honda launched the fourth generation of its flagship model, the legend, in 2004 in japan, and it reached other continents in 2005.
the legend went through its biggest makeover in its history by introducing the all-wheel-drive system and its clever technologies. honda put a big effort into the car, even though the results were far under the expectations.
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it looked like a big barge on the road, but the u.s. market was considered a medium-sized vehicle. the sweeping, fluid lines, and narrow front end enhanced the dynamic look of the car. a v-shaped grille with one silver, horizontal slat that supported the h-badge poked ahead like a fist. in the lower bumper, another grille helped to cool the engine and the ac-compressor. in the back, the taillights were installed only on the quarter panels, and if that was good for the u.s. market, in the u.k. or europe was not, since most of its competitors featured wider lights.
the interior was fitted as standard with wood-trims and leather, while the big screen for the infotainment unit was available as an option depending on the market and trim-level. honda didn’t want to go through the pains of various features and fitted the legend with a fixed equipment, depending on the trim-level. there was ample room in the back for two adult passengers, with a center armrest that hosted cup-holders.
unlike the other competitors in that segment, the legend was available with only one engine-transmission configuration. the only option was a 3.5-liter v6 engine, paired to a 5-speed automatic transmission that sent the power to all corners via an intelligent system named sh-awd (super handling all-wheel-drive).