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Despite being a small, lightweight sportscar without side airbags, the 2008 Honda S2000 tests well and is track-ready off the lot.
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Four stars, front impact rating; five stars, side impact rating

“2008 Honda S2000 performed impressively in government crash tests”

“All-disc antilock brakes are standard”

Many sportscars have trouble in crash tests—especially convertibles. Their smaller size, lower ride height, and lightweight roofs can make the occupants inside the vehicle vulnerable in an accident. The 2008 Honda S2000, however, earns an impressive report card for safety from the feds.

Although the IIHS has not had the chance to test any 2008 Honda S2000’s for their crashworthiness, NHTSA did manage to procure a couple to demolish. Their results were, to paraphrase Edmunds reviewers, damn impressive, especially considering the safety features that were and weren’t included on the S2000 Honda. TheCarConnection.com has found that the Honda S2000 earned four out of a possible five stars from NHTSA in the front impact category, while also managing a perfect five stars in the side impact rating.

Edmunds finds this side impact rating for the 2008 Honda S2000 even more impressive because it comes “despite its lack of side airbags.” Cars.com mentions that, unlike with many cars on the road today, “side-impact airbags are not offered,” even as options. Among the included features are “antilock disc brakes and stability control,” both of which are standard, according to Edmunds. ConsumerGuide adds that “dual front airbags” and “brake assist” come standard as well, and in a nod to the Honda S2000’s track-readiness, “roll bars” are included free of charge.

One would expect visibility from within a convertible to be spectacular, and for the most part, that’s true. The only downside to visibility from within the cramped confines of the 2008 Honda S2000, according to ConsumerGuide, is that “top-up visibility is not great over the shoulder,” but they also note that it’s “better than in many rivals.”


Despite being a small, lightweight sportscar without side airbags, the 2008 Honda S2000 tests well and is track-ready off the lot.

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