2001 Honda Prelude 2.2L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Japanese Interpretation of Italian Sports
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2001 Honda Prelude - Consumer Review

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Base Coupe (2.2L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Japanese Interpretation of Italian Sports Car
By silver02m5 on

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2001 Honda Prelude 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

Review

If you are looking for something that follows the "typical Honda" model, then you should look elsewhere. Pretty much everything about this car, from the low roofline, to the seating position, to the engine character screams Italian. All Hondas need to be revved up to make power, but this one is even more extreme. Even the design of the valvetrain, with the valves set into "buckets" in the head is identical to that of an Alfa Romeo. The seats are comfortable and supportive , but be prepared to extend your arms while your legs straddle the wheel if you are over 6 foot. The build quality is excellent, but the low production numbers show in only average reliability (not Honda-typical).

Favorite Features

Great fit and finish, screams at high RPMs, classic Honda interior and instrumentation, great seats, looks great, more reliable than Euro competitors

Suggested Improvements

Only average reliability, 20 MPG on premium-only fuel, actual power feels far below advertised, feels like you are steering from the back seat (like a BMW Z3), tiny back seat
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