The 2023 Acura Integra launched recently might have disappointed the Integra fans getting the same engine as the Civic Si and a standard CVT. The least expected combo on a car with an Integra nameplate. There is an optional six-speed manual on Integra. But the Civic Si gets it as standard, talk about rubbing salt on a wound. On that note, we decided to compare both the cars to find out if the new Integra with a cool $3,000 premium over the 2022 Civic Si is worth the extra dough?

The 2022 Honda Civic Si after skipping the 2021 model year comes as a completely redesigned model. It comes with a beautiful cabin design and exterior looks. Both of which comes from the new Civic which received a lot of award for its design this year. The Civic Si comes with a turbocharged engine and a six-speed manual as standard. So it for sure targets the performance-focused audience. But recently revealed 2023 Acura Integra which also shares the same engine and offers a more premium cabin has spiced up the battle between the plebian Civic Si and the patrician Integra. So let’s compare and find out which one is a better bet.

Model Specifications

2022 Honda Civic Si

2023 Acura Integra

Release Date

Released

Released

Price Range

$27,300-$27,500

$30,000 onwards

Engine

1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4

1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4

Power and Torque Output

200 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque

200 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque

Exterior Color Options

Orange Pearl, Blue Metallic, Black Pearl, White Pearl, Rallye Red, Gray Pearl

Majestic Black Pearl, Liquid Carbon Metallic, Apex Blue Pearl, Platinum White Pearl

Interior Color Options

Black and Red

Ebony, Red, Orchid

Transmission

6-speed manual

CVT, 6-speed manual

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

Trims

Civic Si

Base, A-Spec, A-Spec with Technology

Changes

Redesigned for 2022

All-new model

Engine and Performance:

The 2022 Honda Civic Si sedan is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that produces 200 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission that comes standard with a limited-slip differential. The manual gearbox has short throws and comes with rev-matching. That said, the Civic Si sends all its power to the front wheel. The Civic Si has a claimed 0-60 MPH time of under seven seconds which is slow for what it is marketed as. 

Moving on to the 2023 Acura Integra here also the fans were disappointed as it gets the same engine as the Civic Si above but comes with a CVT gearbox as standard. The power and torque figures are similar to the Civic Si but performance figures aren’t out yet. But with a CVT the 0-60 MPH time is bound to be over 7 seconds. That said, the Integra does offer a six-speed manual the same which is standard on the Civic Si. But on the Integra, it can be had as an option on the top-of-the-line trim.


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Interior:

The interior of the 2022 Honda Civic Si upfront is very similar to the new Civic’s interior but to make it stand apart as a sporty alternative to its plebian sibling you get sporty seats finished in black and red. There is red contrast stitching done on the doors, steering wheel, and seats to give the cabin a more sporty look. Standard features here include automatic climate control, 60/40-split folding rear seats, 9-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bose premium sound system, etc. As for the cargo space, the 2022 Civic Si’s trunk offers 14.4 cubic feet.

Moving to the interior of the 2023 Acura Integra the first thing you notice here is the striking resemblance to the new Civic’s interior. That said, Acura has done its bit to make it stand apart and also offers more interior color choices. Key features offered in the new Integra include a 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster, 7- or 9-inch touchscreen, 16-speaker ELS STUDIO 3D premium audio system, heated front seats, power-adjustable driver’s seats, etc.

Pricing and Verdict:

The 2022 Honda Civic Si starts at $27,300 and the new Integra starts at $30,000. Now in terms of engine and the performance on offer, there is or will be hardly any difference between the two models. So if you are only here for that simply save your money and pick the Civic Si. But if that’s not the case then there is no harm in spending some extra to get the Integra which is more feature-rich in all other aspects compared to the Civic Si. 


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