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Still waiting for my '23 Integra. I currently have a '95 Camry wagon for cargo carrying purposes. I'm wondering if I'll still need it or if my '23 Integra will be able to take over cargo carrying purposes. Anyone have much experience with loading lots of stuff into their '23 Integra yet? How do longer and bulkier items fare?
 

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You can't beat a wagon for cargo carrying. The liftback is angled instead of squared off, so that is a limitation. Also the liftover is high in the Integra. You can't just slide heavy cargo out the back, like you can with a wagon.

For example. I let my dog in the side door. In my wagon, I would lift the hatch for him. I would say if you only carry stuff 2-3 times a year, the Integra should do it. But if you haul cargo a couple a times a months, I'd use the Camry. That's provided that you have a way to keep a second car, in terms of space and financial requirements.
 

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I had a 95 Camry Wagon as well, and there really isn’t any comparison. As @johnv said, the liftover is high and the slope diminishes height. I wish I still had my Camry, but the radiator gave out and it was a repair too costly to keep it. 😔
 

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Without a doubt the Camry Wagon is leagues above the Integra for cargo carrying. I don't have to carry cargo often but the few times I do, the wagon is amazing. In addition to my Camry, I have a '94 Integra as my daily driver. I'm pressed for space even with both cars and it's not financially sound to have the Camry if I drive it maybe once a month. The Camry currently has a massive coolant leak and is due for a timing belt/water pump service. Not sure how much more time/money I want to put into it. Once my '23 Integra comes, I plan on having it as my sole car. In essence, I'm hoping for the '23 Integra to combine my two current cars into one. I had a '18 Civic Hatch before and I was able to load an engine and transmission into the back. Of course the lift over height on a '18 Civic Hatch is much lower than a '23 Integra. I'll be moving at the end of next year, so I'm planning on what vehicle(s) I'll be using to help with that transition. I had a '15 Fit and it was amazing when I had to move often.

I'm just wondering if the '23 Integra will be capable enough to where I can use it to move my stuff so I can sell my Camry comfortably right now. Or if I should consider holding onto the Camry until I move. Depreciation is not a factor for such an old car, so the opportunity cost would be the insurance and registration (should be less than $500 for a year with my mental math). The maintenance cost is a wildcard, so it's not easy to factor in (at least with my mental math).

As far as my '23 Integra is concerned, my dealership has said that it should be here late September/early October. A couple months ago they said August however. And when I placed my reservation in March, they said June. With the supply chain troubles right now, I'm not even expecting it before November.
 

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Not sure how far you are moving but the day cost of a Uhaul van will be much less expensive than paying for insurance and registration for that long on a car you aren't using.
I should rephrase. I'm not implying that I'm going to have the Camry sit for a whole year until I'm about to move lol. I do use it every once in a while. Right before the massive coolant leak, I helped a friend pick up a 65" TV. It was literally perfect for the job.
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Other times, I end up moving a lot of car parts and other large items every once in awhile. The point of this thread is about the '23 Integra's cargo carrying capabilities and if I should be able to get by with just having that car. I would love to sell the Camry after I fix the coolant leak this month. But it would suck if the '23 Integra struggles to keep up with my lifestyle until I move. After I move, I have no intentions to do any cargo carrying for a long time so the cargo carrying capabilities are only important from now until the end of next year.

Keeping the Camry
Pros:
-Easier Cargo Carrying Capabilities
-Less wear on the '23 Integra

Cons:
-Registration and Insurance costs
-Less parking space

Selling the Camry
Pros:
-Saving money and getting some pocket cash
-More parking space

Cons:
-More wear on the '23 Integra
-More difficulty in Cargo Carrying Capabilities

The pros and cons equal out very closely. If anything, cargo carrying stories from '23 Integra owners will help me make my own decision.
 

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That makes sense. We have a minivan for kid/cargo transfer so I haven’t had occassion to press the Integra into hauling duty. Can you lower insurance costs once the Integra comes by lowering yearly mileage estimates?
that TV fit perfectly in there! I really wish anyone offered an affordable station wagon any more. Sigh.
 

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Back when I was young and single, I moved a couple times putting everything I needed in my compact hatchback. I don't travel so light these days, but I wanted the Integra to carry cargo. I feel like it is good. Good luck with your decision!
 

