Honda should really dump their US models (exempt for the ugly civic) and replace them with
Accord Type S
More Civic hatch options
but being Honda Australia, it won’t happen.
honda australian management is a J O K E. their like hermits. dont even know whats going on outside of their cave.
‘the Legend’s V6 is the second-most powerful naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine available in Australia, behind the Lexus IS 350′
What about any of the Porsche 911 atmo variants?
Apologies. It should have read V6. Amended now.
Thanks for the tip.
Umm, Nissan 370z puts out 245kW from its 3.7 V6 – let’s try that again.
True Grammar Nazi. Fixed now.
The porche is Flat 6
My boss has a gold one of these. Comfortable to ride in but pretty dull to look at. If they can make the next generation a bit sexy, load it with kit (offer standard features that the Germans want thousands extra for… as in head up display, LED strips, adaptive cruise control, automatic parallel park..) and make it a technological tour de force!
looking at the new civic I’m gonna say there gonna f”"” it up
the rear looks decent. the front, not so much.
Wow, an overpriced Accord Seppo… No wonder so few are sold.
You mention that the Legend looks like it’s 5 years old. The Legend is actually 7 years old – it went on sale in both Japan and North America in 2004. We didn’t get it here in Australia until 2006.
Naturally Aspirated? Is 2011 (2 more months into 2012)and the premium unleaded petrol is approx. $1.60 per litre. This is not going to work!! Why would I have to spend 77k plus ORC for Honda Legend? #*!^#%@( Honda …
Most powerful … so what! Not interested, NO DEAL!!!
Clem clearly it is a car for loaded people. A person who has the capacity of buying a Ferrari will not bother about the insurance costs, running costs, fuel efficiency etc.. Luxury cars are for niche market. Having said that, there are sensible rich people who would factor in these costs and will go for other cars.
You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig…BHO
Honda are discounting these things by more than $10k. Will definitely represent a value second hand buy.
Legend only have 5-speed auto…
The Legend definitely has a six-speed auto. Have a look at Honda’s website:
It got a 6-speed as part of the pre-facelift upgrade in 2008/9.
No, it just got a 6-speed auto this year, as part of a small update, which also included bluetooth and new design 15-spoke wheels.
Interestingly, the other section of Honda Australia website showing 5-speed
But for sure previously it’s only 5-speed auto
Great engine for sure but I’d take the Euro and pocket the change. The styling is obviously to cater for the American market where no doubt they pay way less than $75 grand.
So, for about $2000 extra, you could have a BMW 520i or a Jag XF if you want a luxury large sedan. If you want something more sporty you could get anything from the Lexus IS350 to the HSV Grange for similar money. The Legend is a nice car, but at this price it’s just obsolete. If it was around the $65K mark, it might be a different story.
I think it should be priced around the Calais and G6E and top of the range baurion sorry aurion ( i really shouldn’t pick on the aurion it’s the best car toyota has sold here in 10 yrs ) but I agree with everyone else it is ridiculously priced
Well that’s where the Accord V6L is priced, so it’s hard to have both. Perhaps in the next-gen Accord, they’ll put AWD and more kit in and just drop the Legend.
Honda such a great company and slowly sliding down. Somebody should ring Honda Japan and give them a wake up call. Legend great car but not in 2011.
About $15K over priced!
I will get a Genesis over the Legend if it were made available in Australia…
This car would be a fantastic used car buy at 2-3 years old – it would prob depreciate like buggery – I’m sure you could get a 2 year old one with low kays for sub $50k – pretty cheap for that much car.
Agreed, great buy in a couple of years.
The only thing more shocking than the RRP of the Legend is the resale. Even if you bought a 2 year old one at $40K, know the dealer still made money off you, and a substantial amount.
The biggest problem with the legend is no dealers will keep them in stock. They’re a lovely car, just good luck trying to get a drive in one.
Give me an Accord Euro lux with navigation any day insteas of the Legend.
However my boss has one,and LOVES it.
Accord Euro is terribly underpowered.
should have v6 option like in US
I don’t think the typical Accord/Legend buyers are interested in power.
I have one,and dont find it under powered at all……..
is it just me or does the front look similar to the Hyundai Azera/Grandeur?
I think its the headlights.
The Legend is unsure of what type of car it wants to be. You wouldn’t really buy it for performance. For the same money, an Evo X looks better, goes harder and turns more sharply. A 135i is also well on the cards here. For luxury, the Lexus IS350 is, with the exception of size, nicer in every way.
It should have Acura badging, a V8 and less generic styling to become a serious contender.
Apples and oranges…
It’s unsure whether it’s an apple or orange, and because of that, there are better fruits to choose from.
wow its looks so ugly
For 25g less you can get a fully loaded Aurion with proximity key which will adjust the seat and mirrors the second you open the door
And the Aurion has power rear sunshade too.
Let me know if you ever see anyone under 65 driving one.
Honda who used to be innovative and with a brand equity that put them at the top of the Japanese pile ( pre-Lexus) with great cars, think early civic, Accord, Prelude, Integra has absolutely lost the plot and continues to slide down the pile. Why no decent 4WD, no sports car, nothing premium worth having, no aspiration. Thank god they still male the best motorbikes.
What are their lawn mowers like?
holy cow the U.S. Models suck compared to this!
No mention of 0-100 for a supposed high powered awd saloon review… I spot one of these per year maybe.
Tim, does it predominantly still feel like a FWD car to drive due to the front biased torque split?
