Three trims will be offered: Base, A-Spec, and A-Spec Tech.
The first two versions will feature the CVT.
Only the A-Spec Tech will offer the manual transmission as an option.
Look, actual fans of the original Acura Integra, the RSX, and Honda fanboys and “fangals” won’t be happy about this but it matters not. If this is true, if a continuously variable transmission will be offered as standard with the 2023 Acura Integra, there can be only one reason and it is cost.
Matching a 10-speed automatic, found in the TLX, to the turbocharged 1.5-litre 4-cylinder would involve some cost-intensive changes to the powertrain. We want to assume that Honda did the math and figured that fitting a 10A to the 1.5T would not significantly increase sales therefore not worth the investment. Likewise, many if not most buyers will be unaware of the Integra‘s legacy and be satisfied with the CVT’s efficiency.
As well, Acura announced at the car’s reveal that it will be priced “around $30,000” in the US. This price point should help the car move off lots. The presence of a 10A would probably have increased that amount. Assuming that the base Integra will be priced at $30k, the A-Spec should go for about $32,000 while the A-Spec Tech may fetch closer to $35,000 in our opinion. As Carscoops notes, these amounts are on par with the more powerful Volkswagen GTI, and greater than the Hyundai Elantra N, and the all-new Subaru WRX.