2023 Acura Integra A-Spec Interior Review: How it compares to Civic

2023 Acura Integra A-Spec Interior Review: How it compares to Civic

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For higher and for worse, the 2023 Acura Integra borrows rather a lot from the Honda Civic. The air vents could appear to be the obvious bits, however they’re in reality 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 believe the Civic’s full-width utility appears extra particular and even premium, particularly given the Integra’s slightly blah grey sprint trim, however shrug. 

In any other case, the switchgear is an identical, together with the steering wheel, local weather controls, stalks and touchscreen(s). The 2 heart console designs are additionally shared, one for CVT-equipped automobiles and the opposite for manual-equipped automobiles like this one, though there are a number of variations I am going to point out later.

How a lot does this actually matter? In the end, you possibly can resolve, however for now, let’s do the complete James Cameron and deep dive into the Integra A-Spec inside.

Alright, since I’ve already talked about them, listed here are the Integra A-Spec and Civic Hatchback with six-speed guide facet by facet. We’ve not taken a pic of the Si inside on the identical angle (and Honda appears to have given up on its typical distinctive press photograph packages), so simply think about extra purple and a shifter just like (however not the identical as!) the Integra’s.

And here is the vent comparability. Once more, the Civic Si has purple trim surrounding the hexagon mesh as an alternative of silver.

This is that aforementioned blah grey sprint trim. These dots are textured, however basically, 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 suggests it good points entry to the non-compulsory Purple inside. Sure, simply actually “Purple” whereas your different decisions are “Ebony,” “Orchid” and “Graystone.”

That is not the bizarre bit. Whereas all seats are “Purple,” they don’t have the identical upholstery. The entrance seats have facilities in micro-suede cloth with leatherette bolsters in purple and black. Sorry, “Ebony.” 

The again seats are simply leatherette. Bizarre, proper?

It is arduous to consider many different automobiles, moreover the third rows of SUVs and minivans, which have totally different upholsteries in numerous seating rows. Oh, that is proper! I can consider one other one: the Honda Civic Si.

2022 Honda Civic Si

The above left photograph is the most effective I’ve (as I am guessing Honda’s advertising of us had been eager to completely disguise this explicit aspect), however the brand new Civic Si has a lot totally different upholstery entrance and rear. The entrance seats have this purple tech cloth 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 believe we will all admit that this isn’t a Lucid Air scenario the place the seats are totally different colours due to a style selection. The reply is $$$. Positive appears that is the rationale within the Integra, too, however a minimum of the entrance and rear upholstery is equally purple. Sorry, “Purple.” 

Let’s discuss switchgear. That is the silver Engine Begin/Cease button. You’ll be able to 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 also be particular to the Integra. Whereas it appears just like the Civic Si’s, the steel bit on prime extends larger 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 really owned). OK, so the second-generation TLX additionally had one thing prefer it, however that automotive was lame. 

2022 Honda Civic Si

Listed here are the Civic shifters for reference.

These buttons and knobs are shared with the Civic, though the Integra good points the INDIVIDUAL button that engages the Particular person drive mode. The drive mode toggle can also be labeled “Dynamic Mode” as an alternative of “DRIVE MODE” as within the Civic. 

Now, you will notice that the Integra doesn’t have the large honkin’ Dynamic Mode knob within the heart of its sprint like different Acuras. That is a disgrace.

Shifting barely over to the suitable, here is the primary distinction between the Integra and Civic heart consoles. Mainly, 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 Know-how bundle, 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, identical performance, even the identical graphics. 

We do not have an image of the usual 7-inch touchscreen, nevertheless it looks as if a secure wager that it will appear to be the Civic’s 7-inch unit pictured above proper. Mainly, it has a smaller, much less colourful display with extra arduous buttons — which is hardly a foul factor. However, 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. Mainly, you take a look at the display, and place your finger on the little bit of touchpad that corresponds to the spot on the display 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 here are the digital gauges, that are customary. You’ll be able to customise the show’s data and the colour scheme modifications to incorporate purple 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 will present how shut you might be to the strains (simply in case your eyes aren’t working?), and present animated variations of automobiles and semis. This appears extra distracting than something as a result of, once more, I can see the automobiles round me via this stuff known as home windows.

Headline: Acura Integra will not be submarine

Whereas there are simple advantages to the Integra’s all-digital devices, pictured above are the analog gauges of the Acura TLX Sort-S. These would’ve been proper at dwelling within the Integra. 

The Know-how bundle 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 also 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 Know-how bundle. 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 components between the Integra and Civic, the Acura remains to be undeniably the extra premium automotive. It appears and feels extra grown up, particularly in gentle of the Civic Si’s extra boy racier parts (just like the purple backpack strap upholstery). 

The Integra has additionally actually grown up from its ancestors (similar to the Civic). The again seat has enough legroom for somebody 6-foot-3 to take a seat behind himself, although removed from enough 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 unsuitable, however I do not consider 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 baggage of my typical 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 am going to get’er finished. 

As for the remainder of the Baggage Take a look at, properly, that’ll be coming within the close to future. 

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