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I picked my Integra up last Wednesday and have put 300 miles on it so far, I haven't seen a lot of CVT reviews so I figured I would write a quick one. I ordered the liquid carbon with the red interior and the tech package. As far as accessories, I did the all weather floor mats, trunk tray and seat back protectors - all seem well worth it. I also was able to get the car in right away to get it tinted at a local shop and ended up doing 20% ceramics all the way around, the night pictures are pre-tint tho.

So far driving it has been an absolute blast, I was worried originally about choosing the CVT, but I will be daily driving it into the city and my wife needs to be able to drive it as well so the 6 speed was off the table for me, if you ordered the CVT, don't worry, you'll like it more than you expect if you are like me -- I did test drive the 6-speed and it felt just like my old 08 Civic Si's gear box, congrats to anyone who was able to go with the 6-speed, its a great choice.

That being said, if you are daily driving this in stop and go, don't give it a second thought -- I don't mind the CVT nearly as much as I feared, I actually like a lot about it. There is more than adequate passing power in traffic and on the highway. Once you get it to about 4k RPM the car really lights up and can be almost as engaging of a drive. I believe v-tech kicks at 5k and it can definitely still put a smile on your face, the car is best and delivers more than enough power between 3k to redline (I know what the stats say with torque curves, etc. in terms of how it feels, the car lives up to the heritage and wanted to be revved high). It is super smooth as well and the mpg I have been getting has been above what's rated (around 34-36 in mixed driving).

This car equipped with the CVT will not be winning any drag races though, don't try to kid yourself into thinking you're going to be beating anyone stock at a red light in this car. Hitting the gas from around 20mph+ the car is very engaging and fun, the car produces enough torque to push you into your seat and put a grin on your face - but from a total stop it takes high 7 seconds to hit 60 with the first 15-20mph leaving a bit to be desired.

This car is not for drag racing though, stock it never has been and never will be. Same with its SI counterparts. Even in the 6 speed off the line is still 7+ seconds (albeit faster than the CVT). The power is very accessible once moving and I have found the transmission to be way more responsive than I expected it to be with throttle inputs. The synthetic gears don't really show up until around 60 mph when flooring it and are less present than I expected they would be (regardless if the transmission is in drive or sport), the only way to really have the car feel like its shifting regularly is to use the paddle shifters.

The paddle shifters on that note are surprisingly fun. I have had other automatics with paddles and never had much interest in them, but in this car they're fun to play with because the transmission is actually incredibly responsive, not quite a DCT but definitely faster than any other automatic I have driven. They're great for holding rpm when racing through the corners or when you want to set yourself up for some quick overtaking on the highway.

The car is also QUIET when driving it like a normal person. I was actually shocked with how quiet the cabin is. The only noise that really comes through is from the tires on less than ideal road surfaces (namely cement). My other car is a $60K+ Volvo and the Integra has it beat for the cabin volume. The ride is smoother than expected as well. Not floaty, but definitely a lot more livable than something like a WRX or GTI.

I can't really tell that big of a difference between the different suspension settings when going straight down the road like some have claimed in reviews, but in sport you definitely get less body roll in the corners than in normal mode. The cars suspension is sporty but comfortable. You won't be displeased with how the car handles or rides. There is no setting to get it to ride like a WRX and I think that's actually a selling point.

The steering is one of my favorite parts about this car. I have my individual mode set to "sport" and I would suggest leaving it there. The car has go-kart like steering. Point and shoot. Sport gives it a nice heaviness that isn't fatiguing but feels like the car is an extension of your inputs.

The tech in the car is great, the non tech a-spec wasn't on my list due to it lacking some of the niceties I have come to enjoy in my cars. I LOVE the sound system. I always order the upgraded sound in my cars. I have had Bose, Harman Kardon, Infinity, Alpine and Sony branded systems and this one blows them all out of the water. If it's in budget, I would order the tech just for the sound system alone. The HUD is awesome, super bright and clear, shows ur car play nav info as well as lane departure and adaptive cruise information. The 9in touch screen is more than enough screen and the wireless car play has worked flawlessly so far. Seats are very adjustable and comfortable and the interior quality is definitely above what you get in the civic. One thing to note though, you can choose any interior ambient color you'd like as long as it is white...seems like a weird omission to me when its a feature marketed as a tech only feature, but still looks nice and matches the rest of the switch gear in the car.

I do wish the car had a few other things as well, especially the ones I find to be weird omissions though. Why does this car not have a home link garage door opener in the mirror when the civic sport touring does? Chip shortage? The lack of factory navigation (while I wont miss it) does seem very weird as well (civic sport touring has nav included). I think power folding and dimming side mirrors in this class should have been included, also ventilated seats would have been a nice touch. I think its also weird that they gatekeep the 9in touch screen in the tech package when it can be had in the Civic SI. I think SH-AWD would have been awesome as an option for the Integra, but I get it with it sharing the civic platform and having fuel economy advantage over the competitors, also for a car that weighs in at only 3k lbs, I think winter tires would probably outperform AWD w/ all seasons either way. Some have griped about the lack of a pano roof, but that one doesn't bother me at all.