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I just got my Integra last Friday. I had a 2002 Accord previously and before selling my Accord I borrowed an upholstery cleaner which is basically the size of a large stand up vacuum. In the Accord I was able to fit the whole thing sideways in the trunk just after the lip due to the voids behind the wheel wells. In the Integra I couldn't fit the vacuum diagonally, so I had to drop a seat down to make it fit. I would say the Integra is going to be an issue because of the width of the trunk. Also when I tried to close the lid of trunk for the Integra I found there was no height available due to the plastic around the lift back. Finally, I don't know of any way to partially close the lift back, something I'm used to in a non hatch.
 

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The lift over means it’s more easy to scratch the rear bumper cover, so another thing to consider if using it for frequent hauling. The lift over bothers me more for cargo than the sloping window, but it depends what you’re carrying. In my Volvo wagon we didn’t often pack all the way to the roof.

I filled the Integra’s trunk with a mid-size cooler, small cooler, 2 boxes of snacks and a camp toilet, and I can easily imagine the same camping gear we use in our wagon, but it can’t handle the bulkiest items we did with the wagon like a 63” sideboard or our homemade skate/bike ramp.
It’s best to think of it as a large sedan trunk without the rear bulkhead or window in the way when you want to load with the seats down. It’s pretty good for large, lighter weight stuff like a bike or maybe musical instruments (I don’t play anything, just guessing).

This might help as well, if you haven’t seen it already, although it’s only with the seat up: Acura Integra Luggage Test: How big is the trunk? | Autoblog
 

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That makes sense. We have a minivan for kid/cargo transfer so I haven’t had occassion to press the Integra into hauling duty. Can you lower insurance costs once the Integra comes by lowering yearly mileage estimates?
that TV fit perfectly in there! I really wish anyone offered an affordable station wagon any more. Sigh.
I mainly drive my '94 Integra so the Camry is already at the lowest insurance possible.

I've squeezed in a full-size mattress as well! Don't have any good pictures of that unfortunately. Wagons are definitely awesome.
 

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I just got my Integra last Friday. I had a 2002 Accord previously and before selling my Accord I borrowed an upholstery cleaner which is basically the size of a large stand up vacuum. In the Accord I was able to fit the whole thing sideways in the trunk just after the lip due to the voids behind the wheel wells. In the Integra I couldn't fit the vacuum diagonally, so I had to drop a seat down to make it fit. I would say the Integra is going to be an issue because of the width of the trunk. Also when I tried to close the lid of trunk for the Integra I found there was no height available due to the plastic around the lift back. Finally, I don't know of any way to partially close the lift back, something I'm used to in a non hatch.
I had a feeling that the subwoofer would intrude on space a lot. Hard to tell from just the pictures I've seen. Thanks for letting me know the shortcomings of the width.
 

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The lift over means it’s more easy to scratch the rear bumper cover, so another thing to consider if using it for frequent hauling. The lift over bothers me more for cargo than the sloping window, but it depends what you’re carrying. In my Volvo wagon we didn’t often pack all the way to the roof.

I filled the Integra’s trunk with a mid-size cooler, small cooler, 2 boxes of snacks and a camp toilet, and I can easily imagine the same camping gear we use in our wagon, but it can’t handle the bulkiest items we did with the wagon like a 63” sideboard or our homemade skate/bike ramp.
It’s best to think of it as a large sedan trunk without the rear bulkhead or window in the way when you want to load with the seats down. It’s pretty good for large, lighter weight stuff like a bike or maybe musical instruments (I don’t play anything, just guessing).

This might help as well, if you haven’t seen it already, although it’s only with the seat up: Acura Integra Luggage Test: How big is the trunk? | Autoblog
I've been hearing a lot about the lift over being an issue for many people. Hopefully I get my Integra soon so I can see for myself. I'm not giving the Integra a fighting chance when comparing it to the Camry Wagon lol.
 

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My dealership just called and passed me onto another salesman (my previous salesman left the dealership). My current salesman is estimating first week of October for my car. Definitely not holding my tongue but I feel like it'll come sooner than I think it will. That being said, I'm going to hold onto my Camry for cargo carrying just so I can keep my '23 Integra nice and pristine for the first couple years.
 

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I've been hearing a lot about the lift over being an issue for many people. Hopefully I get my Integra soon so I can see for myself. I'm not giving the Integra a fighting chance when comparing it to the Camry Wagon lol.
The lift over is not an issue for day to day items like groceries and stuff. It’s the heavy items where it’s a problem. Lifting a full cooler over that is a good way to hurt one’s back.
Glad you’re keeping the wagon for now. I think it makes sense since it’s only a year and you can keep the new car more pristine.
 
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