The Original Acura Legend Was More Upscale Honda Than BMW Competitor

In terms of driving feel, it couldn't match its German rivals. But it was still a solid car.

The Acura legend is a pretty cool car you can pick up on the used market for little money these days. But what did people think of the first Acura when it was new? Aimed at luxury buyers that usually went for BMW or Mercedes, was it good enough to win people over? Not quite, according to Motorweek.

The show got its hands on a 1987 Legend back when it was the hot new thing on the block, and found the driving experience didn't exactly live up to its German rivals. Steering was numb at low speeds, and because it was front-wheel drive, balance and road-holding ability wasn't up to par. They also found the styling bland, and the interior design uninspiring.

What the Acura did supremely well, though, was being just a normal car. The cabin was spacious, and every button was laid out in a logically, easy-to-access manner. There was plenty of trunk room, and the V-6 engine was smooth and unintrusive. In this sense, it was a great, upscale Honda, but a bit too expensive and not quite special enough to match its actual competitors in terms of overall appeal.

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