The Acura Vigor was a compact to mid-size car that was sold in Japan and the United States. It was manufactured as both a three-door hatchback and a four-door sedan. It is a front-engine, front-wheel drive luxury car that can seat five. The four-door model offers the traditional comforts of a sedan and 14-cubic-feet of trunk space, making it appropriate for small families, while the sportier three-door hatchback is more appropriate for couples without children.
First introduced in 1981, the Acura Vigor evolved over time. Traditionally, the car can be broken into three distinct generational periods based upon its body type and engine. The first generation, from 1981 to 1985, featured a 1.8-liter engine with 100 horsepower. The second, from 1986 to 1989, featured a 1.8- or 2.0-liter engine, with the 2.0-liter engine producing 120 horsepower. The third version, produced from 1990-1995, features a 2.5-liter engine capable of producing 176 horsepower.
The first generation is available as either a four-door sedan or a three-door hatchback, while the second generation is only available as a four-door sedan. The third generation was designed as a four-door B" Pillar hardtop. All Acura Vigor models were available with either four-speed automatic transmission or five-speed manual transmissions. Fuel economy for third generation Acura Vigor is 18 mpg/city and 24 mpg/highway.
The Honda Vigor was assembled in Sayama, Saitama, Japan and also sold in Japan as the Honda Vigor. Manufactured from 1981 to 1995 and marketed as an upper-market Honda Accord, the Vigor was positioned to compete with the Nissan Laurel and the Toyota Chaser in Japan. In the U.S., the third-generation model was positioned to compete against the BMW 3-Series and the Lexus ES-300. While sales in the 1980s were generally favorable, the Acura Vigor was redesigned in 1986 to boost lagging sales. It underwent a second redesign in 1990 in an attempt to reposition the car on the luxury market, but poor sales and reviews led Acura to discontinue production in 1994 in the U.S. and 1995 in Japan.
Third generation Acura Vigor models dating from 1992 to 1994 are most commonly found in the U.S. With anti-lock brakes and good acceleration capacities, the Acura Vigor came in two different models, the LS and GS, with the LS offering all of the standard features, including air conditioning, power locks, power windows and a driver side airbag. For the retro-minded, a cassette player was also standard. The GS was the upper-end model, offering an additional level of comfort to both driver and passengers, including a driver four-way power seat, leather-trimmed interior, dual power-operated door mirrors, power moon roof and a digital signal processor (DSP) audio system.
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