The Honda Prelude is a sporty coupe that comfortably seats four people. Following its successful American launch of the Civic and Accord models, Honda introduced the Prelude in 1979. Since its debut, the Prelude has represented Honda's efforts to present its top technology in a sleek, sophisticated vehicle. The last Prelude left the assembly line in the 2001 model year. It was available with four-speed automatic transmission and five-speed manual transmission, both with overdrive.
The Prelude is appreciated for its sassy acceleration in its price category. The 2001 model boasts horsepower in the 195 range. Concurrent with other Preludes since 1993, this model is equipped with Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC). It also has a front engine, front-wheel drive layout. The EPA rated the 2001 Prelude's fuel consumption at 22 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on highways. Since the first model year, all Preludes have been designed and manufactured in Japan.
The first Prelude that appeared in showrooms in 1979 was not substantially different in appearance from an Accord. Although it was smaller, the Prelude featured a dashboard that tended to confound its drivers. What could not be argued, however, was its independent suspension, grip of the road and entertaining ride. The Prelude acquired a fan base that only expanded after substantial improvements were made to the 1983 model. That vehicle was longer, faster and better appointed than its predecessors. Thanks to its 12-valve, four-cylinder engine, the 1983 Prelude achieved hp in the 100 range. Subsequent generations became substantially faster, as well as more luxurious. Its styling became considerably sportier and less boxy. The Prelude consistently outpaced other Honda offerings in technological advances.
At 178 inches long and 69 inches wide, the 2001 Prelude is one of largest models ever produced. Like other models in recent history, it featured a double wishbone suspension on all of its corners. The Prelude follows other Honda cars in terms of its strong reliability record. Some models feature the Active Torque Transfer System (ATTS), making the Prelude especially nimble in turning corners and accelerating on straightaways.
The Prelude won admiration from top industry publications, such as Car and Driver, which listed the automobile on its Ten Best list ten times throughout its production history. Automobile magazine named the Prelude as the Best Coupe for 1999. The Prelude was designated as a Best Buy in 1998, 1999 and 2000 by Consumer Guide Automotive. It continues to be a favorite among car enthusiasts and enjoys comparatively strong resale value.
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