The Honda Integra or Acura Integra as known in North America was produced from 1986 to 2005 and manufactured by Honda. It is a sporty-looking car and more luxurious than its predecessor the Honda Quint and is highly known for its great performance and handling. In this article, we are going to talk about the Honda Integra and its features. Let’s read and find out.
Exterior and Interior
The first generation Honda Integra or also known as Honda Quint Integra was introduced in 1985 and produced from 1986 to 1989. It was originally a three-door hatchback and later introduced a five-door and four-door saloon sold in Japan. It has sporty features and more comfortable space.
In 1988, the Honda Integra was given some minor changes such as redesigned front and rear bumper, reshaped indicator lights, restyled interior, and an improved climate control system.
The second generation was produced from 1989 to 1993 with a more distinctive design that includes slim roof pillars and sashless doors for a hardtop look. The Integra was sold under the Acura in North America and offered three trim levels: the base RS, mid-level LS, and sporty GS.
There were no airbags available but motorized passive seat belts were used. From 1986 to 1990 the only clue to any Acura model came at the rear but in 1991, Acura’s “A” logo appeared for the very first time on the front of the hood of every Acura model, as well as between the taillights.
The third generation was unveiled in 1993 and dubbed as “spider eyes” for its unusual four headlight front end design but it became unpopular in Japan so in 1995 they changed it to more practical elongated flat headlights and revised front bumper.
In the same year, Honda introduced the Integra Type R to the Japanese market. Because of the extensive changes and to reduce the weight, several features were removed such as the radio, A/C, rear wiper, center console, clock, cruise control, and all sound dampening was taken out. And thus, the JDM version became lighter than the SiR Integra.
The fourth-generation and last generation of Honda Integra were released in April 2001 and were known as Acura RSX in the United States and Canada. The Integra has 2 models in Japan: Type S and Type R, whereas, in Australia, it has four models: Integra, Luxury, Type R, and Type S.
The Type S features a sporty and stylish design that is fun to drive and has 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels. The Type R features include remote control, rear window wiper, folding mirrors, high-intensity discharge (HID) projector headlights, 17-inch 5 double-spoke wheels on Bridgestone Potenza tires, Recaro seats/matching interior, leather-wrapped MOMO steering wheel, and front strut bar. Also, it includes a high and trunk lip spoiler.
Engine and Fuel Consumption
The first generation five-door hatchback USA version was equipped with a 1.6L DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine with 113 hp @ 6250 rpm, 99 lbs-ft @ 5500 rpm. For European versions, only the 1.5L 85 PS (63 kW; 84 hp) 4 Weber carburetor engine was available. In Japan, the 1.5L EW5 engine was used in VX and RX-trimmed four-door/DA2 while all other models offered the DOHC ZC engine, with a carburetor on GS, ZS, and LS trim packages, and PGM-FI on the top-level GSi three- and five-door, and the RSi three-door trim package.
The second-generation Honda Integra was one of the first to use the VTEC engines that were manufactured by Honda and it was fitted in a JDM Integra DA series. In 1991, a 1.8L version of the four-door hardtop was made available in Japan. Called the ESi, it offered 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 6,300 rpm and was fitted with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The third generation was fitted with a 1.8 L DOHC VTEC B18C (DB8, DC2) with a power of 178 PS (131 kW; 176 hp). The Type R was equipped with 197 hp (147 kW) for JDM, 195 hp (145 kW) USDM, 187 hp (139 kW) UKDM with a 5-speed manual transmission. The fourth generation adopted the MacPherson struts in the front and trailing arm type suspension in the rear as well as the new K-series engine. The Type S was equipped with a 2.0L inline-4 K20A3 generating power of 160 hp (120 kW) and compatible with either a 5-speed automatic or manual transmission. In the United States, the RSX and RSX Type-S models were available. The RSX used a 2.0L inline-4 K20A3 engine while The RSX Type-S equipped with 2.0L inline-4 K20A2 200 hp (149 kW) and 2.0L inline-4 K20Z1 210 hp (157 kW).
The Honda Integra is one of the most reliable, well-built, and high-performance cars in the market. No one can argue that it is indeed one of the best front-wheel cars of all. Though it is classified as old, it remains one of the best when it comes to fuel efficiency, speed, performance, and reliability. It also offers comfortability and has a fair amount of room to move stuff. If you really like it, get it! You can find a good example of a Honda Integra on the BE FORWARD site.
Written by: WTN Esther Abranilla