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1996 Honda Prelude

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1996 S 2dr Coupe
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Price:   -  From $19,960
1996 Si 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $22,655
1996 VTEC 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $25,880


It's no secret that the market for sport coupes has been shrinking. The combination of high insurance costs and America's dizzying love affair with sport-utility vehicles has taken the starch out of sporty car sales, and a number of manufacturers are re-examining their product priorities relative to this once-healthy segment. Honda is one such manufacturer, and the Honda Prelude is the car that's imperiled as a result. Originally introduced in 1979, the Prelude has gone through five evolutions, the most recent--and dramatic--coming along in 1991 for the 1992 model year. The latest redesign transformed the Prelude from a pleasant, but rather tepid, compact that was easily outperformed by Honda's smaller CRX-Si, to one of the stars of its class. The Prelude's handling set new standards for front-drive cars in its price/size category, and when the 190-hp VTEC version came along for 1993, it offered performance that rivalled the Nissan 300ZX. To see how the latest Prelude was holding up versus competing makes that have undergone more recent makeovers--the Eagle Talon/Mitsubishi Eclipse twins, for example--we checked out a '96 Prelude Si, which falls in the middle of the model range.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.2L I-4 / 135 HP / 142 ft.lbs.
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: 4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 29 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Not Available
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.2L I-4 / 135 HP / 142 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 29 / 26 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
15.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
174.8 "
Exterior Width
69.5 "
Exterior Height
50.8 "
Front Headroom
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
Wheel Base
100 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver Front-impact
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
Accessories Months

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