- A fresh new look, lots of power, and more luggage space than last year's model.
- Limited headroom. The interior is less exciting than the one found in a 1987 Accord.
The Prelude is totally redesigned for 1997. A base model is available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox, but the top-of-the-line Type SH model, featuring Honda's new Active Torque Transfer System, can only be had as a manual. Both the base and Type SH Preludes feature last year's VTEC engine which produces 195 horsepower for 1997.