2000 Honda Prelude

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of the 2000 Honda Prelude. Base trim shown.

2000 Honda Prelude Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Prelude is a front-drive sports coupe that formerly was the sportiest model in Honda’s lineup. But now the Prelude plays second fiddle to the S2000 roadster.

Last redesigned for 1997, Prelude’s main competitors include the Toyota Celica and Mitsubishi Eclipse — cars that are both redesigned for 2000. Sales of the Prelude have been lackluster the past few years, and younger buyers choosing Hondas are opting instead for the less-expensive Civic coupe.

Exterior
Prelude is styled conservatively for a sports coupe, especially compared to the new Toyota Celica, with an upright, angular design and a regular trunk instead of a hatchback. Its overall length of 178 inches is 8 inches longer than the Celica.

Interior
The upright design gives the interior a more open feel than some sports coupes, but the rear seat has only enough room for kids to fit comfortably. The front seats have adequate space for passengers up to 6 feet tall, and the dashboard’s clean, functional design is like that of other Honda models.

Under the Hood
A 200-horsepower, 2.2-liter four-cylinder with variable-valve technology is the only engine, and it teams with a standard five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic. The automatic has SportShift, which allows manual shifting by tipping the gear lever fore or aft.

The Prelude Type SH model adds a feature called an Active Torque Transfer System, which automatically sends more power to the outside front wheel when the car acc...
Vehicle Overview
The Prelude is a front-drive sports coupe that formerly was the sportiest model in Honda’s lineup. But now the Prelude plays second fiddle to the S2000 roadster.

Last redesigned for 1997, Prelude’s main competitors include the Toyota Celica and Mitsubishi Eclipse — cars that are both redesigned for 2000. Sales of the Prelude have been lackluster the past few years, and younger buyers choosing Hondas are opting instead for the less-expensive Civic coupe.

Exterior
Prelude is styled conservatively for a sports coupe, especially compared to the new Toyota Celica, with an upright, angular design and a regular trunk instead of a hatchback. Its overall length of 178 inches is 8 inches longer than the Celica.

Interior
The upright design gives the interior a more open feel than some sports coupes, but the rear seat has only enough room for kids to fit comfortably. The front seats have adequate space for passengers up to 6 feet tall, and the dashboard’s clean, functional design is like that of other Honda models.

Under the Hood
A 200-horsepower, 2.2-liter four-cylinder with variable-valve technology is the only engine, and it teams with a standard five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic. The automatic has SportShift, which allows manual shifting by tipping the gear lever fore or aft.

The Prelude Type SH model adds a feature called an Active Torque Transfer System, which automatically sends more power to the outside front wheel when the car accelerates in a turn to improve cornering ability.

 
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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most reliable car I've owned. Also a sport!

by Preludez Rule from Buffalo, Ny on May 28, 2018

This car over 2 years only required general maintenance, plugs and wires, and brakes. It was fantastically reliable, great to drive, stayed flat in the corners and had 200 horsepower stock as a 2 door... Read full review

(5.0)

Built to Last

by Need4Spd from Herndon, VA on May 21, 2018

You don?t see many of these preludes in stock condition anymore as the young generation loves to modify them. Just keep it maintained in its factory condition, and it will last forever. My preludes ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2000 Honda Prelude currently has 3 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Prelude received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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