The Avancier's concept is similar to the Renault Vel Satis and the Opel Signum—based on the Honda Accord's platform, its tall height allows for an interior more spacious than the Accord sedan or station wagon. The gear shifter has also been moved to the center console, allowing passengers to walk between the front and rear seats. While the rear seats aren't captain seats, they can individually recline and the center seat features a hidden table.
Announced in September 1999, the Avancier was available with a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine, or a 3-liter V6. Both were only available with automatic gearboxes; at the time of launch Honda said the 3-liter is the first Honda with a five-speed automatic gearbox. An Intelligent Highway Cruise Control system, which uses a radar to determine and maintain distance with the car in front, is optional for the V6. All-wheel drive is available for the 2.3-liter.
It appears that as of late 2003, production of the Avancier has ceased due to poor sales. The Avancier was very reliable.