With the introduction of the Legend, Honda Company renamed its new division, producing luxury cars, into the Acura. The slogan of this division is Precision Crafted Automobiles. This model was offered with one factory installed option, the choice of transmission used, and one trim level. In 1986 sales brochures included the full name of the Legend - Legend Touring Sedan. From the exterior the vehicle was identical to the Japanese V6Zi and was equipped with the same 2.5-liter V6 engine. To comply with American crash standards the body of the American Legend was a bit longer. The multimedia systems included 80W four speaker cassette tape stereo offering the ability to customize equalizer settings. The packages of the American and Japanese Legends were a bit different. American Legend was not equipped with climate control and 100% wool interior, brown upholstery was unavailable in the US, the Sand Gray was offered instead.
The first generation Acura Legend shared its mechanical parts with the Rover 800-series sold under the Sterling brand. The second generation models were the first vehicles offered with navigational system, it was not satellite-based and instead relied on accelerometers. Acura RL replaced The Legend in the North America in 1996.