1999 Honda Prelude

  • 1999 Honda Prelude Base Coupe

    Base Coupe

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    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
  • 1999 Honda Prelude SH Coupe

    SH Coupe

    • MAX MPG
    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
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1999 Honda Prelude Review

Japanese performance with classic car style.

Reviewed by Automotive on


The 1999 Honda Prelude is a durable well-built vehicle with a lot of power and eye-catching distinctive styling. Introduced in 1979, it was Honda's first sports car on its widely popular Civic platform. The Prelude is aptly named; Honda traditionally used it as a prelude to the automaker’s most state-of-the-art technological developments.

In 1988, the Honda Prelude was the first in its manufacturing line to showcase Honda’s four-wheel steering system – making it the first Honda on the market with enhanced straight-line ability for better control on tight corners. The 1993 Prelude became the first Honda vehicle with a VTEC engine. Honda has continued its tradition of making the Prelude a symbol of things to come with the 1997 Prelude Type SH showcasing ATTS (Active Torque Transfer System).

The Range

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

What's New

The 1999 Honda Prelude's manual transmission gives buyers 200 horsepower compared to the automatic transmission’s 195 horsepower. This extra horsepower boost resulted in some buyer guides liking it more than Acura’s Ferrari, competitor the NSX. It also adds a remote keyless entry system, a mesh-style grill, and some new interior color options.


The 1999 Honda Prelude has a design that will surely turn heads with a unique squared-off body style and unusual headlights. The sporty feel is a selling point to buyers and comes with 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels and all-season tires. The Type SH includes an attractive rear spoiler to accentuate a striking and memorable look.


The 1999 Honda Prelude was the recipient of some harsh criticism for its funky interior. The manufacturer addressed this while revising the sports coupe’s interior design. Regrettably, this answer was perhaps a much too conservative approach to the dashboard and interior layout. The result is an interior design that is practical but rather boring and uneventful. The plastic cup holder is located in a spot that annoyingly disrupts shifting gears.

The 1999 Honda Prelude seats up to four occupants; the front seats offer support without sacrificing roominess, and the upholstery has a velour feel. The backseat can be a little cramped for taller occupants.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Honda Prelude accelerates very well, hugs corners just as well as high performance sports cars, and has excellent handling at slow or high speeds. It is a great ride, a bit heavy on city streets, but amazing on highways.


The 1999 Honda Prelude has four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, and driver and passenger front airbags. Occupant protection was reported as ""significantly better than average,"" according to the Australian government agency testing. There are no available frontal or side crash ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

EPA Fuel Economy

Honda Prelude: 21/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Power
  • Styling
  • Handling
  • Gas mileage

You Won't Like

  • Backseats
  • Limited head room
  • Boring interior
  • Limited cargo space
  • No optional V-6, only four-cylinder engines

Sum Up

Japanese performance with classic car style.

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