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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 687 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

Honda Reliability. Lots of room

By on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable.Haul lots with back seats out."

Cons: "gas mileage, handling when windy."

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

"Very reliable. great in the winter (AWD) With back seats removed, like having a van. Gas milage only 24 or so, but not exactly aerodynamic. Ride in back seats is a little rough. Too bad Honda stopped making these. One of best vehicles I have owned."

Best road vehicle I've ever owned

By on Saturday, August 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 194,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Interior space"

Cons: "MPG"

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

""Ele-May".that's her name :-)...has been the perfect vehicle for this traveling musician. The interior room, and raised seating in back are perfect for hauling gear, and enabling backseat passengers a clear frontal view. "Thanks again Honda.""

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Terrific car!

By on Saturday, August 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Delight to drive."

Cons: "Cannot think of any cons."

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

"Always reliable, comfortable, handles well. Awesome flexibility of back seat positions makes it easy to haul stuff. Have no idea why Honda stopped making the Element."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

I love my car

By on Friday, August 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "sound system, turn radius, crash resiliency"

Cons: "limited cup holders"

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

"I could not have asked for more in a car. Its stylish, versatile, and really good on gas (especially for an SUV). Mine is a stick-shift, and if i drive it well i can get about 25 MPG. I have pushed this car to its limits of what i have fit into the back. I was able to fit a large stainless steel grill standing up in the back of this car without disassembling. there is no other vehicle that can do that unless you get a truck. also great for dogs and kids bc the seats r waterproof and all of the interior is plastic so you can just wipe off any messes and any loose dirt you can just sweep out the back."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Love for the Coleman

By on Monday, July 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 176,000

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
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Cargo, mpg, rugged, clever interior, safe, comfy"

Cons: "not aerodynamic, boxy"

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

"I named my car Coleman, because let's face it, he looks like a cooler. That being said, this is a great car. I lived in Colorado when we had 550 inches of snow in one winter, and it powered through all the snowbanks like a trooper, even just having all weather tires (as opposed to snow tires). It's really comfortable, very easy to clean and maintain, and gets great gas mileage. I gave it a 9/10 because it is not aerodynamic, so the car is loud on the freeway. However, it still gets as good of gas mileage as a CR-V of the same year, which is around 28 mpg hwy. What makes the car non-aerodynamic, though, is also what makes the interior so awesome. It's very spacious--my 6'5" brother can ride in the back with no problems--and holds a lot of stuff. I especially find it great for driving around with my 112 lb golden retriever, who rides comfortably in the back seat. Another neat thing is that this car's interior never seems to get hot when it's left in the sun. It actually stays relatively cool...like a Coleman cooler. And of course the seats are designed to lay completely flat for car camping, and the back seats come out individually for extra cargo space. Very room, very practical vehicle. Anyway, it's been a great car for me, and I've clearly driven it long and far enough to know it really well. I really highly recommend it for anyone who needs space, but especially the adventurer. Coleman will go anywhere with you and keep you safe."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love my toaster on wheels!

By on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I have a 2010 that I have been leasing.I have leased a pilot,crv and accord prior to the Element. Overall I love this car and plan to buy it in 3 months. I love how roomy it is, I flip the seats up and transport 2 adult Trek bikes, no problem! There are only minor things I don't like. I would have liked to see auto locking doors after starting the car and auto unlock after turning off the key..I always "lock" myself in the car! The Mp3 plug and car charger plug is WAY to far away- being above the glove compartment. This car gets around GREAT in the snow, I would lease a new one if they were still being made! I LOVE my Element!!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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