2001 Honda Prelude User Reviews

2001 Honda Prelude Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 22 reviews

  • Performance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5

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PROS
"power" 11 reviews
"handling" 10 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"interior" 4 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"fwd" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

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Stephen writes:
2001 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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The engine springs to life after about 5000 rpm as the valves take larger breaths of air (yes, in order to have the most fun with this car you basically "drive it like you hate it"...but even during sedate driving around curvy roads, the handling is very good for a car in this class). On the highway, you rarely need to downshift in order to pass slower traffic.

Aside from a new clutch at 50000 miles and periodic brake work, absolutely no surprises when it comes to unscheduled maintenance (my Accord, on the other hand, needed a replacement automatic transmission before 60000 miles, and the alternator died about 10000 miles later while I was on Route 280 near Newark).

Cons

Premium fuel is required (nothing that I would even complain about except for the recent skyrocketing in gasoline prices).

The engine runs well over 3000 rpm at highway speeds in 5th gear (would be nice to have a 6th but I can't complain).

There is not much pizazz in the interior compared to the previous generation (I once had a '96 Prelude Si and the interior design was definitely more attention-getting). But I got the optional imitation carbon fiber trim and it helps a little.

In cold conditions (below 45 degrees F), noticeably more squeaks and groans when stopping and moving from a stop.

Maybe it's just me (or having to drive in NJ/NY) but I find myself in need of brake maintenance every 1-2 years.

Honda discontinued this model and I'm still trying to figure out what to replace it with when that time does finally come around.

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Behold, The Batmobile! — I remember purchasing one of the last available 1996 Preludes (a Milano Red Si)before the next generation arrived (at the time, I really did not care for how the new one looked). Although I loved it, after three years and 80,000 miles I traded it in for a 2000 Accord coupe...which was nice, but not as athletic as the previous car. In August 2001 I found myself adding a 2001 Prelude (base) coupe in Nighthawk Black Pearl after I heard that the 2001 was the last year for this model (I wound up alternating between using it and the Accord because I had to commute a total of 80 miles per day to/from work). I was trying to get it in silver or blue, but did not complain at all when the dealer tracked down a black one. And my opinion about the styling was changed - the tall headlights do look a little menacing in someone else's rearview mirror -- and I almost feel like a certain DC Comics superhero behind the wheel. Consider the credentials of this car, based on a early/mid-1990s Accord platform: a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 200 horsepower (thanks to variable-valve timing derived from Honda's Formula racing technology), a fairly slick 5 speed manual transmission, and steering that almost makes this feel like a rear wheel-drive car. It manages to get anywhere between 24-29 mpg (25 in mixed driving). I certainly don't do clutch/tire-burning launches but I've seen 0-60 mph acceleration times (published in various auto magazines) ranging between 6.9-7.7 seconds. Not too shabby, ehh? I paid this car off in five years, and considered maybe replacing it with something newer and more practical. But after 114,000 miles it is still running nicely, and I get so much fun out of it that I think I'll be holding on to it for awhile longer. If Honda revives this car someday I'll definitely have to check it out.

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Jennifer writes:
2001 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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5

Pros

what is there not to like?

Cons

only five gears

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Preludes Are Awesome — this car was the best car, performance and handling wise, I have ever owned. The only donw fall of it was that the manual transmission only had 5 gears....if it had a sixth gear it would have been better

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Chris writes:
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Revy very nice, comfortable.

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A bit pricy, not the fastest off the line.

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Great — Great car, great style, top speed of 235 km/h ... Reliable sports car. A history of burning oil, had to add oil between oil changes. A bit pricey for what it is, holds it value pretty good. Next car for me is a Hyundai Genesis I think... havent test driven one tho... If your wanting to do 1/4 and racing, this car weights alot, so if you dont plan on gutting it, it wouldnt be my first choice.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Cipriano writes:
2001 Honda Prelude 2 Dr Type SH Coupe Review
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head turning looks, killer performance & handling, one of a kind

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Gas guzzler in VTEC mode, insurance rate

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01 Prelude Sh — Great performance, sick engine, one of a kind car. My insurance has been through the roof (high theft rate car) but SO worth it & she retains value exceptionally well. Car has high visibility & plenty of after market performance parts available.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Alex writes:
2001 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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cost/speed ratio, appearance

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less gas mileage that I would like, but still decent.