I would take a G6E Turbo over one of these. Just as luxurious, similar fuel economy and far far far better performance.
Sounds like a nice car except for the bland looks. Still its not butt ugly like the Mark Latham Special (American Accord).
This is VERY silly money and a BIG ask.
The days of high priced Japanese Luxo std. brands are over
The ONLY way it can work is a special different brand, ie Lexus and Infiniti
Should i phone a friend or ask the audience, a hot looking XF Jaguar or a $30k overpriced Accord?
Great buying 2nd hand though!
Great second hand buying? better buy a Volvo S80. better safety, better look, more powerful engine and AWD!! Down with Honda!
I drove one of these for 3 days. Honda were so keen to “puppy dpg” me they wanted it in my garage for the whole week, but I took it back early.
Honda suffer from years of sitting on their backsides doing what exactly ?
Compare this to a Lexus LS460 which was world car of the year in 2007 and you’ll soon realise that Honda are years behind Lexus. They used to be such a force in the motor vehicle industry, but nowdays the only people left who think they’re any good are the oldies.
35 Sales tells you the market thinks this vehicle is a joke and to those thinking it’ll be a good buy in a couple of years when its down to circa $40K I would ask why ? Really when you look at it hard, that’s about all its worth when its new !!
I would prefer a VW Passat CC V6 for this money… Looks much better, same power, comes with a DSG box & drives better
That’s what I was thinking too. Similar engine size, same power, similar body and $10k less.
as a young boy my dad had an Accord so I’ve been a Honda fan boy all my life but Honda of late makes me want to jump ship altho when this Legend came out I thought it was under rated and I liked its styling but to be honest I too would only buy it as a 2nd hand car
looks like a suzuki kisashi from the back and a tad from the sides, actually….. kisashi looks lots better.
an engine like this in a kisashi for 20 grand less would make a ripper of a car!
Well…Let’s wait for FUGA/INFINITI M37 to come!!!
Honda is dead in Australia. Dead. Pack your bags and leave ASAP please. VISA has expired.
The Skoda Superb V6 4×4 is $20k cheaper yet offers vastly superior practicality and similar performance/dynamics. I know which I’d have…
I saw a legend about a month ago and mistook it for an accord.Therein lies the problem with this legend.
Very little differentiation with the accord especially from the front.
Secondly,I think its obsolete and should have had a completely new model atleast two years back.
Thirdly, if Honda wants to sale 80k luxury cars it come up with a luxury brand like lexus or infinity.
No one in their right mind will spend 80K for a honda.
Honda lost its market common sense,when even the Hyaundai making excellent new generation cars with variable models, fuel efficiency Honda is loosing its supporters as the company & its engineers losing touch with reality even a push button technology is obsolete from such a company rubbish.The legend no change in gear box & steering wheel pretty ordinary very high fuel consumption.We all are reconsidering to be a supporter of Honda if they are not careful about the customers.
Seems to me, no one here has driven one of these cars. I have. I can assure you its worth every cent over a Euro drive or the Accord drive. Add the SHAWD and 226kW and its the best kept secret in town. Ugly? maybe but when your driving this thing on a mountain strip, you certainly dont notice the external looks!
Sensational car althought I accept typically Honda but they are beautifully finished off inside.
So I suggest that before you completely write this car off, at least drive it. It will surprise you.
You could go for the dated Honda Legend OR you could go for the IS350 F Sport for the same money. One is a luxury car. One is trying to be a luxury car.
Which one do you think is ‘trying’ to be a luxury car? Because if you have sat in a new Legend, its just as Luxurious as any IS or even a GS for that matter. Its just that its not very groundbreaking in the new technology department.
It appears to offer a lot for the money to me.the huyndai might have the grill, but it wasn’t first, and it offers superb servicing, unlike, I am sure, the expensive european counterparts. I think for what it has to offer in the marketplace, it is agreat buy, and the reliability would be unsurpassed. Merv
Drove the Legend. Pristine Quality Materials & handling is Superb. Neat Car..
I got one of these cars 2 years ago for $40,000, which included 15,000 for my 6 year old Accord V6 so I paid out $25,000 cash. The car was 3 years old then, and has driven perfectly ever since without a hint of trouble. It is a different car from the Accord and recently I had a ride in a friend’s E-Class Merc…the Merc was brand new and felt far less solid than the Legend. Know a guy with a Legend in the same town and he wouldn’t swap it for an E-Class…he has owned both….
Far too much badge snobbery on here and BMs/Mercs are no longer the cars they were – I had a 5 Series BMW when I lived in the UK and it was a great car, but even the garage owner admitted that the models which followed it were not in the same class for reliability and build quality. As for Lexus, over-priced and Toyota hasn’t exactly covered itself with glory reliability-wise these past few years…
As for comparing the Legend with a Ford…..time to get real I reckon..!!
Personally, I love these cars, and the few I have spoken to that own them do to. The Legend is a car made to be without compromise, hence why there is no model range, whereas the accord offers you the choice of pov-pack or an upmarket car, sure the top-spec accord may be a great car, but it does not receive near the level of attention or refinement that the Legend does. I own a late model Legend, and even at 15 years old she drives just as well as when she was new, does not miss a beat and not a single component that doesn’t work as intended. I’ve noticed many of you are complaining or making remarks about the badge, how it doesn’t come with the reputation of a “Euro”. However, if you really care that much about image, go buy yourself a pair of expensive sunglasses, pretend to pick up subtle notes in wine and go and buy a Vespa.