The 1997 Acura Integra is designed as a low-priced sports vehicle that looks as good as it drives. The sleek styling sets it apart from many models in the lineup. Quick acceleration, a respectable top speed, and excellent handling make it a joy to drive. The low price tag is one of the major advantages it has over other sports vehicles. It is cheap enough to be within reach of the budget-conscious buyer. It also misses out on some features compared to the competing vehicles in the same price range, but the performance it has can make the difference for those looking for a fun vehicle to drive. It is available in 5 trims: LS, GS, GS-R, RS, and Type R.
Body Styles: sedan, hatchback
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Acura Integra LS, Acura Integra GS, Acura Integra GS-R, Acura Integra RS, Acura Integra Type R
The 1997 Acura Integra introduces a new model, the Type R.
The 1997 Acura Integra is a sleek, graceful vehicle that is available as either a sedan or hatchback. A rear spoiler is available on most models. Alloy wheels and a rear spoiler are standard features.
Despite the focus on performance, the 1997 Acura Integra has a respectable amount of standard features. All models have power locks, power mirrors, power windows, power moonroof, cruise control, air-conditioning, AM/FM radio, and a cassette player as standard equipment. The front seats are comfortable enough, but the rear seats can be a bit cramped with only 36 inches of rear head room and 32.7 inches of rear leg room.
Performance & Handling
The 1997 Acura Integra has excellent performance and handling. The 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual transmission found on all models gives it fast acceleration and an impressive top speed. A four-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. The engine produces 140 hp at 6300 rpm and offers 127 lb-ft of torque. Handling and steering are also very good. The Type R stands out due to its better acceleration than the rest of the Integra line. In addition to coaxing more power of the engine, the Type R also weighs less than the other models.
The 1997 Acura Integra comes with dual-front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) as standard equipment. It received four stars in driver-side crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
EPA Fuel Economy
Acura Integra, five-speed manual: 22/29 mpg city/highway
Acura Integra, four-speed automatic: 21/29 mpg city/highway
- High performance
- Excellent quality
- Attractive design
You Won't Like
- Cramped rear seat
- Less standard features than lower performance vehicles in the same price range
Affordable performance with style.
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