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Great Car — Awesome car for the price. I think this is one of the most overlooked Hondas out there. You can find em for 5k-10k ish which isn't bad for a 200 hp car. Decent handling. Reliable, easy to work with. 22-30 mpg. Unique

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Daniel writes:
2001 Honda Prelude 2 Dr Type SH Coupe Review
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Amazing

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N/A

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Prelude — The car rides really smooth. I like the comfort of it. The seats are really comfortable and the engine runs really smooth. I love my car. The engine sounds really nice. I bought it with an exhaust and a wing but took them off . With the muffler it had a really nice sound though.

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Dirtbiker writes:
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4

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Its a fast and reliable car if you are looking for a car to tune and upgrade this is ur car

Cons

I personally feel that front wheel drive is its con

Dirtbiker
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I Am Extremely Impressed By Its Power And Looks — I like this cars power and looks and how I can tune it to my personal driving standards. I also like how it handles on the tarmac. This car is a great car for the price you pay so you can't go wrong.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Ferras writes:
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great for driving and great handling. great view from inside at all angles.

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not a lot of back seat space for very much of anything or anyone.

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Great Bachelor Car Or For Someone With No Kids. — i love that its small and has amazing handling and you can add lots of mods to it. but back seat wont be able to hold anyone of full size unless they sit sideways lol. its just an amazing car though.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kelli writes:
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great handling, sporty for a 4 cylinder, not bad on fuel economy

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nothing

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Bad-frickin-@ss — I love everything about it! It's sexy, a thrill to drive and fun to work on! She is currently under construction..suspension upgrades in the works! She needs some minor body work, but it's gonna get a hellava makeover when the finances are right!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Leo writes:
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Looks good IMO

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Front wheel drive

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Great Performance Toy For It's Price — It drives and handles very well. Even stock, you can have some fun and spin the tires easily. Supped up, it can be a naturally aspirated beast compared to other front wheel drives, a turbo just makes it plain scary. Nitrous is not a very good option unless your serious about dragging. Mine doesn't do too well on gas mileage, with a fuel system upgrade. I would also suggest an Apexi Super-Neo on-board piggyback computer.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Reviews From Other Years

2000 Honda Prelude Reviews

Sporty And Nice By tony95301

This car is fun to drive i have had it for 4 years and the only down side is that it takes premium fuel. The car runs smooth and is reliable. If you want a car with great handling and a sporty look th... Read More

Reliable And Quick But Not Fast Enough To Break Itself , Good Buy By Zachary

Over all this car is pretty nice it never breaks and it looks like a very sharp car as well, its 200 hp 2.2 l vtec is pretty quick but you have to wait till 5000 rpms before its fast could have used a... Read More

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1999 Honda Prelude Reviews

Fun And Fast By photofinishstudio

I will miss my little fun car that I just sold. It was very quick and easy to maneuver and park. A sharp looker that all the young people love. Just got tired of squeezing laundry bags in and out off... Read More

Wow It Looks Nice. By tsupra411

Overall stay away from the Honda Prelude unless you really have alot of engine experience and dont mind expensive, hard to install parts mainly due to engine clutter. Trust me reviewers on here have a... Read More

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1998 Honda Prelude Reviews

Loved Mine For Over 2 Years! By Jonathan

This is a great car! It was my first car that I got in high school and has served me very well and needed minimal maintenance! Sad to see it go, but I got a new Honda that needs my attention! Read More

An Experience! By Ryan

I love the engine (DOHC VTEC kicks hard), the suspension, looks, build quality, and features. The Sportshift transmission is fun, but fragile as glass and unreliable without strict maintenance.. M... Read More

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1997 Honda Prelude Reviews

When Is Honda Going To Make Another Prelude?! By kcondosta

I love this car! Such a reliable, fun car. The 4 cylinder, vtec is just enough power for a little car. If Honda would start making this again, I would be the first in line to purchase the Prelude!!... Read More

1997 Honda Prelude By HBreck

Owned from March 2003 to April 2005. This was my second car, purchased as a replacement for my '88 Prelude which was wrecked after 3 months of ownership. Overall it was very reliable. Had to replace ... Read More

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1996 Honda Prelude Reviews

Nice To Drive, Not Fast But Has A Nice Kick....not For Everyone By Paul

like the styling (always have)...but hate honda transmissions and brake systems. isnt easy to work on being that every thing under the hood is so freakin close together...but with a little patience it... Read More

A Snake On Wheels By Mat

blue fast low and loud. she was a boomin bass queen before she tore up the track. due to my inexperienced hands she was on the fritz alot but that would be diff these days. one day i will have another... Read More

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