A version of the Vigor was produced and sold in Japan only as the Honda Vigor by Acura's parent company, Honda from 1981 to 1994. In Japan, the initial Honda Vigor was a sportier, upper level trim of the Honda Accord with standard features such as a trip computer, cruise control, power windows, and power steering. Initially in Japan the Vigor was offered as a four-door sedan and a two-door hatchback, but the hatchback was dropped in 1985.
The GS also received passenger-side airbags and color-matched body side moldings. In 1994 in part in an attempt to compete more effectively with the Lexus ES300 the rear seat room was increased and the suspension was softened. Passenger-side airbags were added for both the LS and the GS. The GS also received a standard CD player. Due to continued poor sales the Vigor was discontinued after the 1994 model year.