The 2001 Honda Prelude SH had a 2.2-liter, 200-horsepower, in-line four-cylinder engine with 156 foot-pounds of torque. The only available transmission was a five-speed automatic with overdrive. The 2001 Prelude SH got 22 miles per gallon (mpg) for city driving and 27 mpg for highway driving. It had a 16-gallon gas tank.
The standard safety features of the 2001 Honda Prelude SH included power door locks, anti-lock braking system and traction control. It also had driver and passenger airbags.
The standard interior features of the 2001 Honda Prelude SH included power windows, air conditioning, cruise control, stereo system with AM/FM radio and CD player and a sunroof. Big enough to contain four people, the 2001 Prelude SH had head room that averaged around 36 inches, leg room at around 36 inches, shoulder room at around 52 inches and hip room at around 47 inches. The interior upholstery was black cloth.
A two-door coupe, the 2001 Honda Prelude SH had a curb weight of 3,042 pounds, and measured 178 inches in length, 69 inches in width and 52 inches in height. It had a wheelbase of 102 inches and 6 inches of ground clearance. It has rack-and-pinion steering, independent front and rear suspensions, 16-inch alloy wheels and a turning diameter of 37 feet. Available colors for the 2001 Prelude SH were Electron Blue Pearl, Milano Red, Nighthawk Black Pearl, Premium White Pearl and Satin Silver Metallic.
The original manufacturer's suggested retail price for the 2001 Honda Prelude SH was $26,100. As of 2010, the estimated price value range, according to Kelley Blue Book, is around $10,000 to $11,000.
The 2001 Honda Prelude was destined to be the last model-year entry of the sports coupe from automaker Honda. A declining market for sports coupes, coupled with the Prelude's struggle to identify itself as one, compelled Honda to drop the vehicle after its 2001 model year. The vehicle had two trims, the upper-level of the two being the SH or (Type SH).