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I sold my A3 to get a 2023 Integra. A-spec, tech. White with red. So far, so good.

My first car was a 1987 red two-door manual Integra. I currently own a 2004 TSX (a GREAT car.)

The interior of this car is fantastic. Incredibly comfortable and relatively quiet. I agree the tires are a bit loud, but they are all season and will be helpful in our occasional North Carolina snow. The fit and finish are superb. The tech integration and the stereo are as good or better than Tesla. I have under 1,000 miles on the odometer. My average, mostly city driving, gets 30mpg. I recently took a 160-mile trip and saw 36. Not bad.

I believe the mix of user experience delivered by technology, practicality, and performance is unmatched in the entry-luxury segment. And if you add in price, it is a home run.

BTW, I got the CVT. I have another car with a manual. This car is for commuting, and it does that job very well. The drone is weird, but it comes with better fuel economy, and there are many settings you can adjust to change the drone. I haven't optimized that yet, but I'm sure it will be great. I drove the six-speed- it is fantastic. Get that if you want more fun but less economy.

When the G1 Integra launched, it was nearly as quick as the Porsche 944, which cost twice as much. Today the base Cayman 60's is in the low 4's, and it still costs twice as much as this car. Things change. This is not a sports car.

So, get the Honda if you think the Integra is a lousy deal compared to the excellent Civic. Or wait for the Type S. Or the Type R. But wow, I have no regrets. I recommend this car for what it is.
 

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The Audi A3 is a terrific driving car. The combination of the 2.0T, the DCT transmission, and Quattro AWD make it incredibly capable and fun. Add in traction control, and the thing turns an ordinary dude (me) into a highly skilled driver. One thing that never got old was taking a specific left turn across a busy intersection on the way to work. From a standstill, floor it, and there is zero wheel spin. It feels like a ride at a theme park. It is also pretty fun in the snow. Just ask my kids!

The car's design, fit, finish, and the interior is first-class and on par with larger, more expensive vehicles.

I love German cars. So why did I sell it? Infotainment and reliability. The infotainment was challenging to operate. I've owned two Audi's, and they both nickel and dimed us.

So what does the Integra do better? Everything works perfectly. The infotainment borrowed from the Honda Civic is leaps and bounds better (even than the other systems on the more expensive Acuras). And I expect to have zero surprise costs.
 

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Welcome to the forum @Gedk and congrats on the new Integra! From a performance standpoint do you notice a big difference between the Integra and your old A3?

Does your TSX have the manual transmission or do you have something else?
 

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Not a big difference. I think the AWD is most noticeable when you punch it. And the transmission sounds more normal than the CVT. I find the Integra to be plenty of fun, offering great handling and ride.

TSX is automatic. No one in my house can drive a stick except me. Even with the manual, that car is amazing and sporty. Zero maintenance issues at 115k.
 

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1,000-mile update.

I love this car!

I saw 39 mpg on a 150-mile trip. The car handles like a champ, and overall performance is good enough. And the integration of the infotainment along with the driving assistance is in some ways better than Tesla.

This car is not a Porsche Cayman competitor. But it is a darn good value that delivers. And while the Acura app on my iPhone rates me two stars for my driving, I give the car five stars!
 
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