2000 Prelude New Car Test Drive
This fifth-generation Honda Prelude is starting to show its age. Completely redesigned for the 1997 model year, its styling no longer cuts an edge in a trendy, fashion-conscious segment and the interior is not state of the art.
But the Honda Prelude remains a top contender among the hot sport coupes. This car a blast for people who enjoy spirited driving. Its twin-can VTEC engine sounds great and revs like there's no tomorrow. The handling this car offers is world class. Roomy, powerful, technically sophisticated, it remains the best Prelude Honda has ever built.
The two primary decisions you need to make when choosing a Prelude are: whether you want the automatic, and whether you want the SH model's high-tech handling setup. Fortunately, you can't make a mistake here because all three are brilliant cars - for different reasons. All come with the 200-horsepower VTEC engine. They all share one level of interior trim, so there are no base or upscale models and there are no options.
Equipped with the 5-speed manual, the Prelude retails for $23,500. With the 4-speed Sequential Sportshift automatic, it retails for $24,500. The Type SH, which comes with Honda's Active Torque Transfer System, goes for $26,000 and is only available with the manual gearbox.