The Acura Integra is making a return.
Honda’s luxury and performance brand is making a play for millennial car buyers by bringing back the vehicle in 2023, according to Automotive News. It is expected to be one of Acura’s last new gas-powered cars.
“Acura hopes bringing back the Integra will capture and keep millennial buyers who still care about driving performance, before the brand transforms into an all-electric automaker,” Carly Schaffner reports for Automotive News.
The new Integra replaces the Acura ILX, built on Honda Civic infrastructure.
“As a peripheral member of the Honda Civic family, the Integra is a pricey way to combine the Civic's best elements—the Si's 200-hp engine, the hatchback body style, and the six-speed manual—in a slightly more upscale package,” Joey Capparella writes for Car and Driver.
The 2023 model will be the last gas-powered Integra, according to Automotive News.
Honda, Acura and other major brands are facing a tough road ahead as supply chain issues continue to hamper production and an economic downturn looms. Acura sales declined by more than 64% in May, combined with the same month last year, Automotive News reports. Honda sales were down more than 56%.
Safety Risks for Honda, Acura Owners
The new Integra hits the road as Honda and Acura continue to have trouble ensuring that their vehicles are safe to drive.
Honda announced last year, for example, that it was recalling 760,000 Honda and Acura vehicles over a fuel pump defect that could cause the cars to unexpectedly die. The move came just months after Honda recalled 725,000 pickups and sport utility vehicles because of a sealing defect that could cause recalled vehicles’ hoods to fly open without warning.
The company is not alone. Major auto manufacturers recall millions of vehicles around the globe every year, citing a wide range of defects and malfunctions that pose risks for everyone on the road. They often announce the recalls long after defective cars have been sold to unsuspecting buyers.
Know Your California Lemon Law Rights
The good news is that California car owners and lessors have some valuable rights and protections under the state’s lemon law.
Formally known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, the lemon law requires carmakers to do various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also requires manufacturers to buy back (or replace, in certain situations) vehicles that they are unable or decline to fix.
That includes compensating the owner for any down payment on the car, as well as for monthly loan payments and the outstanding balance on any loan. The manufacturer is also responsible for towing, rental cars and other related expenses.
Speak with a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you have been stuck with a defective or malfunctioning vehicle, a California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you fight back.