In the eighties, Honda was not really sure of the acceptance of the public if they put the Honda emblem on a more expensive, more luxurious line of cars. During that time, Honda only produced small size, low-priced, and quality cars. And a high-priced big car would not fit to its current image. Thus in the effort to enter the luxury market, Honda created their luxury division called Acura in March 27, 1986. Their first two models were the Acura Integra and the Acura Legend.
Legend's ten year life span started in its first generation from 1986 as a four-door sedan and powered by a 2.5L V6 engine with 4-speed automatic or 5 speed manual transmission. The Legend sold 50,000 units per year, outselling other vehicle of its class including the rival Lexus from Toyota. The first generation lasted in 1990.
The 1991 Acura Legend is larger than the former generation. It also uses the same front wheel drivetrain but with several trims unlike the previews Legend. Coupe became available with shorter wheelbase in L and LS trims. The sedans came in base, L and LS luxury trims. All had thicker anti roll bars, more galvanized body, and bigger engines with hydraulics front mounts.
By 1992, L and LS sedans models received driver- and passenger-side airbag and seatbelt pretensioners and cupholders.
The 1993 Acura Legend features a passenger-side airbag on the base which was once only available for the L and LS models. This year also featured the entry of coupe models that were 30 hp more than the sedan with 6 speed manual transmission and traction-control system. The sedans retain the same engine
A year later, the Acura legend included the high-performance GS sedan with a 230-horsepower engine that consumed 16-18 mpg in urban driving to the low 20s on the highway and 6-speed gearbox borrowing the same features for the LS coupe. The base model for sedan was removed from the production line. Restyled grille and front bumpers, plus a power tilt/telescopic steering column were brand new for all the 1994 model year.
In the last year of the Acura Legend, which will eventually be replaced by the Acura RL, carried very minimal changes. The 1995 Legend soon faded in the picture. Yet Acura Legend had a very fruitful 10 years in the luxury market and as one of the pioneering models of the Acura, the Legend became the basis of Acura models to follow.
Acura Legend: Summer Car Maintenance Checklist
The open road, sunny skies, and the gentle breeze touching your cheeks—ah, the thrills of summertime driving! But even if summer lets you roll down the windows and bask in the sun as you blast through the highways or navigate through the city traffic, summertime driving isn't always fun. Heat, dust, and harsh UV rays can do a number on your Acura Legend. Before you hit the road, make sure your Acura is all set to beat the warm weather effects. Here are some tips:
- Don't forget about your tires.
It can be a boom, a bang, a whoosh, or a flap telling you that your tire just blew out. As the temperature rises, tire pressure may also rapidly change—by about 1 to 2 psi (pounds per square inch) for every 10-degree outside air temperature increase. Under-inflated tires can cause more strain on the sidewalls and cause bulges forming on the outer edges. Add some more heat and pressure to this and it won't be unlikely that one of them would blow out. Over-inflated are no good either, as they tend to lose a firm hold on the road and may cause hydroplaning on wet roads. You must keep the tires rotated, aligned, and well balanced. Keep track of tread wear as well.
- Don't let the engine get too hot even in summer.
On a warm weather, there's usually a lot of heavy driving happening—trips to the beach, summer cabins, vacation spots, and plenty of other hang-out places and adventures to try and discover. If you're not careful, these fun-filled summer trips can easily be ruined by an overheating engine. Idling for too long in traffic could mean that there's not enough air getting into the hood to help dissipate heat. Engine temperature may rise up quickly. Regular cooling system checks can make a world of difference. See to it that there's enough coolant circulating under the hood. If you must, flush the radiator and top off the cooling system with fresh coolant with the right water and antifreeze mixture, which is typically 50-50. Other than removing debris and dirt buildup in the system, you must also check for cracked hoses (the most vulnerable portions are those near the clamps or connections), a blown radiator cap, a leaky radiator, a busted water pump, or a faulty thermostat.
- Don't lose your cool because of a busted A/C.
If your air-conditioner can't keep the cabin cooler than the temperature outside, then you most likely have an air-conditioning problem. So you won't have to spend hot days on the road covered in sweat, maintain the needed refrigerant level of the A/C. Have your air-conditioning system cleaned to prevent bacteria and mold buildup. Check the hoses, air vents, belts and pulleys, and other components such as the condenser, drier, and compressor. See to it that the lines are leak-free.
- Don't let the summer heat beat your battery.
You might fear early morning jumpstarts in cold winter months, but hot summer days couldn't be any better for the car battery. One of the things you have to watch out for is the battery getting overcharged as the rise in temperature can hasten the chemical reaction inside, which can take a toll on the battery's capacity or lifespan. High heat can be bad for the battery as this can lead to the drop of internal battery fluid due to evaporation. To keep the battery going, top it off with the needed fluid. Keep the terminals and contacts clean and the cables intact and tight. Make sure that you don't have any loose connection and that the battery is well charged.
The Legend of the Acura Legend
Naming a car Legend brings high expectations from consumers. Thankfully, the Acura Legend made the cut and became a name held in high regard by consumers and reviewers alike since its launch. And although it has been discontinued to make way for a replacement, the Acura Legend is still treated with respect as the legendary Japanese car that comes from a brand that pioneered the luxury car market in the US.
1986-1990: Launch and first generation
First introduced in 1985 in Japan and then in North America, the Acura Legend was released with two body styles—sedan and coupe. It was marketed as the brand’s premier luxury model. The sedan came out in the market before the coupe with a 151 hp 2.5L C25A V6 engine. The coupes first appeared in 1987 with a 161 hp 2.7L C27A engine under the hood.
This generation also came equipped with the luxurious set of 80W speakers, a tape cassette stereo, and a dual diversity antenna. Other novel features included a volume control rocker switch, a pre-set radio station channel selector, and a button to control the opening, tilting, or closing of the glass moonroof.
The interior colors, which came in blue, brown and gray, could only match one exterior color each, and the cloths are made from 100% wool. And though it is a luxury car model, leather was not offered at the time.
In 1989, the Acura Legend saw some upgrades that included an anti-lock braking system, a double-wishbone rear suspension, one-piece front headlamps, a revised front bumper, a trunk lid, and a tail light cluster. At this time, the high-end LS model included a driver’s side airbag, a trip computer, an electronic vehicle monitoring system, and a Bose sound system.
1991-1995: Second seneration and discontinuation
The second generation Acura Legend became available in the latter part of 1990, boasting a 200 hp SOHC C32A engine partnered with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. The second generation models came in a larger more streamlined-look and offered a number of new features. These included a speed-sensitive steering, more luxurious leather seats, seat belt pretensioners, and soft-close vacuum-operated doors. For the LS model, climate control, a power 4-way passenger seat, walnut interior trim, and body colored side moldings were added.
Engine upgrades were seen in 1994 when a 230 hp Type II version of the SOHC C32A engine became standard in coupes, mated with a 6-speed manual transmission. Dual airbags were also added as standard equipment in all trims. New bumpers and new front grilles were featured for a more luxurious and sporty look.
2000: Legend replacement
Although it had been very successful, the name Legend was discontinued to give way to the RL, the replacement set by Acura. With the 90’s tagged as the high point of Acura luxury, the retirement of the legendary name could not have come at a better time, as the RLs did not offer as much excitement for consumers.