Keep in mind the Vigor. Most likely not.
Nobody can recall the Vigor.
This vehicle was manufactured when Honda began to address its unstoppable greatness decline, which may or may not have been influenced by the 1991 passing of company founder Soichiro Honda.
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Acura Vigor Best And Worst Years
Although the Acura Vigor was made from 1981 to 1995, it was only offered for sale in North America from June 1991 to April 1994. Over its three model years, just 43,908 vehicles were sold, with 1994 being the best-selling year. Due to the growing size of the Honda Civic and the absence of a true minivan, the Vigor was canceled.
Acura Vigor of 1993
The Vigor offered in North America was a good vehicle with a potent inline-five engine, several luxuries, and superior Honda construction. The only issue was that people needed to think of a reason to purchase one.
These days, you hardly ever see Vigors, whether in the street or waiting to be consumed by The Crusher. However, I discovered this severely damaged specimen in a self-service junkyard in Northern California a few weeks ago.
Honda always produced high-quality automobiles, but the early 1990s missteps in North America continued to haunt the business. Fortunately, Honda motorbikes and scooters continue to be a huge source of revenue for the corporation (as I witnessed with dramatic effect during my recent trip to Vietnam).
The name isn’t quite Acura, but it’s ACURA VIGOR.
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A sassy moniker would do wonders to distinguish this four-seat sports sedan from the competition. Its style needs to be more vitality.
Rosewood body paint is more akin to the number used for self-denial. Vigor’s sentences do not contain any incantation, tremendous visual radiance, or manifestation of anything other than the claim that modern Japanese vehicles tend to resemble one another.
If you don’t believe us, park a Honda Accord next to an Acura Integra beside a Nissan Maxima, the new Vigor, and an Acura Legend. Glazed eyes will be the outcome.
Yet, these flaws primarily affect how the 1992 Acura Vigor, Honda’s high-end bedfellow, appears.
Its traditional copy’s strong, effective, and unique heart, a five-cylinder engine, beats beneath the sheet metal.
Since Audi is the only other manufacturer with a five-lung engine, Acura views its new engine as the ideal compromise between overworked, buzzy four-cylinders and relatively pricey, even exorbitant V-6 variants.
Some justifications also make sense: Because a V-6 is heavier, the car’s weight distribution is affected. Lower hood lines are made possible by in-line engines, which improve balance by lowering the center of gravity.
Four-cylinder engines can’t produce adequate low-end power. Sixes have more power but less efficient fuel use.
Therein lies Acura’s brilliance: a Vigor’s 176 horsepower comes from an all-aluminum, five-cylinder, in-line engine with four valves per cylinder. That has much more power than the V-6s in the Toyota Camry, Lexus ES250, and Nissan Maxima.
With a base price of $23,265, Vigor sits in Acura’s lineup between the entry-level, four-cylinder Integra ($12,000) and the V-6 Legend ($26,800), which has moved up-market to compete with the mini-Infiniti M30 and the small Lexus.
The Vigor, which offers lower prices, superior performance, and luxury, would reduce demand for the Legend. It might also go the other way, with prospective Vigor owners bemoaning the cost and forking over an additional $3,535 for the more potent and unquestionably prestigious Legend.
Although Vigor’s look could be better than boring, the inside more than makes up for it. Nothing too exciting, of course.
Nonetheless, the lowest LS model comes equipped with all the comforts of a car, including wood accents (though some may object to their satin finish), a driver’s side airbag, and anti-lock brakes. Leather seats, a motorized sunroof, and an audio system with the oddest addition to radio sound since Paul Harvey are included in the snootier GS.
A digital signal processor is what it is called. To make music or the Osgood File appear to emanate from one of six predetermined locations—a nightclub, a house, a broadcast studio, a public hall, an arena, or a church—push a button, and the signal is artificially distorted and mangled.
Hearing President Yeltsin guffaw about Russia’s reformation from the bottom of a rain bucket is amusing for the first thirty seconds. But, unfortunately, only those who enjoy M. C. Hammer rapping from the Crystal Cathedral’s organ pit will find it permanently helpful.
Other interior furnishings are more traditional. A driver’s peripheral vision is permanently attached to the large, white numbers on the black instruments. The seats are comfortable for 150 miles between stretches and support winding routes considerably.
There could be more backseat space. That five-cylinder engine’s longitudinal installation is to blame. The length of the block resulted in a slight reduction in cabin space, and Acura decided to subtract legroom from the back seats rather than the front ones.
The Vigor’s early acceleration and top-end performance while moving should be expected to be substantially better than that of four-cylinder automobiles but slightly below that of most V-6s.
Don’t anticipate a cannonball in motorway traffic, not even with a manual transmission and the sound effects of some pretty intentional snorts forced through twin exhaust pipes. Compared to comparable sports sedans, the throttle response is neither urgent nor immediate. Thus, anticipate a continuous flow rather than an intense rush as the power comes on.
One word of warning: We haven’t driven the Vigor with an automatic transmission and aren’t familiar with how much power it can strangle. If any.
We appreciated the Vigor’s double-wishbone suspension, which was taken from Honda’s Formula One racing program and tweaked for street use. It was crisp enough for high-performance handling but not overly starched, so it felt like breadcrumbs on a pool table. It also straddled both worlds.
Power steering that responds to speed is consistent and delivers accurate data from the front wheels. All front-drive vehicles have torque steer, which is expected, but the twisting and twitching are minimal. The four wheels have large disc brakes, which give mighty stopping power.
In other words, the chassis and its attachments operate smoothly and consistently, like dependable companions, even when we don’t notice.
Acura is known for producing smoothly operating vehicles with unwavering dependability and lengthy mechanical lifespans. Acura has placed top in the J. D. Power customer satisfaction index for the previous four years partly because of this.
Acura Vigor FAQ’s
When was the Acura Vigor produced?
The Honda Vigor, also known as Honda Large in Japan, is a high-end sedan that is descended from the Honda Accord. It was marketed as the Honda Verno dealer network in Japan from 1981 to 1995, and the Acura Vigor from June 1991 (model year 1992) to 1994 in North America.
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Although having a better reputation for durability than their more economical Honda competitors, Acuras are more expensive to fix when something goes wrong. With the right maintenance and attention, Acuras’ quality can attest to the brand’s enduring standards.
Is buying an Acura a good idea?
Because they are well-built and affordable to buy, Acura vehicles are excellent vehicles. They are also less expensive than comparable vehicles from luxury brands with a greater reputation. Are Acuras reliable vehicles? Yes.
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But Acura continues to be associated with dependability, power, and luxury. Acura cars make great first cars if the price tag isn’t a turnoff because they’re reliable everyday drives with minimal ownership costs. Acuras also maintain their value well.
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