brand is the luxury vehicle division of Honda Motor and is sold only in the North American market. Founded in 1986, the marque sells luxury, performance and high-performance cars to the U.S., Canada and more recently Mexico and Hong Kong. Acura was the first Japanese luxury brand and has been one of the most successful as well.
The first vehicle introduced in the U.S. was the Acura Legend in 1987 (later called the RL) and that vehicles continues to be seen regularly on the used car market thanks to its reliability and lasting good looks. The smaller, but no less stylish Integra also made a big splash in the market and has been a popular seller since.
Acura's first sports car was the NSX, which was a Honda model in other markets. This mid-ship V6, rear-wheel drive sports car still retains legendary status among sports car enthusiasts and brought in the now-standard VTEC technology, which has propelled Honda and Acura's status in North American eyes as a technology innovator in automotive. When the NSX debuted in 1990, so did the Acura "split A" badge still used today.
Soon, Acura introduced the TL, RSX, MDX, RL, TSX and RDX to the market. These performance luxury sedans, crossovers, and people-movers proved a good choice for the brand going forward. The early 2000s were also when Acura started its design and sales philosophy of including many standards and having few options, thus gaining a reputation for being high-value in comparison to other luxury makes. That persists today and is seen in nearly all of the company's vehicles.
Common vehicles seen on the used car market today include the ILX, TLX, RLX, RDX, and MDX. The TL and ZDX are also often seen.