Honda Saber

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Honda Saber 2000 by Levarov, CC BY-SA 3.0, Cropped from original.

The Honda Saber is a vehicle that has gone through many changes over its lifespan, lasting from 1995 to 2003. The Saber actually evolved from the Honda Vigor, a vehicle that was officially in production from 1989 to 1995. In Japan, the base vehicle actually went by several different names depending on the retail channel in which it was being marketed. Honda Verno and Honda Clio stores carried the Vigor/Saber, the vehicle whose design was based on the concepts created for the chassis of the Honda Accord.

The Saber actually came into its own when the Honda Inspire of 1995 was updated for its second-generation model. At this point, the platform was the same as those used for the Honda Legend. However, the vehicle was exported to the United States with a nameplate change to the Saber. Still, the ever-morphing Saber did not remain untouched for long. It continued to be exported by the manufacturer with slight changes that also came with a new namesake. The platform was kept intact while the engine was shifted to a 2.5-liter, straight five. At this point, buyers knew the vehicle as the Acura TL. Officially, this model remained in production from 1995 until 2002.

When the Saber and Inspire vehicles were being manufactured in the United States, all production took place at Marysville Auto Plant, a factory owned and operated by Honda in Ohio. Later generations of the Inspire also spawned many other popular Honda vehicles that are still on the roads today. Its fourth generation helped to guide the way towards the latest versions of the Accord as engineers were able to use this platform to introduce their Variable Cylinder Management systems. These cars also paved the way for Japan to introduce many entry-level luxury cars at reasonable prices to U.S. drivers.


All Saber Models