2005 Honda S2000

  • 2005 Honda S2000 Base Roadster Convertible

    Base Roadster Convertible

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2005 Honda S2000 Review

High fuel economy rating for its class makes this a great sports car choice for anyone.

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The 2005 Honda S2000 gets a couple of new features dealing mostly with looks and lighting. With regard to exterior features, Honda keeps it fairly simple. The exterior features really add to the sporty look to the vehicle with a standard soft top and optional hard top. Interior features aim to please with a good stereo system, comfortable seating, and a stylish design. Performance is great for this type of vehicle almost completely matching the power of the Porsche Boxster and the size of the Mazda Miata.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 2.2-liter inline four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Honda S2000

What's New

The 2005 Honda S2000 Convertible gets a new softer bumper and new triple-beam HID headlight.


The 2005 Honda S2000 convertible comes in seven colors. The exterior features include an aluminum hood, power soft top, integrated roll bars, rear glass window, body color impact absorbing bumpers, power mirrors, high-intensity discharge headlights, LED taillights, and intermittent windshield wipers. The S2000 comes with lightweight 17-inch aluminum front wheels and 17-inch aluminum rear wheels. Exterior options for the Honda S2000 include a dealer installed removable hard-top and rear spoiler. The Honda S2000 comes with a dual-outlet exhaust system. The S2000 comes with an inside mounted spare tire with a steel spare wheel. Trunk space is fair with a volume of five cubic feet. Overall, this is a good looking car, which is quite noticeable on the road especially with the sound of the engine drawing attention.


The 2005 Honda S2000 convertible interior features include leather bucket seats with driver four-way manual adjustment, center console with locking storage and two beverage holders, floor mats, aluminum pedals, leather-wrapped steering wheel, engine start button, immobilizer theft-deterrent system, digital instrumentation with tachometer, clock, odometer and two trip meters, gauges with fuel and coolant temperature, indicators with low oil and fuel, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry system with trunk release, cruise control, air-conditioning with micron air filtration system, rear window defroster, 12-volt power outlet, map lights, aluminum leather trimmed shift knob, and aero wind screen. The four-speaker audio system includes an AM/FM stereo with a CD player including XM radio pre-wiring and remote controls. The S2000 seats two as most convertibles do. The interior of the vehicle does great at providing the sporty feel to the S2000.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Honda S2000 comes with a 2.2-liter, double overhead cam, MPFI 16-valve, VTEC inline four-cylinder engine, which is rated at 240 horsepower at 7800 rpms, which provides 162 lb-ft of torque at 6500 rpms. The transmission is a six-speed manual with overdrive and short-throw direct shift linkage. A torque-sensing limited-slip differential is also included. The vehicle is rear drive, which may be problematic in harsh weather such as snow. This tends to make rear drive vehicles nearly impossible to maneuver easily. The Honda S2000 includes an independent in-wheel double wishbone front and rear suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bars. The S2000 has power rack and pinion steering and power ventilated front brakes and solid rear disc brakes. The S2000 has a fuel tank capacity of approximately 13.2 gallons. The maximum alternator capacity in amps is 105. Total cooling system capacity is eight quarts. Many vehicle enthusiasts will be pleased with the power of the S2000 in comparison to other sports cars of the year.


The 2005 Honda S2000 earned five out of five stars for driver side impact and rollover crash test ratings and four stars for driver front and passenger front impact crash test ratings. Passenger side impact ratings were not tested. The Honda S2000 comes with the standard anti-lock braking system and includes driver and passenger airbags, three-point seat belts with automatic tensioning system, an emergency trunk opener, side-impact door beams, and a dual spiral horn.

EPA Fuel Economy

Honda S2000: 17/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Power
  • Simplicity
  • Performance

You Won't Like

  • Rear drive

Sum Up

High fuel economy rating for its class makes this a great sports car choice for anyone.

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