Which 2013 Car Is Similar to My 1991 Acura Integra?

Which 2013 car is similar to my 1991 Acura Integra?



The 1991 Integra was much skimpier with features compared to today's cars, making direct comparisons difficult. Air bags weren't required then, so it came with motorized front shoulder belts that were activated when the doors were closed. Antilock brakes were standard only on top-line GS models, air conditioning was a dealer-installed accessory for all models, and some versions didn't have power locks or windows. Even so, the Integra was considered a well-equipped, somewhat upscale car 22 years ago.

The 1991 Integra came as a two-door hatchback that was 173 inches long and as a four-door sedan that was a few inches longer, and base prices ran from about $12,000 to $18,000.

That size and price range in today's market puts you in a subcompact car, such as the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio or Ford Fiesta. Moving up a notch in size and price to the compact class adds cars such as the Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic to the mix. The closest model to an Integra in the current Acura line is the ILX, a Civic-based sedan that starts at $27,795 with destination charge.

Here are some suggestions to get you started. First, check out Cars.com's Best bets for 2013, here, which lets you sort vehicles by size, price, gas mileage and other factors. That should help you find some qualified candidates for your driveway.

From there, you can further hone your shopping list with the Cars.com Vehicle Recommender, here, which lets you fine-tune your search by price, mileage and by identifying must-have features, engine type and other specifics you would like on your next car.

With whatever you decide to buy, you will get significantly more standard safety features and probably higher fuel economy. However, we can't promise that your next car will last as long as that 1991 Integra.

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By Rick Popely | August 31, 2013 | Comments (6)



i Would Actually Suggest Some Fwd Sport Coupes That Are Vehicles Actually Like An IntEgra, Such As Scion TC,


Closest comparison to today would be the Ford Focus or Mazda3. The Integra was a front-drive sporty-oriented compact hatchback, a niche the Mazda3 serves today. The Focus is also pretty close to that niche.


91 Integra was a Civic with 1.8L and some extra features. I am not sure if the suspension was exactly the same as Civics, because if it was, that car was harsh-riding, like 91 Civic and Acura TSX later. Why one wants a car like that anyway? Definitely, a good balance between comfort and ride/engagement would be Mazda3. Focus is very small inside, even comparing to Mazda3. Current Civic has little resemblance of Civics of the past besides noise.


If you want to stay in the Acura family, the new ILX is a rebadged Civic.

If you're interested in sporty, take a look at the Mazda 3 (wait for the 2014 version coming soon) or the Focus ST.

Stay away from Scion.


As someone who's driven both (as well as a 1995 Integra and a 2000 Integra GS-R), I'd have to say that the Scion tC is the closest thing on the market today to the Integra. I own a 2011 tC, and it's similar to my dad's 2000 Integra GS-R.


Hyundai Elantra GT with manual transmission will have similar handling, horsepower and torque. You can get 2013 model for about $15K.

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