1995 Honda Prelude
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1995 Honda Prelude Review
Practical but still fun to drive.
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The 1995 Honda Prelude is a sports coupe and was introduced in the Japanese domestic automotive market in 1978. The coupe subsequently found its way to American markets as well. The name refers to the fact that it was Honda’s first sports car based on the popular Accent platform. It is part of the fourth generation, which was introduced in Japan in 1991. This generation, however, came to the United States only after a year.
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.3-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Honda Prelude S, Honda Prelude Si, Honda Prelude VTEC
The 1995 Honda Prelude is no longer available in the Si 4WS trim level. The fourth generation of the coupe is nearing its end, and therefore, there are fewer changes coming up. The only noteworthy change is the addition of air-conditioning as a standard feature for the base model, the S.
The 1995 Honda Prelude and other fourth-generation models is quite different from those of the previous generations. The popup lights from the previous generations are no longer present. It's been replaced by aggressive, slanted, and stylish headlights. The rear fascia has also been worked on for this generation. It is higher and more rounded than that of the previous model. The front fascia is significantly wider than before as well.
The 1995 Honda Prelude does not have much to impress in terms of its interior cabin. The front seats offer just about adequate legroom and headroom for two adults of average stature. Tall passengers may feel a bit cramped, and the rear bench does not even have enough legroom or headroom to accommodate the average adult. At best, it can be used to seat small children. Despite the lack of space, there are some elements that work. The controls up front reflect the trademark Honda style, so every button is placed conveniently and very easily accessible. However, some of the buttons are not placed in its logical order. The warning lights are too far away from the driver’ reach to easily operate while driving. Finally, the instrument gauges are located at the center instead of behind the steering wheel. This makes them difficult for drivers to read without diverting them to glance away from the road.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Honda Prelude S is fitted with a single-cam, 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 135 horsepower. The Si model is fitted with a dual overhead cam, 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 150 horsepower. The VTEC has a dual overhead cam, variable-valve timing, 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine under its hood that delivers 190 horsepower. All three engines offer a great combination of good fuel economy and solid performance. It's surprisingly smooth for four-cylinder engines, and the main difference between these three engines lies in its overall performance. The base engine offers just about adequate performance, while the engine in the Si model gives it a livelier feel. The VTEC model is fitted with the most powerful engine of the lot, and it offers a performance that rivals that of some sports cars.
The 1995 Honda Prelude got five stars for passenger safety and four stars for driver safety during frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Good performance
- Responsive steering
- Stylish looks
You Won't Like
- Cramped cabin
- Confusing controls
Practical but still fun to drive.
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