Talking Cars 367: Driving the 2023 Acura Integra

Acura reinvents its small sedan by using a formula from the 1990s 

Main theme: Acura has made a big effort to inject some life into its compact luxury sedan. Instead of basing it on the mainstream version of the Honda Civic, as it did with the past two generations of the ILX, the automaker has based the 2023 Acura Integra on the far-sportier Civic Si version.

By going with the Integra nameplate, Acura is reaching back to the 1980s and 1990s when the Integra proved that a small car could be an object of desire.

We discuss the Integra’s styling, engine, driving dynamics, and—most important—the available six-speed manual transmission! Yes, a rarity in luxury cars, the Integra is available with the same manual transmission as in the Civic Si.

Audience question: In a timely submission, a Talking Cars audience member asks the panel if he should buy the Acura Integra that he has on order, or if there is another car he should consider.

Talking Cars 367 panel
"Talking Cars" panelists Mike Monticello, Jon Linkov, and Ryan Pszczolkowski.

Photo: Consumer Reports Photo: Consumer Reports

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Jon Linkov

I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.