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2010 Honda Element

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2010 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 2010 Honda 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. The Element also gets reasonably 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 2010 Honda Element will work for you. The tall, upright seating keeps the driver's hip and knee level to each other, a position that may help alleviate lower back fatigue on long trips.

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. The Elements reported 6.9-inches of ground clearance are somewhat diminished by the protruding center fuel tank and its protective metal guard.

What's New for 2010

For 2010, Honda is offering the Element with a "Dog Friendly" package that adds an extendable rear access ramp, soft-sided kennel with padded dog bed, a spill-resistant water bowl, 12-volt rear cooling fan, unique floor mat with dog bone pattern and second-row seat covers.

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 a 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 take sweeping curves and sharp turns with confidence. The steering and brakes operate with precision and predictable response, returning excellent feedback 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.

2010 Honda Element Details
2010 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
2010 Honda Element photo

Easily recognizable at any distance, the Element's boxy greenhouse, bright paint choices and forward-opening rear doors are only some of its unique styling features. The front fenders are now made of metal, but the rear quarter panels remain painted composite plastic, which are less prone to dents and help reduce weight. 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. Those who prefer a more customized ride can opt for front-wheel drive SC trim, which features a more sporting appearance and sits slightly lower to the ground. Its 18-inch wheels and low profile tires not only change the Element's personality, they help it perform better on paved roads.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2010 Honda Element LX features a five-speed automatic 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, a tire pressure monitoring system, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA). The EX trim adds a five-speed manual (4WD only), alloy wheels and a 270-watt, seven-speaker sound system with CD/MP3 capability, removable center console cooler, 16-inch alloy wheels and an auxiliary input jack.

Optional Equipment

Options include Real Time four-wheel drive, a five-speed automatic transmission, the Dog Friendly Package and a voice-activated navigation system with rear backup camera (EX and SC with automatic transmission only). Ordering the SC package adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a lowered sport suspension, piano-black interior trim, 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 comparable to 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: 18/23 (FWD, manual), 20/25 (FWD, automatic), 18/23 (4WD, manual), 19/24 (4WD, automatic)

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2010 Honda Element Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 720 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

NEVER A PROBLEM

By on Sunday, July 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Ultra dependable."

Cons: "Could use a modern infotainment system."

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

"Easy access, reasonably comfortable ride, OK on fuel, and best of all, NO PROBLEMS! Simple to drive and maneuver, and room for a lot of 'stuff'!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Holds everything

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "It's fund to drive and pack full of stuff"

Cons: "Gas mileage could be better"

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

"I bought my 2005 EX new and have really enjoyed driving it. The suspension is still very tight after 113000 miles. It feels like a new car. I have moved furniture and equipment of every shape and size in it. I plan to keep it until it falls apart. I only wish they still made them, so I would have the opportunity to get another."

Good vehicle for someone with an active lifestyle,

By on Thursday, July 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "best 4cyl do anything, go anywher vehicle there is"

Cons: "my silver one looks like a big toaster"

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

i added a grate so that i could leave back gate open for him

"I first got this to house my big dog, who had to go everywhere with me. It was great for him, and for hiking, carrying work tools, bikes etc. If it got dirty (inside) it was easy to clean. The four wheel drive worked well in wintry conditions and i felt i could go anywhere ground clearance would allow Like many Hondas, the instrumentation was simple and uncomplicated. Nothing ever broke down. Solid and dependable Back seats could be folded up or removed with ease if more room was needed. Back seats gave passengers a better view than most cars. I think its a shame that Honda discontinued this style. It is a great vehicle for active people and those with furry companions that like to travel with you"

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

i added a grate so that i could leave back gate open for him

My best vehicle in my lifetime.

By on Monday, May 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,079

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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: "reliability, perfect for hauling, fair mileage"

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

"This ten year old Element has only required replacement of a battery and tires in its lifetime. Otherwise, only regular maintenance."

8 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Roomy, lots of head room, runs like a top, Like it

By on Friday, April 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Overall I like this car. all of the above and plenty of cargo area. It has a small fuel tank and gets about 23 miles per gallon. 4 wheel drive worked good in the snow, but not on slick semi wet dirt. It drives good and handles decent. It really needed a six speed as it's a bit low geared even in overdrive on the highway. I have a couple of friends over 6 ft tall and one is about 6 ft 6 in and there was plenty of head room and also leg room in the back seat. Cool seats in the back that fold up to the side for cargo and even car camping. rubber pseudo diamond floor mats through out entire floor are great for outdoor adventures and shedding dogs."

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

best car ever

By on Friday, April 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 192,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "price/fun/low upkeep/quirky appearance"

Cons: "it's not going to out last me"

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

"required no service other than required (oil, etc); goes over/around/through everything and anything"

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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