From the November 1996 issue of Car and Driver.
Honda’s Prelude has suffered from a touch of split-personality disorder these past few years. Despite its undisputed appeal—particularly the VTEC-engined model—the Prelude has had to endure styling better suited to the twenty-something crowd combined with a price more appropriate to boomers with trust funds.
Add the recent sales trend of moving away from coupes to sport-utility vehicles and minivans, and you can see that the prognosis has not been great—even for a car good enough to garner three 10Best awards in a row. Last year, Honda sold 12,517 Preludes, down from 15,467 the year before. Compare those figures with sales of 36,040 Preludes in 1992 and annual volumes of more than double that from 1985 through 1987, and a precipitous sales slide is evident.
There isn’t much Honda can do to dissuade customers from…