The Acura Legend was launched in 1986 along with the Integra sport hatchback to create the Acura brand in North America. Actually co-developed with British automaker Land Rover, the Acura Legend available in sedan and coupe body styles, its was immediately a hit with consumers and critics alike. Through his fledgling brand Acura, Honda successfully blended his penchant for reliability and engineering expertise with luxury features were previously unavailable in a car wearing the M badge. The Acura Legend of second-generation raised the bar even further and its introduction in 1991 saw the debut of Acura’s own logo an H Honda flipped the top clamp, that solidified the brand more as an independent entity.
The 2nd-generation of Acura Legend was produced from 1991-95. The sedan was initially offered in base, L and LS trim levels, while the coupe stuck with L and LS through its operation. The key driver of the legend was a 3.2-liter V6 that generates 200 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque, mated to a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic. In 1993, coupes jumped to 230 horsepower and update its manual gearbox six speeds, while all the legends won dual air-bags.
In 1994, the new sedan beginning of the GS line debuted with the strongest motor and larger 16-inch wheels. The base sedan has been dropped, and all the legends added a new grille, bumper and steering wheel that could eventually tilt and telescope. His last year, 1995, saw the addition of a limited production SE sedan with minor cosmetic distinctions.
Like all Acuras, the options were limited. An automatic transmission, CD changer, and Bose upgraded stereo were rare on demand, with leather an option on lower trim levels options. Standard equipment includes front airbags, antilock brakes, alloy wheels, full power accessories, power driver seat with memory, sunroof and audio controls on the steering wheel. Traction control, keyless entry, heated seats, power passenger seat and two-tone paint were some of the standard elements of higher levels of finish.
The Acura Legend was not only good looking and well equipped but also rewarding to drive. The performance was strong, especially with the more powerful V6 found in some of the later models. The Acura Legend interior was well built and attractive, not to cross the line between luxury and sport. However, it was doubtful headroom for taller drivers, and the back seat was a little skimpy on legroom due to the rare longitudinal engine layout of the Acura Legend. Hindquarters of the coupe were even narrower but that’s typical for the staff of two doors.