Acura Integra vs. Honda Civic

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Sean is an automotive enthusiast with a background in sports journalism. He is a graduate of California Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Science in Business.

, Automotive Contributor - January 23, 2023
2022 Honda Civic Si

It was big news when Acura announced the return of the Integra, although some were disappointed that it’s essentially a Civic Si in fancy clothes. Whatever your feelings are on the matter, there is quite a bit of overlap between the Integra and the Civic. We’ve written a short comparison between the two to help you choose which model is right for you. Here's what you need to know when comparing Integra and Civic prices, size, interior, and performance.

Acura Integra vs. Honda Civic Price

2022 Honda Civic

The 2023 Acura Integra is currently offered in three trims: Base, A-Spec, and A-Spec Technology Package. The cheapest Integra currently starts at $31,895, with the A-Spec at $33,895, and the A-Spec Tech at $33,895.

The 2023 Honda Civic lineup is a bit more complicated. There are seven trims: Sport, EX, EX-L, Touring, Sport Touring, Si, and Type R. Believe it or not, that’s the easy part, as the Sport, EX, Touring, and Si are sedans, while the EX-L, Sport Touring, and Type R are hatchbacks. The sedans range from $25,745 to $30,745, while the hatchbacks go from $27,145 to $43,990 (the Type R doesn’t come cheap).

The sporty Civic Si is the Integra's most direct competitor and has a starting price of $29,195.

Acura Integra vs. Honda Civic Size

2023 Acura Integra

Both vehicles ride on the Honda Architecture platform, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they are dimensionally similar. The Integra is about two inches longer than a Civic sedan, and six inches longer than a Civic hatch. The Integra is about 100 pounds heavier as well.

The Integra has a cargo capacity of 24.3 cubic feet, which is a strong figure for a vehicle of this size and is right on par with the Civic hatch’s 24.5. Predictably, the Civic sedan does not have as much room with 14.4 cubic feet, which actually isn’t bad for a compact sedan.

Acura Integra vs. Honda Civic Interior

2023 Acura Integra Interior

Being nearly dimensionally identical inside, both models offer practically the same interior room and feel equally spacious. However, there are differences between the two cabins. The Integra uses more premium materials and generally has a more upscale feel. Not to say that the Civic’s interior isn’t a nice place to be; economy car interiors have come a long way since the days of manual windows and optional air conditioning.

The Integra and the Civic share dash components including climate controls and vents, a 10.2- inch digital gauge display, as well as the standard 7.0-inch touchscreen, which can be upgraded to a 9.0-inch unit in both models. Some options that are limited to the Integra include wireless charging, a head-up display, and a 16-speaker sound system.

The Civic offers plenty of tech goodies such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but is ultimately not as feature-packed or premium as its more upscale cousin. That being said, the Integra isn’t as quiet or as refined as one would expect from a luxury car, so don’t let the perceived refinement of spending more on the Acura influence your purchase decision.

Acura Integra vs. Honda Civic Performance

2023 Honda Civic Engine

At the time of this writing, the Integra is only offered with one engine option, the 200-hp 1.5-liter turbo shared with the Civic Si. There will be a high-performance Type S model that is expected to join the Integra lineup later this year and will share a powertrain with the Civic Type R.

The Civic is offered with four engine options: a 158-hp naturally aspirated four-cylinder, a turbocharged 180-hp four-cylinder, the aforementioned Si unit, and the mighty 315-hp turbo found in the Type R.

Predictably, the Integra will run circles around the lower-trim Civics and get left in the dust by a Type R. The Civic Si and Integra are about as evenly matched as any two cars can be, as they share an engine and several suspension and drivetrain components. It is worth noting that The Si is only offered with a manual transmission, while the Integra is standard with a CVT, with a manual box only offered on the A-Spec models.

Which Is Better: Acura Integra vs. Honda Civic?

Once again, these cars are about as evenly matched as any two vehicles you can buy right now. That being said, we prefer the Civic, as it offers considerably more versatility in its model lineup. You can get a Civic to be an economical grocery getter, a track weapon, or something in between.

The Integra is really only comparable to the Civic Si, and we feel the Si provides better value. The Base Integra is $2,700 more expensive than the Civic Si, so unless you're a fan of the original Integra or really prefer the Acura's slightly more upscale interior, we’d stick to the Honda.

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Sean is an automotive enthusiast with a background in sports journalism. He is a graduate of California Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Science in Business.


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