Manual Happiness: Acura Integra Type S

The Acura Integra has made a comeback, a legendary name that debuted with the brand in 1986. Taking the place of the ILX, the renewed Integra borrows its foundation and most of its parts from the Honda Civic. While this vehicle comfortably accommodates four passengers and boasts impressive standard power, the high-revving prowess of the Type S is a 2024 novelty. This review primarily focuses on our Type S test model, designed with performance-driven drivers in mind.

2024 Acura Integra Overview

Acura offers the Integra in two themes based entirely on the powerplant on hand. The base model starts at $31,500, while the Type S retails from $50,800. Add $1,195 for the delivery charge.

2024 Acura Integra Type S front three-quarter view

The standard model offers two package options: A-Spec ($2,000) and A-Spec with Technology ($5,000). That latter package serves as the basis for the standard manual model ($36,500). It is also included with the Type S.

Highlights of the 2024 Acura Integra

When evaluating the Acura Integra, several attributes come to the forefront, especially with the Type S model.

Distinct Type S Design

The Integra Type S is notably wider than the standard Integra, measuring an additional 2.8 inches in width. This wider design is complemented by larger 19-inch wheels, tires sized at 265/30 R19, and prominently extended fenders, giving the vehicle a solid appearance on the road.

The Integra Type S boasts a distinctive front design, with a large Diamond Pentagon grille and a vented aluminum hood that together enhance airflow by 170 percent. This is essential for cooling its more powerful turbocharged engine. The front also has a broader opening that facilitates air to the intercooler, optimizing engine performance.

2024 Acura Integra Type S profile view

The vehicle’s rear showcases three centrally aligned exhaust outlets, a new feature for the Type S models, alongside a gloss black diffuser and a decklid spoiler to improve aerodynamics. To identify this as a high-performance variant, “Type S” badges are placed on the front grille, both front fenders, and the trunk lid. Additionally, the “Integra” name is embossed on both the front and rear of the car, reminiscent of its 3rd generation model.

Roomy and Comfortable Interior

The Type S, being a compact, naturally has limited space. Yet, its 2+2 seating layout and four doors simplify rear seat access. The sloping roofline might pose a slight challenge for entry and exit, but its rear seats comfortably accommodate average-sized adults— a feature not always found in larger models like the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang.

The Integra also boasts 24.3 cubic feet of standard cargo space. Access through a high lifting rear hatchback makes loading on the high floor easy. For extra storage space, the rear seats fold flat. Acura doesn’t supply measurements here, but that area nearly doubles.

The Integra Type S closely resembles the Honda Civic Type R, making them seem almost twin-like. However, the Acura stands out with a more upscale interior and superior materials. Additionally, it offers heated front seats and a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

2024 Acura Integra Type S seats

Matt Keegan
Author: Matthew Keegan
Matt Keegan is a journalist, media professional, and owner of this website. He has an extensive writing background and has covered the automotive sector continuously since 2004. When not driving and evaluating new vehicles, Matt enjoys spending his time outdoors.

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