A sports coupe released by Honda in 1978, the Prelude enjoyed a considerably long life in production, rolling off the factory lines until 2001. Spanning five generations, this two-door vehicle was loosely inspired by the designs of the Honda Accord. In terms of firsts for Honda, the Prelude is the first vehicle from Honda to offer a power moon roof as standard equipment. This feature quickly became the trademark and calling card of the Prelude. In Japan, the Prelude could be purchased featuring a sliding, metal sunroof. However, a glass top was utilized in models sold in the United States so that drivers could enjoy more headroom.
The Prelude garnished rave reviews from the moment it hit the market. "Car and Driver" magazine placed the Prelude on its Ten Best List ten times between 1984 and 1986. The only complaint to ever come from drivers on a large scale was the fact that a V-6 engine was not available, particularly in the United States.
The fourth generation of the Prelude that was released globally in 1992 marked some distinct changes for this Honda. The pop-up headlights were no longer available. Additionally, the rear end was rounded, and the retracting moon and sun roof now extended outwards rather than retracting into the actual roof. The blue lighting in the vehicle rear was also discontinued in this generation of the Prelude.
The fifth and most recent generation of the Prelude maintains an independent suspension and the option for a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission. The final incarnation of the Prelude saw a return to a square body style that is reminiscent of its third-generation styling. However, drivers still had the choice between the F-series and H-series engines. Several German manufacturing companies have also converted select Preludes in convertibles, particularly first, second, and fourth-generation models.