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Old 16 Apr 2011, 02:46 am
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Default Toyota Celica vs Honda Prelude?

Looking to get a car. Sold my 1996 Cadillac STS due to the price of gas. I'm now looking for a sporty looking 2 door 4 cylinder car. I've narrowed my options down to the 1992-1996 Honda Prelude and 1994-1998 Toyota Celica because of their good reliability, sporty looks, good gas mileage, and decent handling. I know a lot about the Prelude and not so much on the Celica. Any knowledge on either would be appreciated. But the most important question is:

Which car is better?

Performance wise?



Fun to drive?

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Old 16 Apr 2011, 03:01 am
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i would go with a 96 prelude if you can find one. they have a bit more power and torque, and more fun to drive. they are also very reliable cars. i believe that generation (some cars) had all wheel steering. the high end models did as far as i know. they are very fun to drive!
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Old 16 Apr 2011, 03:16 am
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You should also consider that such a car may be expensive to insure. Check your insurance rates before buying one, for example here -
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Old 16 Apr 2011, 03:31 am
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Which car is better?...Hard questions to answer..Overall i would say the Honda Prelude

Perfomance wise...Honda prelude and Celica come in different models with different engines..Going top of the line Prelude against top of the line Celica..The prelude wins hands down 220hp 220nm torque Vs Toyota Celica 180hp 180Nm torque

Handling..Toyota celica i would say would win this, superstrut suspension is very good and with the Toyota weighing in at 1100kg as opposed to prelude 1300kg it is very nippy around the corners

Reliability..This one is really tough Toyotas a gods of reliability..however the top spec hondas are also very VERY reliable..i would say the Celica would win this..Only just though....

Fun to drive..Again it would depend on what your main purpose is going to be for this..both cars are very fun to drive..The torque from the Honda is very fun..getting pushed back in the seat when vtec hits is very addictive..the 6speed gear box in the top spec Celica matched with its high reving engine is also fun.. If your looking for a car to rev the nutts off..maybe zip around the track..go with the Toyota..If you looking for a car that is outright powerful go with the prelude..

If anything i would go for the DC2 integra type R lol..have fun with the car you pick

Edit: in response to the answer below. The BB6 H22A7 Honda Prelude came stock with 220hp


Found in the Japanese 5th gen Prelude Type-S and SiR S-Spec (BB6). It produces 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) @ 7,200 rpm & 163 ftlbf (221 Nm) @ 6,500 rpm and comes with a red valvecover

Again another Sorce:

I can go on forever. BB6 type s Preludes do come with 220hp search anywhere on the web
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don't feed into the last ANSWER...not all of it is true, at all! it was very exaggerated Honda prelude ever came from the factory with more than 200hp. and that was the last generation Honda prelude. the 98+ Preludes came with 200 hp and 140 lbs of torque. i would still choose the honda anyday!
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Old 16 Apr 2011, 04:01 am
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You should try and get a 5th gen Honda prelude. I own a 2000 Honda Prelude and it's the best 4 cylinder car you can get. It's very reliable as any Honda is and as long as you take care of it then it will last a long time. It's not expensive to maintain, it's just like all other cars. You can do whatever you want to the car and mod it however you want, just make sure you have the money. The 5th gen Honda Preludes are the best car you can have especially the 2000 or 2001 model. They are rare, fast, great handling, VTEC engine, looks better then any sh*tty civic or Integra, 200hp stock, H22a4 engine and are classier then the civics you see every day. I had to drive 2 hours to get mine at the dealership and they are hard to find since they don't make them anymore. When you do find one make sure it's a clean all stock Prelude and you should be fine, you don't want some riced out one with sh*tty mods and a f*cked up engine. Also your car will turn heads because there won't be a lot around your area and you will see a thousand civics to every one Honda Prelude. Also if you do want to get a Celica then get the 2000 GT-S model. It's a good car and can keep up with the 2000 lude but personally I think you should get a lude for looks, rarity, better engine and great handling. The Honda Prelude is truly a drivers car and a lot of fun to drive around. Good luck! Here is mine.

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