2024 Honda Prologue Just Misses 300-Mile Mark

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  • Pricing Starts at $48,798
  • At dealerships in March
2024 Honda Prologue Elite./Honda

Honda’s first all-electric crossover, the midsize Prologue SUV, barely misses the automaker’s earlier estimate of a 300-mile range rating. Just-released official EPA numbers place single-motor Prologue models at 296 miles and more powerful dual-motor, all-wheel drive versions at 273 to 281 miles, depending on trim level.

A miss of just four miles isn’t much, but it denies Honda the ability to boast about a 300-mile EV. Still, the automaker is claiming “best in class” range for the base trim of its new EV, which is slated to begin showing up in dealerships in March. Best-in-class, though, depends on how the class is defined.

There are a number of midsize electric SUVs but only a few in the Prologue’s price range – most, like the Cadillac Lyriq, are priced higher and classed as luxury models. The Prologue, with pricing ranging from almost $49,000 to just over $59,000, is more mainstream.

Its likeliest midsize competitor will be the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV, with which it shares a platform under a co-development deal with GM. And Chevy says the Blazer EV will have at least one trim with an EPA range rating in excess of 300 miles. But the Blazer EV has been on a sales hiatus since late-December, when GM called a sales halt while its fixes some troubling software glitches.

(The 2024 Prologue also shares its platform with its corporate cousin, the 2024 Acura ZDX, thanks to the GM deal.)

Consumers also have a number of largish “small,” or compact, electric SUVs to chose among and several, like the new Nissan Aryia, have versions that exceed 300 miles.

2024 Honda Prologue Prices, Trims

There will be three 2024 Honda Prologue trim levels with the EX and Touring trims available with either single-motor, rear-drive or dual-motor, all-wheel drive powertrains and versions and the top-of-the-line Elite available only with all-wheel drive.

The base EX trim with a single motor driving the front wheels. It starts at $48,795 – including Honda’s mandatory $1,395 destination fee – and is EPA-rated at 296 miles of range. Adding a second motor on the rear axle to add electronic all-wheel drive boosts the starting price to $51,795 and drops the range rating to 281 miles. Standard equipment (the full list isn’t yet available) includes 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, wireless phone charger and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a Google built-in operating system or the infotainment center.

Moving up to the Touring trim – $53,095 with single-motor power train and $56,095 with the dual-motor, all-wheel drive system – adds goodies such as a 12-speaker Bose premium sound system, leather upholstery a driver seat memory system, auto dimming rear view mirror, panoramic sunroof, hands-free powered tailgate, and front and rear parking assist.

The line-topping Elite trim, available only with the dual-motor, AWD powertrain, starts at $59,295. It adds to the Touring’s standard equipment with premium features including 21-inch wheels,ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a Sport driving mode and a color head-up display. The Elite trim’s bigger wheels and tires cost a bit of range, however, amd it dropped to 273 miles in the EPA ratings.

All Prologue EV trims also get the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver assistance technologies, including Honda’s first applications of automated rear cross traffic emergency braking, rear pedestrian alert and blind zone steering assist. Other features include front collision and road departure mitigation, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Prologue Power, Battery and Charging

All Prologue trims get an 85 kilowatt-hour battery pack. Single-motor trims are rated at 212 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque while the dual-motors trims jump to 288 hp and 333 lb.ft.

Honda says the Prologue will be able to charge at fast-charge stations at a rate of up to 155 kilowatts an hour. That should be good for a sub 30-minute session to bring a 90% depleted battery back up to 80% of capacity. Th automaker said the Prologue can take on enough juice to regain 65 miles of range in just under 10 minutes when fast-charging at peak capacity.

Public charging stations- there are thousands of them – can be accessed and charging paid for in a single “plug and charge” step via the Honda Link app, and Honda has signed a deal with two large public charging networks to allow Prologue owners to access and pay at EVgo and Electrify America DC fast charging stations. Honda also has said that its 2024 Honda- and Acura-brand EVs will be able to use the Tesla Supercharger network.

Additionally, 2024 Honda Prologue EV buyers will get their choice of:

  • A $750 public charging credit,
  • An 11.5-kilowatt Level 2 home charging station plus a $500 installation credit and a $100 public charging credit, all through Honda Home Electrification (HHE), or,
  • A 7.6 kW portable Level 2 charging kit, a $250 installation credit (in case a new circuit is needed for the portable unit) and a $300 public charging credit, also via HHE.