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2000 Honda Prelude Review
Like an aging athlete with much gusto.
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The 2000 Honda Prelude is a sports coupe with a front-drive configuration that represents the aggressive attitude of the Japanese brand. This is specifically designed for those who want a spirited driving experience. Its last redesign was back in 1997.
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Prelude, Prelude Type SH
The 2000 Honda Prelude is a carryover of the 1999 model year. No changes were made for the new model.
The 2000 Honda Prelude gets a more formal roofline and a conservative overall look compared to its predecessor. The front fascia has been revised, giving it a more rectangular pair of headlights that is similar to some German-made luxury roadsters. Still, auto enthusiasts may find the design a bit quirky. There is also an option to add a rear spoiler.
The design of the 2000 Honda Prelude is also showing its age. Fans will surely feel at home in this model. The cockpit has that familiar intimacy with excellent materials, bucket seats, convenience goodies, and a lot of provisions for comfort. The model is longer than its older siblings, and the car manufacturer has made good use of the additional length to redesign the rear portion of the cabin to add more passenger space. It has a generous trunk space with the seatback I place, and even better cargo space when the seatback is folded down. The instrument panel and the dashboard have features familiar to Honda car fans. It makes use of classic analog gauges distributed nicely across the panel. The higher roofline allows the use of more glass that, in turn, results in a better rearward view. There are also small pockets and bins that occupants may use to stow small items. Other standard issues include air-conditioning, basic radio-CD setup, cruise control, power moonroof, tilting steering wheel, map lights, adjustable height of the driver's seat, and power locks, mirrors, and windows.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Honda Prelude features some fine engineering under its hood. It sports a decent 2.2-liter, 16-valve, four-cylinder engine that gives out 200 horsepower. It also comes standard with a double-wishbone suspension and anti-lock braking system on all corners. It provides a very good driving experience. The VTEC power plant sounds off a very aggressive note when on the higher rev range. It surely growls with some gusto as the needle hits the red line. It has that sound that can make driving enthusiasts smile. Step on the throttle, and it will make you feel like you are driving a machine with a turbocharged engine, especially on the lower rev range. The 2.2-liter engine can bring it from zero to 60 mph in a matter of seven seconds. The five-speed transmission performs smoothly.
The car's rigidity comes obvious when handling difficult corners. The transition is very crisp, while the steering is very precise. The Type SH comes with the Active Torque Transfer System by Honda. The driver needs to be driving a bit more aggressively than usual to feel the difference when ATTS is tapped. It primarily benefits average drivers and not those with race car driving skills. Basically, the driver can point the steering wheel to the desired direction, and it will quickly and sharply respond. The ATTS also gaps the distance between front-drive vehicles and the rear-wheel drive counterparts in terms of handling.
The 2000 Honda Prelude's front drive makes it prone to under steering, as it needs to deal with the weight of the engine while turning it at the same time. The ATTS helps address this problem. It works by transferring the torque to the front wheel on the outer side when handling a corner and also ups its rotational speed. Simply put, the ATTS handles the extra load caused by hard cornering and tries to restore balance.
The 2000 Honda Prelude comes standard with safety features, such as dual airbags, ABS, and side-impact protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Prelude, automatic transmission: 19/24 mpg city/highway
- Good acceleration
- Build quality
- Precise handling
You Won't Like
- Entry to the rear cabin
- Road noise
Like an aging athlete with much gusto.
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