All in all, very happy with my purchase and so far have loved driving the new Integra-...almost just as much as my 6 speed 2008 Civic SI...almost.
 

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I picked my Integra up last Wednesday and have put 300 miles on it so far, I haven't seen a lot of CVT reviews so I figured I would write a quick one. I ordered the liquid carbon with the red interior and the tech package. As far as accessories, I did the all weather floor mats, trunk tray and seat back protectors - all seem well worth it. I also was able to get the car in right away to get it tinted at a local shop and ended up doing 20% ceramics all the way around, the night pictures are pre-tint tho.

So far driving it has been an absolute blast, I was worried originally about choosing the CVT, but I will be daily driving it into the city and my wife needs to be able to drive it as well so the 6 speed was off the table for me, if you ordered the CVT, don't worry, you'll like it more than you expect if you are like me -- I did test drive the 6-speed and it felt just like my old 08 Civic Si's gear box, congrats to anyone who was able to go with the 6-speed, its a great choice.

That being said, if you are daily driving this in stop and go, don't give it a second thought -- I don't mind the CVT nearly as much as I feared, I actually like a lot about it. There is more than adequate passing power in traffic and on the highway. Once you get it to about 4k RPM the car really lights up and can be almost as engaging of a drive. I believe v-tech kicks at 5k and it can definitely still put a smile on your face, the car is best and delivers more than enough power between 3k to redline (I know what the stats say with torque curves, etc. in terms of how it feels, the car lives up to the heritage and wanted to be revved high). It is super smooth as well and the mpg I have been getting has been above what's rated (around 34-36 in mixed driving).

This car equipped with the CVT will not be winning any drag races though, don't try to kid yourself into thinking you're going to be beating anyone stock at a red light in this car. Hitting the gas from around 20mph+ the car is very engaging and fun, the car produces enough torque to push you into your seat and put a grin on your face - but from a total stop it takes high 7 seconds to hit 60 with the first 15-20mph leaving a bit to be desired.

This car is not for drag racing though, stock it never has been and never will be. Same with its SI counterparts. Even in the 6 speed off the line is still 7+ seconds (albeit faster than the CVT). The power is very accessible once moving and I have found the transmission to be way more responsive than I expected it to be with throttle inputs. The synthetic gears don't really show up until around 60 mph when flooring it and are less present than I expected they would be (regardless if the transmission is in drive or sport), the only way to really have the car feel like its shifting regularly is to use the paddle shifters.

The paddle shifters on that note are surprisingly fun. I have had other automatics with paddles and never had much interest in them, but in this car they're fun to play with because the transmission is actually incredibly responsive, not quite a DCT but definitely faster than any other automatic I have driven. They're great for holding rpm when racing through the corners or when you want to set yourself up for some quick overtaking on the highway.

The car is also QUIET when driving it like a normal person. I was actually shocked with how quiet the cabin is. The only noise that really comes through is from the tires on less than ideal road surfaces (namely cement). My other car is a $60K+ Volvo and the Integra has it beat for the cabin volume. The ride is smoother than expected as well. Not floaty, but definitely a lot more livable than something like a WRX or GTI.

I can't really tell that big of a difference between the different suspension settings when going straight down the road like some have claimed in reviews, but in sport you definitely get less body roll in the corners than in normal mode. The cars suspension is sporty but comfortable. You won't be displeased with how the car handles or rides. There is no setting to get it to ride like a WRX and I think that's actually a selling point.

The steering is one of my favorite parts about this car. I have my individual mode set to "sport" and I would suggest leaving it there. The car has go-kart like steering. Point and shoot. Sport gives it a nice heaviness that isn't fatiguing but feels like the car is an extension of your inputs.

The tech in the car is great, the non tech a-spec wasn't on my list due to it lacking some of the niceties I have come to enjoy in my cars. I LOVE the sound system. I always order the upgraded sound in my cars. I have had Bose, Harman Kardon, Infinity, Alpine and Sony branded systems and this one blows them all out of the water. If it's in budget, I would order the tech just for the sound system alone. The HUD is awesome, super bright and clear, shows ur car play nav info as well as lane departure and adaptive cruise information. The 9in touch screen is more than enough screen and the wireless car play has worked flawlessly so far. Seats are very adjustable and comfortable and the interior quality is definitely above what you get in the civic. One thing to note though, you can choose any interior ambient color you'd like as long as it is white...seems like a weird omission to me when its a feature marketed as a tech only feature, but still looks nice and matches the rest of the switch gear in the car.

