It puts the Integra in striking distance of VW's GTI.
Specs aside, we haven't had hard numbers for the new Acura Integra until now. Acura just released the new model's pricing sheet, and things are looking very affordable. The newest iteration of the brand's iconic Integra name will start at $30,800 MSRP. That is, supposing dealers can avoid gouging people on the highly-anticipated Honda Civic Si twin.
If you want a stick instead of Acura's continuously variable automatic, you'll need to put up a bit more cash. The A-Spec Integra is the top-tier model and can be had with the Si's incredible gearbox for $35,800. Of course, that puts the enthusiast-oriented A-Spec pretty damn close to a lightly optioned Volkswagen GTI.
For now, let's start at the bottom. The cheapest way into the Integra comes with the Si's 200-hp 1.5-liter VTEC engine paired with an automatic transmission. That'll ride on standard 17-inch wheels with a power moonroof, which is included on all models. There's also an available 9-inch infotainment unit with wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay paired with a standard 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster. However, there's a huge downside to the entry-level trim. The stick isn't available- a huge mistake on Acura's part if you ask us. Over 70% of reservations are for the manual, and that number would surely climb if it was available lower down in the pricing bracket.
Moving up the range, the sportier A-Spec with Acura's adaptive dampers starts at $32,800, once again paired with a CVT. Those shocks also come with Sport, Comfort, and Normal drive modes. In short, if you're an enthusiast the A-Spec is the way to go.
Confusingly named, the top-spec trim is the A-Spec with Technology Package, which can be had with either the CVT or the stick. That comes with the optional nine-inch screen and wireless connectivity, in addition to a 16-speaker ELS sound system. The A-Spec with Technology Package is $35,800 regardless of transmission, so at least there are no more additional upcharges for the stick.
It's pretty clear to us that the Integra is aimed squarely at the Volkswagen GTI, with Honda undercutting the model via the Civic Si. While a VW GTI might start cheaper at $30,875, the Acura will come packing more features. It's a classic tactic used by OEMs like Acura and Honda- offer more features in fewer trim levels for similar money in the hopes of pulling customers away from the competition.