The Honda Life is a name used for a variety of kei cars. The first series of this vehicle was built between the years of 1971 and 1974. The Honda Life is mainly marketed in Japan and is rarely marketed elsewhere.
The first generation of the Honda Life was available as a two-door or four-door hatchback and also in a wagon model with three doors. This vehicle was built more for passenger comfort when compared to minicar series previously made by Honda. The wheelbase of this vehicle was approximately 8 centimeters longer than the previous minicar before its time. In order to reduce vibration, the car was built with a balance shaft. The car was quiet and extremely smooth. The Honda Life only had a production life of four years. The Honda Civic became much more popular in Japan as well as internationally, taking much attention away from the Honda Life. When Honda made the decision to discontinue the Life, Honda's production of a passenger kei car ended until 1985. In 1985, Honda introduced the Honda Today. One main reason the Civic was much more popular than the Life was due to its size, making it a much safer car in the event of a collision.
The second generation of the Life brought about a small, front-wheel drive vehicle. It shared many of the same components as the Honda Today. Due to many changing laws, this generation of the vehicle only lasted about one and a half years.The third generation was a response to legislation. The model built in 1998 was much larger than the second generation. The fourth and fifth generations were both generations that were aimed at making the car more appealing to a younger audience. Both of these generations offered features that prove to be high quality and high performance.