Throwback Thursday: Vintage Magazine Reviews of the Legend Coupe

Odometer (Legend):  531,485


Odometer (ILX):  91,845


My, technology has come a long way in 20 years, hasn’t it?  The realization comes pretty quickly when you’re thumbing through a magazine from the 1990’s and see this kind of ad for Radio Shack.  Tape decks galore!


Has the automotive world come just as far?  I’ll let you decide.  Today, I’ll share with you a couple of fun articles that were written about the Acura Legend LS coupe when it was brand new.  First, this February 1993 write-up by Automobile Magazine.  The car was cited as having a 0-60 time of 6.8 seconds, a 15.3 second quarter mile, and a 146 mph top speed.


Next up, a multi-page comparo from Car & Driver, written that same month (February 1993).  The Legend was set against the Cadillac Eldorado, the Lincoln Mark VIII, and the Lexus SC400.  Spoiler alert:  They ended up concluding that the Lexus SC400 was the best car on the planet.  And the Legend?  Last place.  Now I ask:  Which automotive design has withstood the test of time most gracefully?  The SC still looks good, and the Legend without a doubt.  But the Lincoln and Caddy?



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My favorite line:  “The Legend dusts the SC400 in a sprint to 100 mph.”  Remember, the SC400 had a V8!

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Lastly, a quick scan from a “Competitive Comparisons 1995-96” booklet that was distributed as part of a salesperson training course.  Here, Acura pins the 1995 Legend L coupe against the BMW 325i.



Hope you enjoyed these blasts from the past as much as I did!

8 Responses to “Throwback Thursday: Vintage Magazine Reviews of the Legend Coupe”

  1. I sure wish they’d redo that test with all 4 vehicles with 200K miles on each . . .

  2. Never have seen that Competitive Comparisons before. You got ALL the cool stuff Tyson!

    • Haha, thanks Dave – I can’t remember where I snagged that little spiral-bound notebook but it’s kind of fascinating to read through. I still get on Ebay once in awhile and look for brochures and stuff that I might not already have in the collection.

  3. My favorite line: “The Legend dusts the SC400 in a sprint to 100 mph.” Remember, the SC400 had a V8!


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