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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