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2008 Honda S2000 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Honda S2000 was new.

Working against the S2000's favor is a bare, dated, and cramped interior design. The 2008 Honda S2000 receives a mediocre score for its interior cabin. Within the category of affordable sports cars, however, it ranks low.

  • "The S2000's cockpit is basic and businesslike. Only the most essential convenience features are provided, and nearly all the controls you'll ever need are mounted within a finger's extension of the steering wheel." - Edmunds

Seating

Though Honda may have intended for the S2000's two-passenger cabin to be snug, many reviewers still complain that the layout leaves them feeling overly cramped.

  • "The cockpit retains a snug fit better suited for hard runs on back roads than daily commuting. The laterally bolstered seats hold the driver and passenger tightly during aggressive cornering." - Edmunds
  • "Everyone who rode in our test car raved about the bucket seats, which hold you firmly in place during more spirited driving (no surprise there)." - MarketWatch
  • "Polarizing looks aside, about the only area of real complaint is in the car's ergonomics: The driver's seat, lacking height adjustment, feels like it sits too high. And forget adjusting the steering-wheel position - it doesn't." - Road and Track
  • "Shoulder room and elbowroom were increased for 2004, but the range of driving positions is [still] limited because the steering wheel doesn't adjust and the seats must be positioned manually." - Cars.com
  • "Large people have precious little room to spare, so they may find the seats too confining." - Consumer Guide
  • "The seats are also new for the Honda S2000 CR, and they actually look less comfortable than the regular S2000 seats -- which is quite an accomplishment in pain. They are great for track driving, however, with deep bolsters, a grabby fabric, suede inserts and yellow stitching." - Autobytel

Interior Features

Auto writers note that the S2000's cabin lacks many of the standard convenience features found on other cars in its class. Features that are included, however, generally receive good reviews.

  • Says that the 2008 Honda S2000 "is tarnished by its dearth of amenities and aging design." - Edmunds
  • "CR models have no radio and air conditioning to save weight, but those amenities can be added to the car." - Cars.com
  • "Abundant yellow stitching on the [CR's] doors, steering wheel, seats, and shifter...complements yellow woven seat inserts." - Car and Driver
  • "The [CR's] interior enhancements not only give the car a more pleasant feel but improve the car's functionality on the track, the suede-like seats preventing you from sliding around when really hustling the car." - AutoWeek
  • "The [CR's] new upholstery is designed to keep drivers more firmly planted in the seats when motoring enthusiastically." - Forbes
  • "The S2000's instrument cluster would have a high-tech look to it, if this were 1995. It uses orange lights instead of needles to show the engine temperature, fuel level, and tachometer, while the speed is a digital readout. It's an interesting novelty, and it works well enough, but it's time for an update." - CNET
  • The "headrest-mounted speakers are the only way to really hear your music when both the top and the accelerator pedal are down." - Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The S2000 offers five cubic feet of cargo space and comes equipped with a storage compartment in its center console. While such limited space is considered average for the affordable convertible class, it's meager for affordable sports cars - - especially when compared to the Ford Mustang and Mitsubishi Eclipse.

  • "The trunk, with 5 cubic feet of volume, is about average for this class of car." - Edmunds
  • "Pack light. Trunk holds a fair number of plastic grocery bags or a couple of day packs. Interior storage modest." - Consumer Guide
  • "Storage space in the S2000 is at a premium. There's no glove box on the dashboard, though there is a storage spot behind the seatbacks." - MSN
  • "[T]runk space is limited, with room for a couple of decent-size duffels and little more." - Forbes
  • "It won't haul your stuff, but it will keep you happy." - CNET
Review Last Updated: 2/18/09

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