Meet the Integra That’s Actually a Honda Civic

The Integra is the unofficial name of a vehicle that’s actually a Honda Civic. I have no idea why they’ve done this, but it looks like they’re going to stick with the name for a while, so we thought we’d at least make an effort to explain it.

The Integra was a car that was supposed to be the American version of the Civic, but something went wrong and Honda never built enough units to meet demand. Today, there are very few left, making them one of the most unique cars ever made in the United States. And now, thanks to a recent auction, we can see what the Integra would have looked like had it been as successful as the Civic.

As you read this, I’m sitting in a parking lot, waiting for a Honda Civic, which is to be the testing vehicle for my upcoming post on the Integra. This is the second time I’ve driven this car. The first time, I was in the passenger seat and the car was driven by my father. I’ve always had a fascination with Integras, and I had to see what all the fuss was about. The car is a 2002 model that’s been recently restored.

Remember the Acura Integra from the 90s? It was an entry-level coupe and sedan from the luxury brand, based on the Honda Civic, with high dynamics and a luxurious interior (by the standards of the time). It was also well known in the United States, but Honda also sold the Integra in other parts of the world, including Japan. It was known abroad as the Honda Integra and had a different front end than the version with the round headlights we have here.

However, abroad a very different Honda Integra was offered. And unlike our usual entry-level luxury counterpart, this unique Integra was actually a Civic.

Honda Integra Sedan Joyeuse

1996 Honda Integra SJ – Import guys

This is the 1996 Honda Integra SJ. Does this sound familiar? This is because it has similar bodywork to the sixth-generation Honda Civic we had in the United States. The taillights are the same, the body of the sedan is the same, and even the interior of the car is basically the same. But the front is a little different.

You can see that the Integra SJ has sleeker headlights and a small grille reminiscent of the Acuras of the late ’90s. According to Autoblog, Honda created this particular sedan to add a formal sedan to the Integra lineup and named it SJ. In case you’re wondering, these initials stand for joy sedan. How appropriate.

1996 Honda Integra SJ – Import guys

What is included in Integra SJ?

1996 Honda Integra SJ – Import guys

Just because the Honda Integra SJ has the same name as the Integra we know and love, doesn’t mean they have the same part numbers. The Integra SJ is powered by a 1.5-liter D15b engine that produces 128 hp, Autoblog reports. It’s the same 1.6-liter engine as in a comparable 1996 Honda Civic LX, but it probably delivers less torque.

From what we can tell, this Honda Integra SJ you see in the pictures also comes with all the basic equipment you need, including power steering, power windows, and air conditioning. Although this car was considered a luxury car, you won’t find leather seats like in the American Integra. However, the Integra SJ is equipped with cloth upholstery that looks a little nicer than the interior of the sixth-generation American Civic.

This Honda Integra For Sale

1996 Honda Integra SJ – Import guys

Although accurate information about this ’96 Honda Integra SJ is scarce, you can generally really buy it. This black piece is currently on sale at The Import Guys in Washington, DC.

According to the car listing, this one has only 45,215 miles on the odometer and appears to be in good condition. It’s a Honda, after all. But don’t forget that the car has a four-speed automatic transmission (crap) and is right-hand drive. Whether you’re looking for a reliable car for your commute or just want to add something unique to your garage, this Honda Integra SJ may be what you’re looking for. Remember, this is not a Civic, this is an Integra Sedan.

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