Honda Legend

Honda Legend Review: “It runs like a European car even if it has American specifications” by Yoichi Moroboshi

The fifth generation Legend is equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine. It was released with only a single grade.

The power unit equipped to the New Legend uses a system called SH-AWD with three motors; a front motor and two rear motors on its 3.5L engine. It releases a maximum output and a maximum torque of 382hp and 47.2kgm.

That degree of power is astounding. If you take its start acceleration to full throttle, it can reach the maximum speed in a blink of an eye. I am highlighting its stability that does not affect its straight-line running stability. The SH-AWD accelerates while it is delicately regulating the torque distribution of the left and right rears so it improves its straight-line running stability. Its older model had a weak reliability when driven in straight lines. However, the new model holds an incredible stability.

It also has excellent handling. You can maneuver the car according to how you would like it to by simply steering the wheel; you can do all this while considering the corner road line. The vehicle obediently follows your steering even when you ease up on the steering wheel or add more pressure to it. I didn’t feel any sensation of the rear tires trying to stay their grip on the road surface. Rather, it felt like they normally followed the lead. Its acceleration and handling makes you feel like you are driving a European car.

Its offers extraordinarily great comfort. The input from its wind noise, flooring and suspension are often suppressed; you will feel its quietness when you ride it. The tire noise that is quite difficult to remove has been skillfully suppressed with the use of the so-called noise reducing aluminum wheels.

There are many new tests conducted, but the AT selector is the one that stands out the most out of it. The AT selector is not a lever-type, rather AT selection is done through a switch in the center console. This is quite difficult to use. Even if you get used to it, it seems difficult to operate it when you are in a position where your left hand is the one that is free. Although there may be no need to frequently change the gear position in America, it would be slightly difficult to use it in Japan as you’ll commonly be required to do quick turns.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★
Interior/Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★

Yoichi Moroboshi | Automotive Journalist
He became a freelance journalist at age 23 after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He has competed in races like the Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is cooking.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)