Background and Identification
The Honda Prelude is a sports car produced by Honda, a Japanese automaker, between 1978 and 2001. The Prelude is a two-door coupé that was based on the Honda Accord over five generations. It features a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout. Honda used the Prelude to introduce Honda Verno, the Japanese Honda retail sales chain. Honda ceased production of the Prelude in 2001 with the introduction of the Honda Integra DC5.
The fifth-generation Honda Prelude was introduced in November 1996 for the 1997 model year. It was released with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. The Prelude was sold in three models for the Canadian market and two models for the U.S. market (the Prelude Base and Type SH). All fifth-generation Honda Prelude models included a 200-horsepower engine. Due to reduced sales of the fourth-generation Honda Prelude, the fifth-generation Prelude returned to the more square body style of the third-generation model. The Prelude was sold in a wide range of models with varying engines and steering. Not every model was sold in all markets.
Honda vehicles are identified by the Honda emblem, which portrays an ‘H’ inside a soft-cornered rectangle. Prelude vehicles also include the Honda Prelude emblem, which includes the name “Prelude” in capital letters. The trim level is often included on the rear of the car, located opposite the Prelude emblem.
- Production: 1996–October 2001
- 4-speed automatic
- 5-speed manual
- Wheelbase: 2,585 mm (102 in)
- Length: 4,520 mm (178 in)
- Width: 1,750 mm (69 in)
- Height: 1,315 mm (52 in)
- Curb weight:
- 1,340 kg (2,954 lb) (Base)
- 1,380 kg (3,042 lb) (SH)
- 1,268 kg (2,795 lb) (vti-R)(au)
- 1,298 kg (2,862 lb) (auto)(jdm/au)
- 1,308 kg (2,883 lb) (ATTS)(au)
- 1,310 kg (2,888 lb) (Type-S)(jdm)