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1995 Honda Prelude VTEC 8 19.51%
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Old 12-07-2001, 08:52 PM   #1
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1995: Honda Prelude VTEC vs. Toyota MR2 Turbo

I really am torn between these two cars... Please compare them stock for stock, because it'll be a while before I could afford to mod them. But I would have to spring for the newer tail lights on the MR2.

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				Prelude			MR2
General Information
  Model Year			1995			1995    
  Car Type			Coupe  			Coupe   
  Number of Doors			2-Door 			2-Door   
  Seating Capacity			4 passengers  		2 passengers   
  Manufacturer			Honda  			Toyota   
Mileage
  Mileage				20,000 -80,000   		20,000 -80,000    
Price
  Original Price			$25,620   		$29,238    
  Retail Price			$12,700 -$16,600   	$12,915 -$16,815    
  Wholesale Price			$10,745 -$14,045   	$11,005 -$14,305    
Fuel Economy
  City Mileage			22 mpg  			20 mpg   
  Highway Mileage			26 mpg  			27 mpg   
  Fuel Tank Capacity		15.9 gallons  		14.3 gallons   
Safety
  Safety Rating			4   			4    
Reliability
  Reliability Rating		4   			4    
Size
  Interior
    Cargo Capacity			8 cubic ft  		No Data   
    Front Head Room		38 inches  		36.8 inches   
    Rear Head Room			35.1 inches  		No Data   
    Front Leg Room			44.2 inches  		43.4 inches   
    Rear Leg Room			28.1 inches  		No Data   
  Exterior
    Length			174.8 inches  		164.2 inches   
    Width				69.5 inches  		66.9 inches   
    Height			50.8 inches  		48.6 inches   
    Curb Weight			2,932 lbs  		2,888 lbs   
    Wheelbase			100.4 inches	  	94.5 inches   
Technical Specifications
  Horsepower 			190 hp @ 6800 rpm	 	200 hp @ 6000 rpm
  Torque				158 ft-lbs. @ 5500 rpm 	200 ft-lbs. @ 3200 rpm
  Number of Cylinders		4 cylinders  		4 cylinders   
  Displacement			2.2 liters  		2 liters   
  Engine Type			Gasoline  		Gasoline   
  Drive Train			Front-Wheel Drive  	Rear-Wheel Drive   
  Transmission			Manual  			Manual   
  Brakes				All Disc  		All Disc   
Available Features
  Anti-Lock Brakes			Yes  			Yes 
  Driver-Side Airbag		Yes  			Yes
  Passenger-Side Airbag		Yes  			Yes
  Air Conditioning			Yes  			Yes
  Cassette Player			Yes  			Yes
  Cruise Control			Yes  			Yes
  Power Brakes			Yes  			Yes
  Power Door Locks			Yes  			Yes 
  Power Steering			Yes  			Yes
  Power Windows			Yes  			Yes
  Sunroof/Moonroof			Yes  			No (AutoTrader says no, but it has a T-bar roof :rolleyes:)
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Old 12-07-2001, 09:21 PM   #2
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I've always wondered what an MR2 was like. I would take that car just because Preludes are too popular.
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Old 12-07-2001, 10:47 PM   #3
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I'd go with the MR2 also....looks good but unique, more hp, probably weighs less, and its rwd
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Old 12-08-2001, 01:25 AM   #4
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Go with the MR2 turbo. Much more fun, a whole lot faster. You'll have a harder time finding an MR2 but it's worth it because nobody ever sees them. Everyone thinks mine is a Ferrari. The turbos have 200 torque also.
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Old 12-08-2001, 01:27 AM   #5
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Thanks so far, guys.
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The turbos have 200 torque also.
Oh, yeah!! Stupid AutoTrader forgot this; now I have to look it up for the Prelude...
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If you want a MR2-T you should buy a pre-93 model. The ones after are not as good.
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Old 12-08-2001, 10:01 AM   #7
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do you say this because of the suspension changes or is because they got rid of t-vis in 94
a lsd was offered in 93+ cars the tail lights where upgrade in 94
i believe that in 92 the brakes got bigger 93 has a extra exhaust manifold stud which helps with warpage the coil was moved to the inside of the distributor also a little bigger thottle body
i own a 91 and i like it nice cars
you will get more horsepower per upgrade with the mr2 just turn the boost up a little
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I've seen too many MR2's kill Preludes.
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Well I really don't like either but at least the Honda looks better so I choose that one
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when i first saw the MR2, i thought it was a Lotus Espirite. okay to me they look strikingly similar, plus the MR2 has a super car drive train configuration, it will handle better plus it looks alot more sporty and better (like the Espirite). and its got more horsepower, and its TURBO~~ TURBO~~~ nuff said.
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do you say this because of the suspension changes or is because they got rid of t-vis in 94
a lsd was offered in 93+ cars the tail lights where upgrade in 94
i believe that in 92 the brakes got bigger 93 has a extra exhaust manifold stud which helps with warpage the coil was moved to the inside of the distributor also a little bigger thottle body
i own a 91 and i like it nice cars
you will get more horsepower per upgrade with the mr2 just turn the boost up a little
Suspension changes.
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So would your answer change if I was going to mod the suspension?
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I remember it cause the car to snap more easily.
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Even tho i love the prelude i also would go wit Mr2. Cause of the rock solid drivetrain that can handle ridiculous amounts of boost:sun:
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The prelude has around 160 lbs of torque. MR2s come w/ turbos so if you plan on putting money into the engine, you'll get a lot more power than you would from an NA (prelude). Some fairly unexpensive stuff is a blowoff valve, and increase the boost pressure (MR2s can handle up to 18 psi but 16 is recommende). So maybe $500-$600 for this with huge power gains. I'm not sure exact numbers but you could expect at least 35 hp. You could also put in an intercooler, I've seen it place in the trunk. If you're looking at putting an intake on, use tom's air scoops (150 ea.) Its like ram air but behind the drivers side window (kind of hard to explain). Even though only one is necessary, you could put another on the passenger side to help keep the engine cool. Plus just one looks funny. Good luck
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