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Used Honda Element

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2010 Honda Element What's new for 2010? 
2010 Honda Element

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.

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2009 Honda Element What's new for 2009? 
2009 Honda Element

The 2009 Element gets a major makeover, with an all-new front end featuring metal as opposed to composite fenders, new wheel arches and new taillights. The rear skylight panel has been discontinued, but a new navigation audio unit with rear backup camera and USB audio input connector is now available on EX and SC trims. LX and EX trims receive a new center console, while the EX gains a removable cooler/storage box.

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2008 Honda Element What's new for 2008? 
2008 Honda Element

No major changes for 2008.

About Honda Element

In an initiative not unlike that of Toyota's Scion xB, American Honda introduced the Element (December 2002) to what it perceived would be a demographic somewhat different from its mainstream buyer. Described in its launch material as a "rolling dorm room," the Element - with wide-opening cargo doors and wipe-down floors - was all about your more basic instincts, while priced at the low end of Honda's new car showroom. Much to Honda's surprise, buyers - like those for the xB - came from across the consumer spectrum. Activity-oriented 20-somethings showed interest, but so did their 60-something grandparents. Surfboards and snowboards were easily accommodated, as were headboards and armchairs. And if the Element wasn't as expansive as your apartment, at least it could handily move your apartment. The fun, however, has to end sometime, and for this generation of the Element it's the 2011 model year.

Consumer Reviews

It is What it is

By on Saturday, May 24, 2008

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

"I've had a manual '04 EX 4x4 since new. I have approximately 95,000 miles on it to date. It handles well in all types of conditions. The turning radius and manuverability is better than my wife's '05 Accord. With the right tires, the thing is unstoppable in 12-18" of snow. Runs on regular gas and gets reasonable mileage for what it is, but engine is arguably under powered. Can't really tow anything with this vehicle. The vehicle is not well sound-insulated and can be pretty loud (wind, road, and engine noice are pronounced). The ambient noise levels can make for difficult cell phone conversations at highway speed. The OEM stereo does well at drowning out the sounds of traveling though. The interior is well thought out. It is more spacious than the outside would lead you to believe. The seats all fold flat so lounging and/or sleeping is nice. The rear seats fold up or come out altogether. I wish the front passenger seat was also removeable. The suicide doors are a neat gimmick, but not particularly useful and result in a lot of confusion for passengers who are unfamiliar. The OEM flip up/removeable sunroof is large, but in the rear so your cargo gets to enjoy it more than you do. I'm on my fourth windshield (something I've never had a problem with on any other vehicle). One was replaced under warranty, the second was covered by a class action. The window replacement guys remarked that the Element windshields are more prone to chips/cracking in general and compared them to Jeep Wranglers in that regard. Otherwise no mechanical, electrical or other surprises. I've changed oil every 5-7,000 miles. No major tune ups required until after 100,000 miles. I've replaced the engine air and cabin air filters two times each. The OEM tires were replaced at 30,000 with BFG T/A KO's, which are still going strong [these add slightly to the road noise, but it was still loud with the OEM tires]. At 60,000 had the rear differential fluid changed. Proactively replaced the battery at 80,000 miles, but wasn't having any problems. The brake pads lasted 90,000. I spend between two and six hours a day in this thing for work. I love it and highly recommend it. The latest CR-V and Element are clearly similar vehicles, just marketed to different demographics. While less utilitarian, the CR-V offers a more polished package, seats five (instead of the E's four) and remains nearly as versatile. We now have an '08 CR-V as well. We've only got 1,000 miles on it, but so far, so good. I recommend that as well."

47 people out of 47 found this review helpful

It's a love-hate thing

By on Tuesday, August 28, 2007

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

"What I like: -The room. We call it "the bus". We have 2 large dogs and since we don't usually carry people in the backseat we removed them both. Our dogs have a ton of space and we even made them a custom non-slip rubber floor. -The versatility. I like that you can flip the back seats up to the side of the car or remove them. I also like that all 4 seats can fold completely flat. -The ruggedness. I like that I can clean the car easily without worrying about ruining upholstry and carpeting. -Fuel economy. I'd say it's just decent. For a 4 cylinder engine I would expect to get better than 19 city/21 hwy but maybe my driving conditions aren't optimal. But, it's still better than my last SUV. -All Wheel Drive. Very nice feature. -The "get up and go" is somewhat impressive for a 4 cylinder. It's a little slow when first taking off but after about 30 miles an hour you can really feel it go. What I don't like: -The back windows 1)don't roll down and 2)aren't electronic. This was almost a deal breaker for me. My dogs love to stick their heads out the window and now they can't. And, if I want to open the windows I have to stick my arms back there and do it. If I want to open the passenger side and no one's in the car with me I have to stop and slide over to the passenger side myself. Quite a hassle. -Lack of concealed storage. I like all the little pockets in the front area but the glove compartment is small. There is no center console available either. I bought the armrest which does have covered storage and I highly recommend it. I still can't figure out where to hide my purse or my bags when I'm running errands or out at the park. -Suicide doors. They're alright but kind of a pain when you want to just throw your things in the back. You have to open the front door to open those doors and it's kind of inconvenient sometimes. -Sometimes choppy transmission. I notice this especially when I take my foot off the gas. The car seems to lurch as it downshifts."

15 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Fun

By on Wednesday, May 02, 2007

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

"Can't get used to the rear doors opening from the rear. Road noise a little bothersome. Straight up windshield attracts rocks. Replaced windshield after 7k miles. Fun to drive. Nice pickup and can scoot real good in traffic. Front and back seating is great. Stadium seating in the back."

10 people out of 10 found this review helpful