The luxury car segment has evolved tremendously over the past few decades. Gone are the days where driving an enormous Cadillac was a sign of class. Nowadays, there are many luxury car brands on the market. Whether you want ultimate luxury or just leather-wrapped seating, there is something for you. But there have also been many missteps in the luxury car segment.
Cars like the Infiniti J30 and the Acura Vigor were early inclinations of cars consumers didn’t like. Automakers are constantly on a mission to decide what drivers are looking for, even if it’s incorrect. The luxury car market is also constantly evolving and depreciating, which means that car models can change rapidly. We looked back at some 25 of the most disappointing luxury cars to hit the automotive industry.
25: Acura Vigor
The Acura brand was an important move for Honda and one of the first Japanese luxury brands. But for a flagship sedan, the Vigor didn’t cut the mustard. While the dimensions were okay for the segment, the five-cylinder engine was a bit of a misstep. The competition coming from Lexus was fierce, and buyers connected more to the smaller Acura Legend (via Motor Trend).
Acura is a brand that has never had a centralized focus, and the Vigor was evidence of that. With small car offerings like the Integra and the RSX, Acura didn’t have a serious demeanor like the other luxury brands. When it came to a full-sized flagship sedan, Acura also never had a model that could compete directly with Lexus.