I do wish the car had a few other things as well, especially the ones I find to be weird omissions though. Why does this car not have a home link garage door opener in the mirror when the civic sport touring does? Chip shortage? The lack of factory navigation (while I wont miss it) does seem very weird as well (civic sport touring has nav included). I think power folding and dimming side mirrors in this class should have been included, also ventilated seats would have been a nice touch. I think its also weird that they gatekeep the 9in touch screen in the tech package when it can be had in the Civic SI. I think SH-AWD would have been awesome as an option for the Integra, but I get it with it sharing the civic platform and having fuel economy advantage over the competitors, also for a car that weighs in at only 3k lbs, I think winter tires would probably outperform AWD w/ all seasons either way. Some have griped about the lack of a pano roof, but that one doesn't bother me at all.

All in all, very happy with my purchase and so far have loved driving the new Integra-...almost just as much as my 6 speed 2008 Civic SI...almost.
Congratulations on your new Integra @fancycivic and welcome to the forum! Do you use the paddles a lot or do you usually keep it in automatic? I'm surprised it doesn't come with homelink for the garage but I'm not surprised about the nav. With how much people use android auto and carplay how many people actually use the onboard GPS these days.
 

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Thanks for the review and congrats on the purchase. LCM is a very nice looking color.

I'm with you on the lack of HomeLink in what is otherwise a pretty tech-heavy, optioned out car. I can only think it must have been a chip-shortage based decision.
 

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Funny thing is it does have the GPS hardware in it. Verified the diagnostic screen on the head unit. So they just didn't install the software....
That’s surprising, but not really. Guess they decided to hold back navigation from the entry level (Integra) and make it a feature of the other models.
 

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That’s surprising, but not really. Guess they decided to hold back navigation from the entry level (Integra) and make it a feature of the other models.
I actually wonder if Acura determined that the target demographic for the Integra wouldn’t use the nav? I have a 2020 RDX and have only used the nav once or twice. I pretty much exclusively use CarPlay. Having wireless CarPlay makes it even less of a thought for me as well. Acura has to be saving money here somehow. Maybe by not having to pay the licensing costs for the maps that are ultimately sourced from a third party?
 

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I actually wonder if Acura determined that the target demographic for the Integra wouldn’t use the nav? I have a 2020 RDX and have only used the nav once or twice. I pretty much exclusively use CarPlay. Having wireless CarPlay makes it even less of a thought for me as well. Acura has to be saving money here somehow. Maybe by not having to pay the licensing costs for the maps that are ultimately sourced from a third party?
Yeah they’d have to pay to license maps. you might be right then. Why bother paying for maps if most customers dont use them. Just more profit in the tech package.
 

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Yeah they’d have to pay to license maps. you might be right then. Why bother paying for maps if most customers dont use them. Just more profit in the tech package.
OR it’s a cost not passed on to us. I don’t think there is really much profit margin for the manufacturer. They make money by selling more units. Swap out the nav for something else that adds value to the buyer since the buyer is more likely to use their phone anyways and everybody wins. I totally understand this move.
 

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Congratulations on your new Integra @fancycivic and welcome to the forum! Do you use the paddles a lot or do you usually keep it in automatic? I'm surprised it doesn't come with homelink for the garage but I'm not surprised about the nav. With how much people use android auto and carplay how many people actually use the onboard GPS these days.
Usually keep them in automatic - I use them on the highway tho when overtaking and on back roads to have some fun tho!
 

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I picked my Integra up last Wednesday and have put 300 miles on it so far, I haven't seen a lot of CVT reviews so I figured I would write a quick one. I ordered the liquid carbon with the red interior and the tech package. As far as accessories, I did the all weather floor mats, trunk tray and seat back protectors - all seem well worth it. I also was able to get the car in right away to get it tinted at a local shop and ended up doing 20% ceramics all the way around, the night pictures are pre-tint tho.

So far driving it has been an absolute blast, I was worried originally about choosing the CVT, but I will be daily driving it into the city and my wife needs to be able to drive it as well so the 6 speed was off the table for me, if you ordered the CVT, don't worry, you'll like it more than you expect if you are like me -- I did test drive the 6-speed and it felt just like my old 08 Civic Si's gear box, congrats to anyone who was able to go with the 6-speed, its a great choice.

That being said, if you are daily driving this in stop and go, don't give it a second thought -- I don't mind the CVT nearly as much as I feared, I actually like a lot about it. There is more than adequate passing power in traffic and on the highway. Once you get it to about 4k RPM the car really lights up and can be almost as engaging of a drive. I believe v-tech kicks at 5k and it can definitely still put a smile on your face, the car is best and delivers more than enough power between 3k to redline (I know what the stats say with torque curves, etc. in terms of how it feels, the car lives up to the heritage and wanted to be revved high). It is super smooth as well and the mpg I have been getting has been above what's rated (around 34-36 in mixed driving).

