Honda's 2026 Prelude

We remember the Honda Prelude as a fast coupe from decades ago and cherish it. A concept car that seems ready for production suggests that Honda will bring back the Prelude. It's another two-door coupe, although it may merely be a hybrid. We think its clean style matches a 21st-century Prelude.

We expect it to share components with the Civic and Accord, and Honda promises a fun driving experience. Powertrain and mechanical specifics are scarce. We look forward to hearing more about the restored Prelude as it approaches.

The Prelude, despite its name, is a new Honda model that will replace the Civic and Accord coupes. We predict it for the 2026 model year, although the production model's timeline is unclear.

The 2026 Honda Prelude was estimated to cost $31,000 to $38,000, depending on trim and options.

We're speculating on the Prelude's trim levels and price, but we expect to learn more soon. This cheap sports car will likely compete with the Toyota GR86 and Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Honda has only revealed that the Prelude concept car is hybrid. This suggests it will use a hybrid system like the CR-V, Accord, and 2025 Civic hybrid. The Accord's hybrid arrangement with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine delivers 204 horsepower, but we hope the Prelude has more power given its performance goals. 

As with the Prelude, front-wheel drive is anticipated to be standard, but all-wheel drive is possible. Unfortunately, a manual transmission is unlikely this time.

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