Honda Prelude SH (1999)

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Honda Prelude

1999 Honda Prelude SH

by John Heilig

MODEL . Honda Prelude SH

ENGINE . 2.2-liter DOHC VTEC inline four

HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 200 hp @ 7000 rpm/156 lb-ft @ 5250 rpm

TRANSMISSION . Five-speed manual

FUEL ECONOMY: 22 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, 23.1 mpg test

WHEELBASE . 101.8 in.

LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT . 178.0 x 69.0 x 51.8 in.

CURB WEIGHT . 3042 lbs.

FUEL CAPACITY : 15.9 gal.

LUGGAGE CAPACITY . 8.7 cu. ft.

TIRES : P205/50R16

INSTRUMENTS: Speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, water temperature, digital clock.

EQUIPMENT: Power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, power seats, power sunroof, cruise control, air conditioner, AM-FM stereo radio with in-dash CD player, anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, dual front air bags.


#9;I’ve always admired the Honda Prelude from the first one I drove through this one. They always deliver consistent performance.

#9;Driving a Prelude is like driving a fine mechanical watch. You can almost sense the gears meshing together properly under the hood. Everything is put together the way it’s supposed to be.

It’s a good, quality vehicle and it delivers reasonably good performance.

#9;Now you’re not going to get the same level of performance out of a Prelude as you’d get out of a Mitsubishi 3000GT, but you get very good performance, a fun ride, an easy comfortable drive, and you get your money’s worth if this is the kind of vehicle you’re looking for.

Honda Prelude

#9;As a sports coupe, the Honda Prelude doesn’t offer a great amount of rear seat legroom. As a matter of fact, when we put a normal-sized adult back there for a short ride, he had to sit sideways in order to fit a normal sized adult in the front passenger seat (I wasn’t going back there).

#9;But for two passengers, the Prelude is an excellent vehicle. It’s a fun GT car, and in this case GT means grand touring. It isn’t a sporty or racing car, but it gets you where you want to go and you’ll have fun doing it.

#9;The Prelude is powered by Honda’s 2.2-liter DOHC VTEC inline four-cylinder engine that develops a healthy 200 horsepower. Normally, when you ask an engine this size to deliver 200 horses, you’d expect an overstressed engine. But the Prelude’s VTEC engine feels like the V-6 Accord engine it’s so smooth.

When Honda introduced this model we had an opportunity to drive it through a slalom course and run the engine up to its 7,300 rpm red line. It was comforting to know that the electronics cut out at his revs, reducing the possibility of blowing the engine.

#9;Handling is superb. Again, this isn’t a stiff, GT sporty car, but a comfortable GT touring car. So the double wishbone front and rear suspension, while they offer excellent cornering capability, won’t tempt you to dive into corners lilke an Indy race car. Because you can’t.

But you can still hit the corners a lot quicker than your family Chevy Lumina, for example. This is a car with a sporty suspension if not a sports car suspension.

#9;The engine was connected to a five-speed manual gearbox that had well-spaced ratios and was easy to use. It was not butter soft, nor was is crisp with short, sports-car throws. Again, we’re talking about a sporty car as opposed to a sports car.

For its class, it was fine.

#9;Front passengers sit in individual bucket seats that were velour covered and had a pattern that looked as if it would hide dirt.

#9;Instrumentation was standard with a speedometer, tachometer, fuel and water gauges. We also had goodies like a powered sun roof, cruise control and an excellent sound system.

#9;As in most decent coupes, the rear seat backs folded down to increase luggage space. The trunk itself was a good size for a two-door coupe.

#9;The Prelude is aggressively styled as well. It looks much huskier than it is and gives you a nice aggressive stance on the highway.

#9;While you’re not going to get out and out hard-nosed race car performacne out of the Honda Prelude SH, you’re going to get sporty car performance that is as good or better than anything else in its class. You’ll get it at a reasonable price and you’ll know it’s a good car.

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