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Original MSRP: $34,995 - $37,995
MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
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2009 Honda S2000 Interior

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Reviewers find that the S2000's interior cabin is bare, dated and cramped. While many complain about how uncomfortable it is, others assert that it's not meant to be a luxurious vehicle and should be judged based on the intent of its design. As such, buyers should expect its cabin to be geared towards performance, not driver's comfort.

  • "The S2000's driver-oriented interior is designed to be functional in much the same way as a purpose-built racecar with excellent outward visibility and simplicity of controls." -- The Auto Channel
  • "The cabin uses nice materials and doesn't feel cheap." -- CNET
  • "Though there's little in the way of luxuries, materials quality is first-rate." -- Edmunds


Test drivers complain that the S2000's cramped cabin makes for an uncomfortable experience. Its seats definitely aren't cushy enough for everyday use.

  • "OK, so I'm a really tall guy. Still, anyone taller than 6 feet will find the S2000 to be cramped. Anyone carrying extra girth will need the jaws of life to get out from behind the wheel. For me, legroom was the issue. My knees were smacked up beside the steering wheel, which doesn't adjust to accommodate the likes of me." -- Arizona Republic
  • "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
  • "The cockpit is as snug as a racing helmet, and the seats offer superb side bolstering to keep the occupants in place during high-G maneuvers. The CR model's fabric seats with synthetic suede inserts provide even more support..." -- Edmunds
  • "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
  • "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

To keep the S2000's weight down, Honda chose to forgo many of the modern convenience features drivers have come to expect in a new car. Such features, however, can still be added as options. The interior's dated design is also a low point.  

  • 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] 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


With only five cubic feet of cargo volume, the S2000 has little room to haul cargo. Then again, the S2000 is not meant for transporting items, but for being a light-weight street/track machine.

  • "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.  ... Notably, there's a cupholder in the S2000, while there's none in the Boxster." -- MSN
  • "Pack light. Trunk holds a fair number of plastic grocery bags or a couple of day packs. Interior storage modest." -- Consumer Guide
  • "[T]runk space is limited, with room for a couple of decent-size duffels and little more." -- Forbes

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