Honda Legend Hybrid EX

Honda Legend Review: “It has an elaborate control that allows gentle motoring” by Naoto Shimazaki

The head-up display sequentially displays the system operation of the SH-AWD. Actually, it operated even better than its indicated values, but this is a more “high tech saloon,” with a higher calibre and technology-supported driving, than the previous model.

However, I was really not able to feel that this is a technology-oriented machine. It guaranteed a comfortable drivability as a modest flagship model. The surprisingly impressive and high-tech amplitude sensitive dampers work effectively. It has a precise shock “release,” although it would be better if its low grade angular shock is unnoticeable. (Moreover, it would be better if its four wheels can be more responsive to allow a smoother driving on winding roads.) On the other hand, the stability of its cornering, which does not dishevel your line of sight, was made possible because of its torque vectoring.

Its shifting operation can be done through unique switches; each button has a single function, thus it is easy to get used to it. When the driving condition permits it, the motor quietly drives the rear wheels. The 3.5L variable displacement V6 engine occasionally lets the motor drive, delivering a comfortable ride performance. You can feel that its engine is gently running while driving. When I test drove this model this time, I have confirmed that it has a fuel consumption of 14.5km/L, considering high speed cruising.

Its Krell audio player has a low bass, and it produces a high-quality sound just like a high-end home audio player. While driving, the car’s multi-information display was able to completely produce 100 message patterns, and it precisely displayed the warning signs.

If you manually operate the main part of its glass-made sunshade on top of the back seat, the triangular shade can also be pushed together–this you can do in just one operation. Despite it being a hybrid vehicle, it has a trunk capacity that you expect to see in saloons of this class. Its full seat size and back seats with very comfortable sitting position were also appealing.

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

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)