For the first time since its arrival to the country in 1987, the iconic Integra nameplate is making a return to Canadian dealerships in June, with a starting price of $34,350.
Labelled as an icon for the next generation of enthusiast drivers, the 2023 Integra comes as a new performance gateway for Acura with its delivery of sporty engineering and advanced technology, packaged in a sleek liftback exterior that promises excitement.
In preparation for the launch of the segment, here are five things you need to know about the 2023 Acura Integra:
Dressed to Impress
Inspired by the legacy of Integras before it, the 2023 model maintains a sporty coupe-like presence with its low cowl, liftback design. In contrast to its familiar profile, the modern reimagining allures with its Diamond Pentagon front grille, bordered by four JewlEye LED headlights, while the wide single piece LED tail lights pay homage to the older Integra generations.
The Integra nameplate is once again embossed in the front and rear fascia, while the A-Spec sport package adds gloss black front and rear fascia trim, distinct A-Spec badges, a lip spoiler as well as Shark Grey 18-inch alloy wheels.
A Premium Cabin Feel
Nearly every surface of the 2023 Integra features high-quality materials for a distinct and comfortable driving experience.
Highlighted by a sleek black trim, the climate control vents resemble the diamond mesh pattern of the grille. Synthetic leather front seats with 8-way power adjustments are now body-stabilizing and heated, while rear passengers enjoy generous legroom. The rear seatbacks may additionally be folded flat to expand the cargo area.
And for a performance edge, the A-Spec package adds stainless steel pedals, contrast stitching on the steering wheel, seats, shifter and shift boots, as well as striking red gauge needles. The Elite A-Spec package includes 12-way power seats for the driver.
An Exhilarating Driving Experience
Setting a new standard for modern engineering, the first-ever factory turbocharged Integra sports a 1.5-litre VTEC turbo 4-cylinder engine, producing 200 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. Integra’s standard CVT automatic transmission is specifically tuned for the high-output of the turbo engine, responding quickly, while the rigid body, sport-tuned chassis and fully independent suspension system all deliver comfortable, sporty handling.
Drivers will have a choice of three select driving modes (Comfort, Normal and Sport) through the standard Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), which provides correlating transmission mapping, throttle response, steering feel and gauge coloration.
The available segment-exclusive 6-speed manual transmission model offers additional performance personality features, such as automatic rev matching on downshifts and power distribution through the helical limited-slip differential when accelerating out of corners.
Integra’s Elite A-Spec Package also adds adjustments to in-cabin engine sound and a personalized “Individual” driving mode for customized IDS settings for driver preference.
Integra’s class-leading technology boasts a standard 10.2-inch Acura Precision Cockpit digital gauge cluster featuring multiple display modes and a 7-inch digital touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
The Elite A-Spec Package increases the digital touchscreen to 9-inches, with built-in Alexa integration, Qi wireless charging and a 5.3 Heads-Up Display.
Safety Around Every Turn
Finally, the 2023 Integra arrives with Acura’s extensive suite of standard safety features and driver-assisting technologies.
Included in Integra’s standard AcuraWatch are the Collision Mitigation Braking Systems, which distinguish between vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles; the Traffic Sign Recognition, Traffic Jam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and the Lane Keeping Assist System.
Further advancements have been made to the driver and passenger front airbags, designed to cradle the head and reduce the risk of brain injuries in the result of a collision. Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure additionally provides collision protection, distributing impact force from other vehicles as well as pedestrians, reducing the likelihood of injury.