This car equipped with the CVT will not be winning any drag races though, don't try to kid yourself into thinking you're going to be beating anyone stock at a red light in this car. Hitting the gas from around 20mph+ the car is very engaging and fun, the car produces enough torque to push you into your seat and put a grin on your face - but from a total stop it takes high 7 seconds to hit 60 with the first 15-20mph leaving a bit to be desired.

This car is not for drag racing though, stock it never has been and never will be. Same with its SI counterparts. Even in the 6 speed off the line is still 7+ seconds (albeit faster than the CVT). The power is very accessible once moving and I have found the transmission to be way more responsive than I expected it to be with throttle inputs. The synthetic gears don't really show up until around 60 mph when flooring it and are less present than I expected they would be (regardless if the transmission is in drive or sport), the only way to really have the car feel like its shifting regularly is to use the paddle shifters.

The paddle shifters on that note are surprisingly fun. I have had other automatics with paddles and never had much interest in them, but in this car they're fun to play with because the transmission is actually incredibly responsive, not quite a DCT but definitely faster than any other automatic I have driven. They're great for holding rpm when racing through the corners or when you want to set yourself up for some quick overtaking on the highway.

The car is also QUIET when driving it like a normal person. I was actually shocked with how quiet the cabin is. The only noise that really comes through is from the tires on less than ideal road surfaces (namely cement). My other car is a $60K+ Volvo and the Integra has it beat for the cabin volume. The ride is smoother than expected as well. Not floaty, but definitely a lot more livable than something like a WRX or GTI.

I can't really tell that big of a difference between the different suspension settings when going straight down the road like some have claimed in reviews, but in sport you definitely get less body roll in the corners than in normal mode. The cars suspension is sporty but comfortable. You won't be displeased with how the car handles or rides. There is no setting to get it to ride like a WRX and I think that's actually a selling point.

The steering is one of my favorite parts about this car. I have my individual mode set to "sport" and I would suggest leaving it there. The car has go-kart like steering. Point and shoot. Sport gives it a nice heaviness that isn't fatiguing but feels like the car is an extension of your inputs.

The tech in the car is great, the non tech a-spec wasn't on my list due to it lacking some of the niceties I have come to enjoy in my cars. I LOVE the sound system. I always order the upgraded sound in my cars. I have had Bose, Harman Kardon, Infinity, Alpine and Sony branded systems and this one blows them all out of the water. If it's in budget, I would order the tech just for the sound system alone. The HUD is awesome, super bright and clear, shows ur car play nav info as well as lane departure and adaptive cruise information. The 9in touch screen is more than enough screen and the wireless car play has worked flawlessly so far. Seats are very adjustable and comfortable and the interior quality is definitely above what you get in the civic. One thing to note though, you can choose any interior ambient color you'd like as long as it is white...seems like a weird omission to me when its a feature marketed as a tech only feature, but still looks nice and matches the rest of the switch gear in the car.

I do wish the car had a few other things as well, especially the ones I find to be weird omissions though. Why does this car not have a home link garage door opener in the mirror when the civic sport touring does? Chip shortage? The lack of factory navigation (while I wont miss it) does seem very weird as well (civic sport touring has nav included). I think power folding and dimming side mirrors in this class should have been included, also ventilated seats would have been a nice touch. I think its also weird that they gatekeep the 9in touch screen in the tech package when it can be had in the Civic SI. I think SH-AWD would have been awesome as an option for the Integra, but I get it with it sharing the civic platform and having fuel economy advantage over the competitors, also for a car that weighs in at only 3k lbs, I think winter tires would probably outperform AWD w/ all seasons either way. Some have griped about the lack of a pano roof, but that one doesn't bother me at all.

All in all, very happy with my purchase and so far have loved driving the new Integra-...almost just as much as my 6 speed 2008 Civic SI...almost.
Thanks for the detailed CVT review. I'm enjoying reading all the threads. I woulda loved to get the 6M but my daily commute is too terrible and would take away the fun, barely making to 3rd gear if lucky, before back to first. My deciding factor on this car was definitely the 16 speaker ELS 3D. I heard it in the RDX and I don't think anything else woulda done for me, but wasn't really sure I wanted something that big... was about to make the move, and then started seeing the Integra blast on the website and car is $10K+ cheaper pluls a smaller compartments with the same amount of speakers is gonna be incredible!!!! No Nav is no biggie to me with carplay apps. I do wish it had ventilated sears but oh well. If I had kids in the back, no vents would have been a dealbreaker, but I don't. I'm super exited. Silver/Black incoming this week!
 
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