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2007 Honda Element

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2007 Honda Element Review

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Honda designed the Element to appeal to young male buyers. The original concept, in fact, was touted as a "rolling dorm room," designed to appeal to those with active lifestyles and a limited budget. Much to everyone's surprise, the Element not only hit its target audience, it picked up a number of unexpected buyers ranging from single moms to retired couples and everyone in between. The Element is attractive to these folks for a number of reasons. It's economically-sized yet large-cargo friendly, and the rear seats can be folded flat to create a two-person bed (though not a very comfortable one). The Element also gets good gas mileage, even when equipped with the optional four-wheel-drive system.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you love traveling the great outdoors and need a smart, affordable vehicle to transport you and your many pieces of gear without hassle, the Element will work for you.

You May Not Like This Car If...

New-age styling may not appeal to everyone. Also, there is no V6 option, and the Element's four-wheel-drive system is not designed for serious off-road adventuring.

What's Significant About This Car?

The Element gains an additional 10 horsepower and receives side-impact airbags and stability control as standard equipment. The new SC trim makes its debut and features a sport suspension, 18-inch wheels and an upgraded interior. Also new for 2007 is an optional five-speed automatic transmission.

Driving the Element

Driving Impressions The Element's 2.4-liter engine is very smooth for a four-cylinder and quite strong for its size, with a good deal of torque for pulling and passing. The Element will easily...

cruise at 75 mph, and even accelerate up a highway grade in fifth gear. The Element's ride and handling characteristics are much more akin to an Accord sedan than a truck-based SUV.
Once we adjusted to the long dash and squared-off hood, we found it easy to dart in and out of traffic and to take sweeping curves and sharp turns with an easy confidence. The steering and brakes operate with precision and predictable response, returning excellent feedback to the driver under all driving conditions.

Fold Flat Seats
The Element's fold-flat seats can be converted into a bed by removing the headrests and laying the seats flat and flush.

Worry-Free Interior
Waterproof seating materials and a urethane-coated utility floor give the Element a durable, easy-to-clean interior.

2007 Honda Element Details
2007 Honda Element photo Interior

From the dash-mounted shift lever to the fold-flat rear seats that can be flipped up and secured to the sides, the Element's interior is unlike anything else on the road. When the rear seats are flipped up on their sides, there's a cargo area large enough to place two upright-standing mountain bikes. The front seats feature integrated safety belts and are surprisingly comfortable. They are made of a durable, washable fabric that breathes nicely, a benefit on hot days. On LX and EX trims, the floor is covered in rubber-like urethane, not carpet, so it can be cleaned up easily. The SC model features carpeting in the passenger cabin, but not in the cargo bay.

Exterior
2007 Honda Element photo

Easily recognizable at any distance, the Element's boxy greenhouse, two-tone body panels and forward-opening rear doors are only some of its unique styling features. The unpainted plastic body panels of the LX trim level cleverly and conveniently avoid the issue of scratching the surface during such activities as loading bikes or skis onto the roof rack, or leaning equipment against the fenders. EX and SC models feature body-colored panels. The lack of a center pillar allows for large and bulky items to be loaded through the side doors, but the design precludes rear-seat occupants from exiting until the front doors are first opened.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Element features a five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, five cup holders, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with CD, rear defroster, rear privacy glass, dual power side mirrors, cruise control, tilt wheel, rear wiper/washer, power windows, steel wheels, side-curtain airbags, front side-impact airbags and Vehicle Stability Assist. The EX trim adds alloy wheels and a 270-watt, seven-speaker sound system with CD/MP3 capability and an auxiliary input jack.

Optional Equipment

Options include Real Time four-wheel drive and a five-speed automatic transmission. Ordering the SC package adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a lowered sport suspension, Piano Black interior trims, custom cloth seats, carpeting, center console, projector beam halogen headlamps, a custom grille and custom-painted bumpers.

