to be shared. Both models utilize the Type R’s dual-axis front suspension setup designed to eliminate torque steer and adaptive dampers. A limited slip differential also comes default, along with the six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching.

So why would you buy the Acura?

While the Integra’s design is decidedly more tasteful than the big-winged Civic, there are already aftermarket companies offering wing-deletion kits. But the Acura still maintains the premium look and that carries over into the interior.

Cabins are quite similar, with the duo sharing 10.2-inch digital gauge clusters and 9.0-inch infotainment tablets. But the Acura gets unique fonts and colors designed to evoke a sense that it’s the model intended for adults. It also utilizes upgraded materials (leather/suede) for the upholstery and dashboard.

The Integra’s seats are powered and heated by default, whereas the Civic Type R’s are not, and it comes with a slightly nicer 530-watt, 16-speaker ELS Studio 3D premium audio system. Premium badging also opens the door to a head-up display.

Everything seems to be just a little bit fancier inside of the Acura. But that’s the point. Designers were effectively given the Civic Type R and told to spruce it up. If that’s not enough for you, the only other thing we can praise is the fact that the Type S is capable of seating five vs the Honda’s maximum occupancy of just four.

[Images: Honda Motor Corp]

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Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • Bufguy Bufguy on May 06, 2023

    The Civic's competition is the VW R, the Integra aims at the Audi S3

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on May 07, 2023

    How do you get from 4 cylinders to 3 exhaust tips?

    (Seems like someone is being left out.)

  • ToolGuy "Note that those vehicles are in direct competition with models Rivian sells"• I predict that we are about to hear why this statement may not be exactly true
  • ToolGuy From the relevant Haynes Repair Manual:"Caution: The 4.6L models require a special tool to extract the water pump from the coolant crossover housing. This special tool is expensive and the removal procedure is difficult. Have the water pump replaced by a dealer service department or other qualified automotive repair facility if the tool is not available."One version of the tool is Lisle 14440; I paid $10.82 (less 5% discount, plus shipping).You can see why I never attempt my own maintenance or repairs. 😉
  • Dave M. IMO this was the last of the solidly built MBs. Yes, they had the environmentally friendly disintegrating wiring harness, but besides that the mechanicals are pretty solid. I just bought my "forever" car (last new daily driver that'll ease me into retirement), but a 2015-16 E Class sedan is on my bucket list for future purchase. Beautiful design....
  • Rochester After years of self-driving being in the news, I still don't understand the psychology behind it. Not only don't I want this, but I find the idea absurd.
  • Douglas This timeframe of Mercedes has the self-disintegrating engine wiring harness. Not just the W124, but all of them from the early 90's. Only way to properly fix it is to replace it, which I understand to be difficult to find a new one/do it/pay for. Maybe others have actual experience with doing so and can give better hope. On top of that, it's a NH car with "a little bit of rust", which means to about anyone else in the USA it is probably the rustiest W124 they have ever seen. This is probably a $3000 car on a good day.