Tag Archive | Acura Integra

HIT! Acura Integra 5-Door

Did I mention last week that Honda also produced a 5-door version of the Integra?  No, well here’s one…

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Sadly, not only is the Integra nameplate gone, replaced by a meaningless and stupid combination of letters and hyphens, the compact Acura hatchback is no more as well.  On that positive note, have a great week, Hatchtopians!

HIT! Acura Integra 3-Door

The concept of a luxury compact car was a foreign one on these shores.  The first generation Acura Integra helped introduce the idea to the United States in 1986.  Based on the Civic, but offering more power and equipment, the Integra anchored the lower end of the Acura line, but was priced close to Accord territory.  Despite this, they sold pretty well, and being a Honda, if the sheetmetal hasn’t rusted way entirely, the chances are pretty good that the car is still serving daily driver duty.  Like this one…

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It’s the first week in July – stay cool Hatchtopians.

1987 Acura Integra

Okay, I’ll admit it – that last Hawking a Hatch post was pretty much a turkey.  A bit late for Thanksgiving too.  This one is a little better.  Remember the checklist I had for cool cars back in high school?  You know, pop-up headlights, hatchback, etc.?  Well, this car met the criteria, and in fact was the very car I was shopping for on the day I ended up with the Geo Prizm.

The first generation Acura Integra was a ground-breaking vehicle.  Imported from Japan by Honda, it was a part of Honda’s new luxury line, and probably the first true luxury compact.  Available in two trim lines – either well equipped, or very well equipped, early Integras were powered by a fuel injected, dual overhead cam 1.6 liter four pushing 113 horses to the front wheels.  Handling was widely regarded as very good for a front-drive vehicle and the ’87 model made Car and Driver’s 10 Best list for the first of six Integra appearances.

Crisp lines in the days before the amorphous blob became popular.

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