Under the Hood

Honda employs the excellent 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder engine from the CR-V to serve duty in the Element. This is a strong four-cylinder engine with a surprising amount of low-end torque that translates into quick acceleration across intersections and capable passing power on the highway. Fuel mileage is on par with most small SUV's in this class and, considering the Element's boxy shape, roomy interior and large frame, that's a commendable achievement.

2.4-liter in-line 4
166 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
161 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/25 (manual), 22/27 (automatic), 21/24 (4WD manual), 21/26 (4WD automatic)

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2007 Honda Element Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 726 Ratings for the 2003 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Great vehicle

By on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "great all around van that will get the job done"

Cons: "the early windshields"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The Honda Element is a great drive....I would buy another one if Honda hadn't foolishly stopped making them...it has gotten me through rain, snow storms...just a great van. If your seeking super comfort this isn't the van for you, but for home or work there is not a better car on the road."

Versatile, reliable and cute

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Carrying capacity, space, Honda reliability."

Cons: "No fifth seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Why did Honda discontinue this model? It's essentially a little truck with enormous amounts of head and leg room perched over a Civic chassis. The rear seats stow up against the side walls rather than lying flat, creating a huge open area that I (a 5'6" woman) stand stand up straight in. Downside: It's not the most comfortable ride in the world; and the wide front pillars detract from visibility, but you quickly learn to deal with that, and they are lifesavers in a crash. A friend totalled his Element but the cabin was untouched and uncrushed. A potential inconvenience in my 2004 is the theatre-style rear seats. The car holds 4 people, period; you can't squeeze in a 5th. But hey, it's a compact, not a station wagon. It stands taller than any car in the parking lot except maybe a Range Rover (which it resembles in miniature), a great convenience. I love this quirky little thing and haven't found anything to replace it. Not that I have had to -- there have been no major repairs in 11 years, except to replace a radiator that was pierced by a rock."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever owned!

By on Friday, August 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very comfortable for long trips"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my first car in 1969. Until I bought the Honda I was a "Ford" guy. But no longer, Honda all the way! This car has been extremely reliable. Has massive storage capacity with great road feel. I've driven coast to coast and in all kinds of weather. Great in rain, heat and snow! Maintenance has been very reasonable. I love the Element but am retired thinking of an RV."

very good, very reliable

By on Monday, August 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Mechaniclly perfect. Very versital."

Cons: "Interior kind of cheap. Factory."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Frosty cold a/c still has freon it was born with 40 degree duct temp. Oil changed every 3000 miles. Still silver under oil cap. Very dependable. Never been in shop except for services. New 140 mph tires, all matching. Overall, outstanding vehicle.. Would take across country tomorrow."

Best vehicle I ever owned!

By on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable and well built."

Cons: "Not very hi-tec"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This Element has been the best car I ever owned and the 2nd best car was a Honda Civic. I've owned at least 16 cars and Honda is the best of all including Ford, Chevy, Mercury, Chysler, VW and Mercedes. The Element is not fancy but everything works. It is very utilitarian. The audio system is probably the most awesome thing about the whole car except its reliability."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Nice ride, would buy again.

By on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "roomy, adequate power, fun to drive"

Cons: "transmission hunting between 4th and 5th, TPMS"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this new in March 2011 and then found out it was the last year of production. I think Honda dropped the ball on this. You can hardly find a used one anywhere. I like the car because of the space on the inside especially with the rear seats removed although they aren't the easiest to R & R. It rides really nice for what it is and with the "rubber" flooring it is a breeze taking care of. One issue though is the amount of road noise when the rear seats are laid flat and hooked on the roof. I guess the lack of carpet lets more noise through. I'm not complaining about this, just making mention of it. If I have a pet peeve about the car, it's the transmission continually hunting between 4th and 5th gear. It's really annoying to me. I wish it had paddle shifters. And the TPMS has always been a nuisance but I guess that is the sign of the times to be burdened with idiot lights and false alarms. I run my tires well above the minimum but the TPMS still goes off when ever it wants to. However, overall it is really a good car and if I had it to do over I would buy it again."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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