1994 Acura Legend Coupe Has Tech You Won’t Find On A New RLX

Before Acura introduced its first-generation RL sedan back in the mid-90s, the 2nd-gen Legend was “the” car to have if you wanted something luxurious from the Japanese automaker’s stable.

You could even get one as a Coupe model, same as you could its predecessor, although newer Legends were a lot more technologically-advanced and better to drive. As for this one, it’s a 1994 Legend Coupe that reviewer Doug DeMuro sampled recently.

Tech-savvy? Really?

Absolutely. Consider this: a 1994 Acura Legend Coupe came with electric soft-close doors, something you won’t even find on a 2019 Acura RLX, which has a base price of just under $55,000. In fact, you’d be surprised how many brand new premium models don’t have soft-close doors, despite this technology having been around for a long time now.

To be fair though, the soft-close door function was only available on the Legend Coupe, not the sedan.

Other features include a power tilt-telescoping steering column, dual airbags as standard, automatic climate control, power four-way passenger seat, heated leather seats, heated mirrors, hands-free telephone and speed-sensitive steering.

On the road, this is a big car from an era when you couldn’t just press a ‘Sport’ button and have everything sharpen up. This means body roll can be an issue, but only if you drive the Legend Coupe in a manner in which you probably shouldn’t – it’s more of a comfortable cruiser than anything else.


  • TheBelltower

    In the 1990s, Acuras were brilliant. Most Japanese cars were. They felt like the future, and it was clear that a lot of intelligent design went into everything so that they could win over US customers. Boy how times have changed.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Yeah, they lost their USP. Homogeneity of cars worldwide isn’t always a good thing.

  • KareKakk

    “On the road, this is a big car from an era when you couldn’t just press a ‘Sport’ button and have everything sharpen up. “

    As long as you’re talking suspension: plenty of cars from the ’80s and forward had that button or equal, plenty of japanese models such as Mazda 323/626/929/Luce had this, the french Citroën XM, even german Opel Senator/Omega had such.

    • TheBelltower

      True. Though in most cars that sport button didn’t do much.

  • EM1

    Is Serigu unable to think of other topics instead of posting from the same freaking car reviewer?

  • Blade t

    I used to love these Legends ..

    • Bash

      Oh I still do.

    • Bo Hanan

      Would take one in a minute if I could find on locally.

  • Dansk

    SERIOUSLY another article from a Doug DeMuro video! I feel like this site is just cut and past from other websites!


    • Astonman

      Just saw a beat up first gen on the freeway a couple of days ago and was admiring it. I like the first gen better because of it’s creases over the fender wells and large green house. The new one grew too big but still attractive. Time for someone to do a restomod for both vehicles. I think if Acura would do a coupe again – they should look back at the first gen Legend – and bring back that name.

  • E Gold

    Sir DeMuro is the greatest! Before I even watched this piece, I was hoping he didn’t miss the most quirky feature of it. Sure enough, it was the first thing he brought up! The epic CL-grade soft-close door closer feature. Way to go my main man!
    Unfortunately there was no mention of the technical layout. I’ve always been baffled as to how Acura was able to wedge in the V6 longitudinally, route the power out back to the manual transmission, then somehow send the power up to the front two wheels.

    • KareKakk

      Audi and Renault did that for years in advance, so I guess those manic photoshooting japanese crawling over/under/inside any car during the carshows in the 80’s did it for a purpose.. 😉

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