The front-drive Integra sedan, whose design dates to the 1994 model year, returns unchanged for its final season in this form. Acura introduced a new Integra at the Detroit auto show in January, and expectations are that the 2002 model will come only as a coupe. Like the current model, the new Integra will be based on the new design for the Honda Civic. Acura is the luxury brand of Honda.
In addition to the compact-size sedan, Integra comes as a sporty hatchback coupe that is profiled in the sports car section.
The Integra sedan rides a 103-inch wheelbase and is 178 inches long a few inches longer than the Honda Civic or Ford Focus sedans.
A standard power glass moonroof opens above the roof so it doesnt reduce interior headroom. Acura says the integrated bumpers can sustain a 5-mph crash without damage.
A full complement of comfort and convenience features are standard on all models, including air conditioning, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and power locks and windows.
Leather upholstery is standard on the GS and GS-R models, and all Integra sedans have a one-piece rear seatback that folds for additional cargo space.
Under the Hood
Two 1.8-liter four-cylinder engines are available in the Integra sedan. LS and GS models use a 140-horsepower version that teams with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The GS-R has a 170-hp engine with variable-valve technology and comes only with a five-speed manual.
Acura may be a luxury brand, but the Integra is more of a sporty compact than a luxury sedan, providing athletic handling and a firm ride. Both four-cylinder engines rev like crazy but dont produce much power at low speeds. If you prefer an automatic transmission, be prepared for a lot of foot-to-the-floor driving to keep up with brisk-moving traffic.