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STYLING | 8 out of 10
“strikes a very un-Honda like, somewhat wicked poise”
Kelley Blue Book
“has a cozy cockpit, so everything is close at hand”
A chin prominent enough to make Jay Leno envious
Though the 2009 Honda S2000 has a dated design, the base model stands out for its impressive blend of style and performance, despite the overwhelming additions on the CR.
Cars.com reports other exterior highlights include stylish “high-intensity-discharge headlamps and 17-inch alloy wheels” that come standard on the 2009 Honda S2000. Edmunds lodges the most prominent criticism of the exterior of the 2009 Honda S2000, noting that while the new aerodynamic pieces on the CR “reduce high-speed aerodynamic lift by about 70 percent,” they also “reduce the car’s overall visual appeal by, oh, 79 percent.” Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the exterior styling of the 2009 Honda S2000 is a huge success, and Kelley Blue Book says the Honda S2000 “strikes a very un-Honda like, somewhat wicked poise” that can “resemble an angry cobra about to strike.”
Kelley Blue Book notes that “CR models include an aerodynamic body kit,” along with “lift-reducing front and rear spoilers and a removable aluminum hard top in place of the conventional cloth” version on the standard Honda S2000.
According to the reviewers at Edmunds, the “2009 Honda S2000 is a compact two-seat roadster that’s offered in two trims: standard and CR.” Both trims share the same basic profile, which Cars.com calls a “wedge-shaped profile that stands apart from other roadsters.”
ConsumerGuide approves of the interior layout on the 2009 Honda S2000, claiming that the “S2000 has a cozy cockpit, so everything is close at hand,” and while the “electronic bar-graph tachometer and digital speedometer are not the sports-car norm,” they are “easy to read.” Edmunds chimes in, noting that “nearly all the controls you’ll ever need are mounted within a finger’s extension of the steering wheel.” One of the cooler interior features to find its way into a production car is the “new Peak-Power Indicator” on the 2009 Honda S2000 CR, a feature that Cars.com says will flash “a green light when peak power is reached.” Kelley Blue Book gushes the 2009 Honda S2000’s “interior is full of wonderful surprises,” including a “big red START button on the dash” and “the long center console [that] sits up high, affording you the perfect perch on which to rest your arm.”
The S2000 Honda’s styling remains unchanged for 2009, but it's a favorite among go-fast enthusiasts.