1997 Honda Prelude Consumer Review: Great Handling but not very qu

1997 Honda Prelude Coupe - Consumer Review

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Great Handling but not very quick
By fishboy on


1997 Honda Prelude 2dr Coupe


This car feels like it is on rails going into a turn. It is the best handling car I have ever driven and can do some amazing things even in the rain. The ride is very nice, not jarring. Having driven V8 engined cars exclusively prior to this car I do miss the torque of a strong motor. The 2.2 puts out a lot of power for it's size but that power doesn't come on until 5,000 rpm. It is hard to get a good launch off the line because you either spin the tires or you end up waiting for the rpms to hit the vtec range. Not a great straight line vehicle. The engine is very smooth even up the 8,000 rpm fuel cutoff.

Best Features

Ride, handling, and smooth shifting are hard to beat.

Worst Features

Needs more horsepower to make it more exciting. Could use a telescoping steering column. I'm 6 ft and when I adjust correctly for the pedals the steering wheel is a long stretch. Visibility is only fair (one reason why I got in an accident). Headroom is non- existent for tall people.
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