For higher and for worse, the 2023 Acura Integra borrows lots from the Honda Civic. The air vents might seem to be the obvious bits, however they’re the truth is totally different: the Civic’s mesh consists of hexagons whereas the Integras are diamonds. Wow, proper? The little air path nubs appear to be the identical. Personally, I feel the Civic’s full-width utility appears to be like extra particular and even premium, particularly given the Integra’s moderately blah grey sprint trim, however shrug.
In any other case, the switchgear is similar, together with the steering wheel, local weather controls, stalks and touchscreen(s). The 2 middle console designs are additionally shared, one for CVT-equipped vehicles and the opposite for manual-equipped vehicles like this one, though there are a number of variations I will point out later.
How a lot does this actually matter? In the end, you possibly can resolve, however for now, let’s do the total James Cameron and deep dive into the Integra A-Spec inside.
Alright, since I’ve already talked about them, listed below are the Integra A-Spec and Civic Hatchback with six-speed guide aspect by aspect. We have not taken a pic of the Si inside on the similar angle (and Honda appears to have given up on its normal distinctive press picture packages), so simply think about extra crimson and a shifter much like (however not the identical as!) the Integra’s.
And here is the vent comparability. Once more, the Civic Si has crimson trim surrounding the hexagon mesh as a substitute of silver.
Here is that aforementioned blah grey sprint trim. These dots are textured, however on the whole, it lacks a sure premium look.
The remainder of the sprint trim is sufficiently low sheen and padded.
Talking of low sheen and padded, let’s discuss door trim. Whereas at first look the back and front door tops look the identical, they don’t seem to be. Look nearer and you will see the sample is barely totally different, which is indicative of the truth that the entrance doorways have a soft-touch rubbery materials and the again doorways are rock-hard plastic. That is positively extra compact automotive than luxurious automotive.
This Upstairs, Downstairs theme continues …
Let’s discuss seats and fabric. That is an A-Spec, which implies it positive aspects entry to the elective Pink inside. Sure, simply actually “Pink” whereas your different decisions are “Ebony,” “Orchid” and “Graystone.”
That is not the bizarre bit. Whereas all seats are “Pink,” they don’t have the identical upholstery. The entrance seats have facilities in micro-suede material with leatherette bolsters in crimson and black. Sorry, “Ebony.”
The again seats are simply leatherette. Bizarre, proper?
It is exhausting to think about many different automobiles, apart from the third rows of SUVs and minivans, which have totally different upholsteries in several seating rows. Oh, that is proper! I can consider one other one: the Honda Civic Si.
The above left picture is the perfect I’ve (as I am guessing Honda’s advertising and marketing people had been eager to completely conceal this specific component), however the brand new Civic Si has a lot totally different upholstery entrance and rear. The entrance seats have this crimson tech material stuff that appears faraway from a backpack strap, whereas the again seat is simply plain black seat upholstery. Admittedly, this was additionally the case within the previous-generation Civic Si inside, which I do have an image of.
I feel we will all admit that this isn’t a Lucid Air state of affairs the place the seats are totally different colours due to a vogue alternative. The reply is $$$. Positive appears that is the explanation within the Integra, too, however a minimum of the entrance and rear upholstery is equally crimson. Sorry, “Pink.”
Let’s discuss switchgear. That is the silver Engine Begin/Cease button. You may inform what it does as a result of it says Engine Begin/Cease on it. This seems to be the identical button used within the Acura TLX and is the uncommon Acura piece contained in the Integra.
This shifter can be particular to the Integra. Whereas it appears to be like much like the Civic Si’s, the metallic bit on prime extends greater from the center leather-based bit. The identical may be stated when evaluating it to the six-speed guide shifter discovered within the first-generation Acura TLX (a automotive I truly owned). OK, so the second-generation TLX additionally had one thing prefer it, however that automotive was lame.
Listed below are the Civic shifters for reference.
