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Honda Prelude

(1997 - 2001)  Rating

Honda Prelude

The Honda Prelude is an unusual coupe, but it's looks might not suit everyone

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
2.0 16V 133 hp 9.9 l/100km Petrol 9.2 s 201 km/h
2.2 16V 185 hp 10.2 l/100km Petrol 7.5 s 228 km/h
2.2 16V 200 hp 10.6 l/100km Petrol 6.9 s 228 km/h
2.2 VTEC 217 hp ? Petrol ? ?

Body type Coupe
Number of doors 2
Number of seats 4
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 545 mm
Width 1 750 mm
Height 1 315 mm
Wheelbase 2 585 mm
Ground clearance 140 mm
Weight (normal) 1 346 kg
Weight (max) 1 740 kg
Boot space (min) 284 l
Boot space (max) 284 l
Fuel capacity 60 l


   The Honda Prelude was produced between 1997 and 2001. It was available as a coupe.

   The entry level 2.0-liter engine has a sluggish acceleration for a sports car and hefty on fuel consumption. A much better proposition is a 2.2-liter unit. It's fuel consumption is better on view of the performance. Later on it was replaced by an engine of the same displacement, but slightly more powerfull. The 2.2-liter engine developing 217 hp was sold in Japan only. All engines are happily revving and most of the power comes at high revs.

   The Honda Prelude drives well, but ride is on a hard side. There are various electronic aids to keep you out of trouble. Steering is sharp and gives a good feedback, while the car grips hard. The rear wheels are also steering. It aids turning in sharp corners and while parking.

   Engines are civilized, unless you use most of the performance. Noise level is not excessive.

   The Prelude is a cheap coupe in sports cars terms. For a little price you get a decent performance. However it's looks might put many off. Servicing of the Prelude is more expensive than Civic's. However it holds it's value reasonably well as there is a steady demand. Like all Hondas the Preludes are very reliable.

   The Honda Prelude is not the most exciting sports car to spend time in. Dashbord layout is dull and materials used are also uninspiring. At least everything is put together perfectly. There are a number of oddment spaces in the cabin.

   Driver's seat is unusually supportive and and it is easy to find a comfortable position. All-round visibility is excellent too.

   There is plenty of space up front. The rear accommodation is limited though . Otherwise this car can even be considered as practical. Two adults can squeeze in the back only on a short trips. Car's boot will easily take luggage of two occupants.

   It has driver's and passenger's airbags as standard. Brakes are fitted with an anti-lock system. It's technological design should provide a good crash protection. However it was not tested on any official crash tests. Security equipment is rather poor and consists of engine immobilizer only. Deadlocks and alarm are not fitted.

   The Honda Prelude comes with an air conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, and electric sunroof. It has a radio cassette stereo as standard, and you have to pay extra for a CD.


   Advantages: A fine choice of engines, superb handling and Honda's high quality construction.

   Disadvantages: Dull interior finish, doesn't look the performance car that it is.

   Verdict: An unusual coupe that is not for show-offs

   Also consider: Ford Cougar, Mitsubishi Eclipse.


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