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What’s it Like to Daily Drive a Honda S2000?

Daily driving a sports car has crossed almost everyone’s mind at least once in their life. However, getting to actually do it can be a little tough depending on which sports car you choose.

My 2008 Honda S2000. The day I bought it.

A Lotus Elise, for example, is a pain to get in and out of and the cargo room is minimal. An Audi R8 is bigger and more comfortable, so that might actually suffice day-to-day. The list goes on and on and if you’re going to drive a sports car every day, you need to choose wisely. My personal choice was a Honda S2000.

Finding the perfect car

I picked the Honda S2000 because I always liked the way it looked, even though I’ve never really liked convertibles. Luckily, a hardtop was available for it, so my interest grew stronger as the years went on. When I finally had the funds to be able to afford one, I set my sights on the logistics of not only buying the car but actually being able to live with it every day.

To be sure that I could daily drive it, I rented an S2000 from Turo for a couple of days. I drove it all over the Bay Area and made sure it would fit my lifestyle. I drove a Honda Element at the time, so it would be a pretty big change. To ease my mind, I went down a checklist:

  • It only has one passenger seat; do I usually carry more than one person at a time? 

Nope! Even if I did, we’ll just take their car

  • The S2000 has a really small trunk, do I do Costco runs often?

Negative! I’m single (at the time) and only have to buy food for myself, so no need for a lot of space.

  • It’s a four-cylinder, but it gets terrible mileage (21 mpg combined), would that work for me?

Yup! I only have a 10-minute commute to work.

  • People like to steal Hondas, what if it gets stolen?

That’s what insurance is for, after all, it’s just a car.

After realizing that it could work for me, I hit the car classified websites hard, checking for S2000s every day, and almost every hour. Lo and behold, the perfect one showed up: a Laguna Blue 2008 Honda S2000 with only 49,000 miles on the clock.

However, the car was in Southern California and I was in Northern California. No worries, a quick phone call to the dealer and a $500 deposit led me to get on a plane the next week to buy the car. Everything went smooth and in no time I was heading home on Interstate 5 in my new-to-me Honda S2000. The car felt brand new.

2008 Honda S2000

What it’s like day-to-day

Driving an S2000 every day is not as bad as you would think. Yes, the car is loud on the highway due to the wind noise and the fact that it sits at 4,000 rpm when cruising normally, but I got used to it and I even bought a hardtop. Also, since I bought a 2008 model, the suspension was a little softer than the earlier S2000s as Honda refined the car to be more daily drivable as the production years went on.

Also, since I bought a 2008 model, the suspension was a little softer than the earlier S2000s as Honda refined the car to be more daily drivable as the production years went on.

The gas mileage was pretty bad for my 10-minute commute to work, but as luck would have it, I changed jobs and my commute was extended to 45 minutes, mostly highway. I tracked the mileage at every fill-up and the best I got was 30 mpg average, not too bad. Over the two years that I drove the car every day, I racked up about 30,000 miles. Some of that was from long trips to Southern California and even Las Vegas, once.

Speaking of which, do I recommend driving the car longer than an hour or two? Absolutely not. Yes, the seats are supportive and the ride isn’t that harsh, but the 10-hour drive to Vegas was brutal. I stopped every couple of hours and felt like I had to do a yoga session every time just to get my back straight.

Yes, I do take the S2000 to the track sometimes.

Do I recommend it?

Definitely, yes! If you want to drive an S2000, or any other sports car that works for your lifestyle, do it! Aside from regular commuting, there’s nothing better than taking every turn and freeway onramp like you’re Ayrton Senna. After all, life’s too short to drive a Honda Element every day.