These buttons and knobs are shared with the Civic, though the Integra positive aspects the INDIVIDUAL button that engages the Particular person drive mode. The drive mode toggle can be labeled “Dynamic Mode” as a substitute of “DRIVE MODE” as within the Civic.
Now, you will notice that the Integra doesn’t have the massive honkin’ Dynamic Mode knob within the middle of its sprint like different Acuras. That is a disgrace.
Transferring barely over to the precise, here is the principle distinction between the Integra and Civic middle consoles. Principally, the Integra has a wall/buttress bridging the hole between the console and the decrease sprint.
Above left is the 9-inch touchscreen included within the Integra’s Expertise package deal, which is compulsory by the best way, do you have to desire a six-speed guide transmission. And please, do desire a six-speed guide transmission. Anyhow, that is fairly clearly a Honda unit. Identical format, similar performance, even the identical graphics.
We do not have an image of the usual 7-inch touchscreen, however it looks as if a secure guess that it will seem like the Civic’s 7-inch unit pictured above proper. Principally, it has a smaller, much less colourful display screen with extra exhausting buttons — which is hardly a nasty factor. Nonetheless, it is lame that the 9-inch unit is not customary.
Now, earlier than you go griping about an Acura sharing its infotainment system with a Honda Civic, enable me to current you with the infotainment system present in each different Acura not named after a automotive bought in 1990. That is the True Touchpad interface. Principally, you take a look at the display screen, and place your finger on the little bit of touchpad that corresponds to the spot on the display screen you wish to contact. It is extra intuitive than that sentence makes it sound. That stated, it is nonetheless not that intuitive and creates extra issues than it solves. Our Zac Palmer kind of grew to love it, however the remainder of us have at all times chalked that as much as a kind of infotainment Stockholm Syndrome.
Listed below are the digital gauges, that are customary. You may customise the show’s info and the colour scheme modifications to incorporate crimson dial rings when in Sport mode.
I did not get an image of it, as a result of I used to be driving, however the little Integra within the center is the motive force help show. It’s going to present how shut you might be to the traces (simply in case your eyes aren’t working?), and present animated variations of vehicles and semis. This appears extra distracting than something as a result of, once more, I can see the vehicles round me by means of this stuff known as home windows.
Headline: Acura Integra just isn’t submarine
Whereas there are plain advantages to the Integra’s all-digital devices, pictured above are the analog gauges of the Acura TLX Kind-S. These would’ve been proper at residence within the Integra.
The Expertise package deal additionally provides a USB-C port up entrance and two USB-C ports in the back of the middle console for the again seats. The wi-fi charger can be added. There’s in any other case just one USB-A port within the automotive.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are customary, however they’re wi-fi with the Expertise package deal. That additionally provides a head-up show, Alexa Constructed-in, satellite tv for pc radio, in-car WiFi and …
The ELS Studio 3D sound system. You positively CAN’T get that in a Civic.
And certainly, regardless of all of the similarities and shared elements between the Integra and Civic, the Acura continues to be undeniably the extra premium automotive. It appears to be like and feels extra grown up, particularly in mild of the Civic Si’s extra boy racier components (just like the crimson backpack strap upholstery).
The Integra has additionally actually grown up from its ancestors (similar to the Civic). The again seat has adequate legroom for somebody 6-foot-3 to take a seat behind himself, although removed from adequate headroom. Even these of common peak are prone to graze their noggin. Entrance seat house is uniformly nice and the motive force seat comes with customary eight-way energy adjustment. The Civic Si is guide adjustment solely (the EX-L and Sport Touring trims do get energy), and proper me if I am mistaken, however I do not imagine any earlier Acura Integra or the RSX might be had with an influence driver seat.
The cargo space boasts simply sufficient room to suit all the luggage of my normal Baggage Take a look at. Admittedly, I’ve not baggage examined a ’98 Integra, but when somebody desires to drop one off at my home, I will get’er completed.
As for the remainder of the Baggage Take a look at, effectively, that’ll be coming within the close to future.