What Was the First Acura Vehicle?

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If you’re a loyal Acura driver, you may be wondering, “what was the first Acura vehicle?” The answer to that question would be the Acura Legend sedan! While both the Acura Legend and Acura Integra hatchback debuted in 1986 in North America, the Legend debuted in Japan under the Honda moniker in 1985. Let’s dive into the details of both Acura models so we can learn more about the first Acura vehicles! Courtesy Acura is your go-to resource for Acura history.


Acura Legend History

After debuting as a luxury vehicle in Japan in 1985 under the Honda brand name, the Legend sedan was reborn under the Acura brand in North America as the top-of-the-line model in 1986. The Honda version of the Legend was actually the first Honda vehicle to be equipped with a V6 engine! The Legend boasted a 2.5L engine that was capable of 151 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque. While this may seem a bit modest for today’s standards, the power output along with the engine’s multi-port fuel injection and four valves were cylinder was quite revolutionary for the time!

Here are some more highlights of the Acura Legend:

  • Powered by a four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbones upfront
  • Offered a manual transmission option (most luxury cars only offered automatic at the time)
  • Initial reviews praised its interior, handling, and fuel efficiency
  • Provided a coupe option starting in 1987

Ultimately, the Acura Legend sedan has an 18-year run and served as the basis for later flagship cars, including the Acura RL and Acura RLX. While it can be tough to find an Acura Legend these days, it would certainly turn heads on the Aurora roads if you can find one.

Acura Integra History

If you find yourself searching, “what was the first Acura vehicle?”, you may get mixed results! While the Legend came out a little earlier in Japan, the Acura Integra debuted alongside the Legend in 1986 in North America. An interesting fact about the Integra is that in other markets outside of North America, it was sold as a Honda vehicle. The Integra was meant to be a sleeker version of the Honda Civic, which explains the choice of selling it under a different badge.

Here are a few highlights about the introductory Acura Integra:

  • Was originally sold as a hatchback
  • Offered a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic transmission
  • Originally was capable of 113 hp and 99 lb-ft of torque
  • Was well-liked for its “revvy engine” in the first iteration

During the run of the Integra model, drivers lauded it as an exceptional front-wheel-drive sport compact. Later generations of the model offered GS-R and Type R trims, which offers further enhanced performance than the first generation Integra did. Like the Legend, the Integra is also a bit hard to come by these days. Should you find one to drive home to Aurora, you’re certain to be the talk of the town.

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