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Convertible
2 Seats
21 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 4 reviews

The Good

  • All-out performance
  • RWD handling prowess
  • Braking operation
  • Stability

The Bad

  • Ride comfort
  • Engine noise
  • Snug cockpit
  • Minimal cargo space
  • Tamer responses at low rpm

What to Know

about the 2009 Honda S2000
  • Track-ready S2000 CR
  • 237-hp, 2.2-liter four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual
  • High-revving operation
  • Available aluminum hardtop
  • RWD layout

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2009 Honda S2000 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Honda’s high-performance S2000 two-seat roadster has gone almost 10 years without a complete redesign. Honda spiced things up last year, however, with a new track-ready package called the S2000 CR. CR stands for “club racer,” and the trim continues into 2009. The S2000 competes with other two-seat roadsters, including the Pontiac Solstice GXP, BMW Z4 and Audi TT.

(Skip to details on the: S2000 Club Racer)

New for 2009
There are no significant changes for 2009.

Exterior
The S2000 has a wedge-shaped profile that stands apart from other roadsters. It’s built on a 94.5-inch wheelbase and measures 162.7 inches long overall.

  • High-intensity-discharge headlamps
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Power-operated top has glass rear window with defroster
  • Molded top cover included; body-colored hardtop available
  • Integrated roll bars sit behind the seats
  • A clear acrylic wind deflector mounts between the bars and helps reduce turbulence

Interior
The S2000 two-seater comes equipped with body-hugging, leather-trimmed bucket seats. The range of driving positions is limited because the steering wheel doesn’t adjust and the seats must be positioned manually. Storage space is at a premium; there’s a tiny bin between the seats, and the trunk has just 5 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

  • Net door-panel storage pockets
  • Aluminum and leather shift knob
  • Aluminum pedals and aluminum-accented footrest and silver trim accents
  • XM Satellite Radio and headres...

Vehicle Overview
Honda’s high-performance S2000 two-seat roadster has gone almost 10 years without a complete redesign. Honda spiced things up last year, however, with a new track-ready package called the S2000 CR. CR stands for “club racer,” and the trim continues into 2009. The S2000 competes with other two-seat roadsters, including the Pontiac Solstice GXP, BMW Z4 and Audi TT.

(Skip to details on the: S2000 Club Racer)

New for 2009
There are no significant changes for 2009.

Exterior
The S2000 has a wedge-shaped profile that stands apart from other roadsters. It’s built on a 94.5-inch wheelbase and measures 162.7 inches long overall.

  • High-intensity-discharge headlamps
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Power-operated top has glass rear window with defroster
  • Molded top cover included; body-colored hardtop available
  • Integrated roll bars sit behind the seats
  • A clear acrylic wind deflector mounts between the bars and helps reduce turbulence

Interior
The S2000 two-seater comes equipped with body-hugging, leather-trimmed bucket seats. The range of driving positions is limited because the steering wheel doesn’t adjust and the seats must be positioned manually. Storage space is at a premium; there’s a tiny bin between the seats, and the trunk has just 5 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

  • Net door-panel storage pockets
  • Aluminum and leather shift knob
  • Aluminum pedals and aluminum-accented footrest and silver trim accents
  • XM Satellite Radio and headrest speakers available

Under the Hood
Honda’s high-revving four-cylinder redlines near 8,000 rpm.

  • 237-hp, 2.2-liter four-cylinder with 162 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • 49/51 weight distribution

Safety
Safety features include:

  • All-disc antilock brakes with brake assist
  • Dual front airbags; no side-impact airbags
  • Electronic stability system

S2000 Club Racer
The S2000 CR enhances the S2000’s already-racecar feeling, as it comes with a specially tuned suspension, added chassis bracing and a removable hardtop to increase chassis rigidity. The S2000 CR has functional aerodynamic front and rear spoilers to increase downforce at high speeds.
Club Racer features include:

  • Sport-tuned muffler, but there are no differences in power ratings between the base S2000 and the CR
  • No radio and air conditioning, to save weight, though those amenities can be added
  • Peak-Power Indicator that flashes a green light when peak power is reached
  • 51 pounds lighter than the regular S2000 with hardtop on, 99 pounds lighter without it
  • More-aggressive tires, wider rear tires
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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
4 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(3.5)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

Get one!

by Bjrich01 from San Antonio on March 18, 2017

This is one of the best sports cars I've ever owned/driven. Wish I had kept it (baby on way). If you can get one that hasn't been thrashed or modded too much, get it. And hold on to it. I think they'... Read full review

(5.0)

Certainly one of the most reliable cars I have own

by La Bomba from Garden City NY on January 30, 2012

Excellent quality in construction. In the 11 years I have owned the car, I have never had a single problem. Absolutely one of the best handling vehicles I have driven. Read full review

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The 2009 Honda S2000 currently has 0 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S2000 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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