1998 Honda Prelude

  • 1998 Honda Prelude Base Coupe

    Base Coupe

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    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
  • 1998 Honda Prelude SH Coupe

    SH Coupe

    • MAX MPG
    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
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1998 Honda Prelude Review

Honda’s testing bed for new gadgets and technology.

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The 1998 Honda Prelude classifies as a sport coupe that frequently gets used as a test bed for new gadgets and gizmos that Honda develops. For example, the 1998 Honda Prelude Type SH incorporates the new active torque transfer system, which attempts to coax the best aspects of front-drive and rear-drive vehicles out of the same vehicle. Even if not heavily advertised, the Prelude frequently incorporates technology that significantly boosts its capabilities. For example, the 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine outputs a surprising 195 horsepower.

The Honda Prelude primarily suits drivers who want the optimal performance that can be coaxed from a fairly small, inexpensive vehicle. As a pure passenger vehicle, the Honda Accord offers more for the same price. The Prelude offers a fun drive for people who like interesting new breakthroughs from Honda.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Honda Prelude, Honda Prelude Type SH

What's New

The 1998 Honda Prelude remains identical to the previous year’s model.


Measuring at 178 inches long, the 1998 Honda Prelude serves as an average-size coupe, particularly compared to many sport coupes. The styling for the Prelude looks unique, with a slightly futuristic flair that seems especially noticeable in the front. The sleek Prelude looks every bit like a high-tech sport coupe. Standard equipment includes a power moonroof, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, and an anti-theft alarm system.


The Honda Prelude includes a good range of features, with air-conditioning, cruise control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, an AM/FM radio, and a CD player as standard equipment. A CD changer and cassette player remains available as optional equipment.

Performance & Handling

The Honda Prelude offers excellent performance, which might surprise some drivers who only give the specification sheet a quick glance. The 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine delivers 195 horsepower, which allows the Prelude to accelerate very quickly and reach a high top speed. The Prelude maneuvers and handles very easily, allowing it to make sharp turns with ease. The 1998 Honda Prelude Type SH further improves on this with some additional technology hidden under the hood. The Prelude doesn’t always focus heavily on all the technology behind it, but it performs far better than its parts suggest.


Dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes come standard on both 1998 Honda Prelude models.

EPA Fuel Economy

Honda Prelude four-speed automatic: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Honda Prelude five-speed manual: 20/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Surprisingly powerful engine
  • Unique appearance
  • Excellent performance

You Won't Like

  • Honda Accord offers a better value

Sum Up

Honda’s testing bed for new gadgets and technology.

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