The Honda Integra is sold in some markets as the Acura Integra. It was a sports car that was manufactured by the Honda Company from Japan from the year 1985 through 2006. It came after the Quint, which was essentially a larger version of the Civic and each of the generations of the Integra were derived from a more contemporary version of the Civic. The Integra was more sports oriented and luxurious than the Quint and was a launch model for the Acura in the year 1986. It was joined by the Legend. Throughout its production life, the Integra was regarded for its performance and handling.
The name Integra was first used by Honda for the VT250F motorcycle that was offered. It is now used to refer to the scooter version of the NC700 motorcycle series.
The Integra was named as one of the top ten best vehicles by Car and Driver several times.
The vehicle was first shown in 1985 in Japan and was only available at Japanese dealerships. A year later it was sold in North America as a part of the Acura lineup. There were both a 3 door and a 5 door hatchback option and a 4 door saloon body available. The hatchback versions were the only ones that were available in the United States.
The most publicized feature of the vehicle was the engine. It had a 1.6 liter DOHC four cylinder engine. This type of engine was not common in an entry level model during this time. In most of the European countries, the 5 door lift back was the only version available. Most of the European Integra’s only offered the 1.5 L carburetor engine.
When compared to the United States version of the Integra, the European version was aimed at a down market and typically lacked much equipment. There were no trim levels available, but did offer painted bumpers, power windows, central locks, and while there were only a few fully equipped Integra’s that were fuel injected, left hand drive, available and were sold to the Netherlands.
Since the Integra was designed to replace the Quint, it is related closely to the Civic. However, the upgrades that were made to the vehicle were minor in comparison. Similar to the Vigor and the Prelude of that time frame, the Integra offered sporty pop up headlamps, and a sleek design. There were more than 228,000 units sold during the 4 year run for the first generation version. Most of these were sold in the United States.
The second generation of the Integra was first introduced in the year 1989. The second generation offered a VTEC engine that was the first that was ever made by Honda. It was installed in the JDM DA series. The engine was a 1.6 L that had a power output of 160 PS.
There were 2 versions of the DOHC models, the RSi and a XSi. The base model of the vehicle was the RSi and there were no options available. The XSi had full options and offered climate control, as well as an option for an anti-lock braking system and a sunroof.
The hatchback was discontinued with this generation and offered the first 4 door sedan variant outside of Japan. The hardtop body style was new to the model and was a reflection of the latest trend in Japan for their entry level sedans. The Integra from Honda was in competition with similar styled sedans such as the Nissan Presea, the Mazda Lantis, the Toyota Corolla series, and the Sprinter Marino from Toyota.