Did you consider any other vehicles before deciding to go with the new Integra? I know some people are even considering Mazda since they are a somewhat update automaker these days, or at least a tad higher than Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, etc.
Yea. Pretty much the hatchback segment in this class (minus whatever German/American/Korean offering)
The main three I was looking at:
Toyota Corolla HB, Mazda 3 HB, Civic HB.
Corolla and Mazda3 HB reasons for me:
Reliable, good mpg, has 6 speed manual options (must have for me)
Smaller hatchback (idk if my large enduro bike will fit back there w/ front wheel off). <- This is the main reason for me, along with some other cons I can state, but hatchback volume is the priority.
I dont know what Nissan is offering these days, nor do I care since it seems like all their cars have been a bit bland lately (also I'm not a Nissan guy. lol)
And for Subaru, as a current owner myself, I'm pretty much over the flat engine layout.. PITA to work on, gets worse mpg vs the inline engine competition (granted its awd. but still), and I havent been liking the new body styling lately.
So it just boiled down to the Civic HB and now this new Integra since theres photo proof of a 29" mountain bike fitting in the back.
I still prefer the styling of the new Civic HB over this new Integra, but its so difficult to find a white 6 speed sport touring model right now. And if I do, theres still a mark up on them..
With this new Integra, not only does it have similar HB space I need, but it also has the SI drivetrain I would have wanted if I did end up getting the Civic HB, ie. 20+hp, LSD, bigger brakes. So I think its worth that $6~7k increase over the Civic Sport Touring to get sportier SI drivetrain/performance as well as other interior amenities.