ninja on H o n d a s o c i e t y . c o m did trade his 6th gen Accord for a 5th gen Lude. Here's what he had to say:
Prelude vs Accord
Hi everyone. Some of you may remember me, I think I was posting here the first day this board opened up. Anyways, back in April I traded in my 2000 Accord I4 5spd coupe for a 2000 Prelude S. I just wanted to come back and give you guys a pretty accurate and unbiased opinion of the two cars. Read the whole thing, you guys might be surprised...
I don't need to say much here. The Prelude is faster. My best at the track with just an AEM CAI is 15.012 @ 92.12 mph. With H/E, pullies, and a VAFC, friends of mine are pulling 14.4's and 14.3's. See, the problem with this is I've only been to the track twice, and 99% of the time I never actually use the speed of this car.
Both have their ups and downs. Sometimes I had a hard time getting comfortable in my Accord, but I had power seats so usually it was quick to remedy. On the other hand, I have an almost impossible time getting comfortable in my Lude. My right knee feels like it's going to implode because of the strange driving position.
Accords rule. That's all I need to say. I've had my Prelude for 8 months and have had the transmission rebuilt twice, the shocks were defective, car was stalling, rattles, and now my clutch is slipping. I think I've had the car in for service about 12 times, two trips leaving the car at the dealer for two weeks each.
Fun to drive
Well, it all depends on what you want from a car. The Prelude is more fun to drive at it's limits, but the Accord is much more fun to cruise around in. If you like to drive with your friends in the car, don't get a Prelude! My fiance is 5'1", 90lbs, and she can barely fit in the back seat comfortably! Also, the Prelude trunk is miniscule, so I couldn't install my stereo (12" sub, amp, etc). The good thing is the Prelude has a much better stock system than the Accord.
As much as I wanted to love my new Prelude, I don't. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I greatly dislike it. On the other hand, I was never really blown away by my Accord, but compared to the Prelude it never let me down. The transmission was reliable. The car ran smooth. It was relatively comfortable, and cruising was fun. 99% of the time I'm just cruising to and from work, so personally, I'd give the nod to the Accord. However, the Prelude is a sportier ride, and is more modifiable. So if this is very important to you, I'd still give the win to the Accord. Why? If you want a great ride, get an Accord. If you want something fast and sporty, get an Integra Type R, WRX, or something similar. Personally, I'm going to keep my Prelude, because I've already lost money trading for it. But I'll be the first in line to test drive a 2003 Accord, and one of the first to buy a 2004 model (I don't like to buy the first model year after a redesign).
If the Prelude were more reliable, it would be a tie. But the Accord was the highest quality Honda I owned, and the Prelude is the lowest quality Honda I've owned.
Black 2000 Prelude S
- bone stock for now
Prelude vs Accord