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2024 Integra Type S

Starting from CAD $58,328

The Integra Type S is one of the most exciting vehicles introduced this year, delivering on all the hype around it. It truly stands out as one of the most enjoyable and engaging cars in today’s market, thanks to the exceptional manual transmission, direct and responsive steering, and the adaptive damper system that adjusts the suspension to either be comfortable or firm depending on the mode that you are in.

Not only does the Integra Type S exceed expectations in performance, but it also looks good while doing it. Thanks to the big fenders, red brake calipers, and aggressive styling, it turns heads whether cruising through the city or on the highway. During our time with the Integra Type S, fellow car enthusiasts even rolled down their windows and expressed their admiration.

A truly enjoyable car goes beyond just straight-line speed, and this JDM hot-hatch, with big fenders and aggressive styling, exemplifies that philosophy. Under the hood of the Integra Type S lies a 2L turbocharged inline-4 with VTEC, making 320 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. While 320 horsepower may not seem like much to some, it proves more than enough for this front-wheel-drive (FWD) hot hatch. Because it’s an FWD, the Integra Type S has a hard time putting down all of its 320 horsepower during launches as it struggles to gain traction. However, after you get past the launch in the first gear, it feels really quick in the second gear. In our tests, we clocked a time of 5.6 seconds when launching from a standstill to 100km/h on a chilly day, with performance tires that had difficulty gaining traction. However, other outlets have reported even faster times, consistently in the low 5-second range. While these numbers don’t make the Integra Type S the quickest in comparison to some rivals, it’s quick enough to make driving on twisty roads a lot of fun.

The 6-speed manual transmission in the Integra Type S is exceptional—probably the best way to put it. It adds an extra layer of fun to driving the Integra. The short-throw manual gearbox creates a strong connection to the road and outshines what some German competitors offer. What’s more, you get rev-match control, making you feel like a pro driver. It takes care of most of the downshifting work by matching the revs for you, letting you concentrate on tackling the corners with precision. For more experienced drivers, you have the option to turn it off, but leaving it on not only makes things easier but also gives you that extra boost in feeling like a skilled driver. But it doesn’t end there; the Integra Type S excels in another crucial area—handling. With its direct steering feedback and lightweight build, throwing it around corners is fun. The combination of these features, along with the 320 horsepower, makes it quick enough for most drivers who truly want to have fun driving on twisty roads.

Drivers also have access to four drive modes, also called dynamic modes by Acura, and they truly make a night-and-day difference in the Integra Type S. This is an area where many Japanese brands struggled in the past, with drive modes often feeling similar, and Sport mode merely holding higher revs. However, the Integra Type S offers a noticeable distinction between comfort and sport modes. When switching between modes, the Integra fine-tunes the steering, throttle response, and adaptive damper system. This allows drivers to opt for a comfortable ride or a more sporty one, giving the Integra a more performance-oriented feel. In Sport+ mode, the active exhaust sounds impressive, producing satisfying pops and bangs during downshifts or when letting the revs come down.

Straight from the factory, the Integra is equipped with Michelin Pilot 4S tires. While they contribute to a less comfortable ride and more road noise, they significantly amp up the fun factor with their high-performance nature. Strong braking performance is something each performance vehicle needs and the Integra doesn’t disappoint. The front Brembo 4-piston aluminum calipers painted in red not only add a stylish touch but also enhance the overall performance by delivering good braking power and helping to minimize disc warping during heavy braking.

The interior of the Integra Type S resembles that of what you find in the Civic. It’s essentially the same thing with minor tweaks to give the Integra a more luxurious feel. In the Civic, you’ll notice a honeycomb mesh pattern across the dashboard, which is absent in the Integra. Additionally, there’s also some extra red leather padding on the passenger’s side, extending from the dashboard to the center console. Finally, the Integra gives you the option of two different interior colour schemes not found in the Civic or Civic SI. Aside from these minor differences, the Integra’s interior is essentially a replication. There isn’t anything wrong with the Civic’s interior, it’s impressive and punches above its weight. However, since the Integra comes with a higher price tag, Acura could have done more to make it stand out.

Inside the cabin, there is a good amount of room for adults in both the front and back row. However, because the cup holders are part of the rear seats, the back can only fit two passengers, making this a 4 passenger vehicle. The seats not only look great with the red leatherette and black ultrasuede combo but are also quite comfortable. Plus, the driver’s seat offers 12-way power adjustability, making it easy to find the perfect seating position.

The Integra Type S does struggle with road noise, especially at higher speeds. This is not only because of the engine noise coming from the turbocharged inline-4 but is also influenced by the performance tires it comes equipped with. The Integra Type S could have benefited from more sound deadening, as it would make for a quieter ride.

The Integra Type S impresses in the tech department, making daily life more convenient. The infotainment system is powered by a 9-inch touchscreen placed high on the dashboard. It’s responsive and equipped with physical buttons, and is copied over from its Honda Civic counterpart. The system supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and if you prefer a wire-free cabin, wireless charging is also available for a full wire-free experience. Additionally, the Integra Type S comes with a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster that you can customize, along with a heads-up display that conveniently puts your speed right in your line of sight so that you can keep your eyes on the road.

A good audio system in the Integra Type S might seem unnecessary because, let’s face it, the pops and bangs in Sport+ mode are the real music for any car enthusiast. However, just in case you want to enjoy your music, the Integra does come with Acura’s ELS Studio 3D premium audio system. This system is fantastic and we’ve got nothing but good things to say about it.

When it comes to storage space, Acura has done an excellent job making the Integra Type S practical for daily use. The trunk offers a generous 688L of cargo space, making it one of the most spacious in its segment and highlighting the practicality of the hatchback body style. Benefiting from its borrowed interior design from the Civic, the Integra Type S inherits a practical layout with abundant storage for smaller items.

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