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Honda Element

Honda Element

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.

2011 Honda Element
What's new for 2011?
2011 Honda Element

Last year the Element introduced a "Dog Friendly" package that was, well, dog friendly, with an extendable rear access ramp, padded dog bed, etc. This year it's a "Buyer Friendly" package, with LX and EX variants suffering little in the way of price hikes. Last year's SC trim has been discontinued, as has a manual transmission.

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.

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.

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

No major changes for 2008.

2007 Honda Element
What's new for 2007?
2007 Honda Element

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.

Consumer Reviews

Best vehicle I have ever owned for my purposes.

By on Thursday, October 24, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,777

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

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

"I've had VW Passats, BMW 325i (Major problems) Toyotas; Fords, Chevies (never again) and this is the best I've ever owned. Trouble free, fun to drive, virtually unstickable (sic), reliable, bullet proof. I have two dogs that I take from Texas to California every year to go hunting with my son. I haul a trailer which I figure fully loaded is about 1,200 lbs and I get 27 mpg on the road; more if I don't need to run the a/c. I take the rear seats out (takes about 5 minutes and are totally detachable) and the dogs have plenty of room. They can't do any damage to this vehicle as everything is made so sturdily. When I get home, I just take it to the car wash and hose down everything but the dash and side speakers and it's good to go. I even got so I liked the looks of it!"

29 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle we've owned

By on Monday, July 29, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 167,000

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
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "HEADROOM and cargo space with back seats up."

Cons: "Only seats 4"

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

"This (and the 2011 Honda Element) are our favorite vehicles ever!! When I heard the Element was going out of production after 2011, I bought the 2011 but KEPT the 2003 for my husband. It has saved him driving his big 3/4 ton pickup (which gets about 13mpg)! We love both our Elements. I REALLY like the changes they have made for 2011!! Our 2003 gets about 21 mpg average and our 2011 gets almost 26 mpg average and has gotten as high as 29 mpg on long trips. It's much more comfortable and the seatbelts no longer are connected to the suicide door! I think Honda made a huge mistake taking this vehicle off the market. As a band director AND triathlete, it is the PERFECT vehicle for both!"

12 people out of 12 found this review helpful

YOU CAN'T GO WRONG

By on Tuesday, September 25, 2007

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

"I'm a 60 year old guy who has enjoyed this vehicle which was pitched to the young crowd. I can put my mtn bike inside (with one set of back seats up) and my surfboard on the top. It's the ultimate utility vehicle. You won't break any speed records, but I go over Mt. Tamalpais to get to the beach and enjoy the ride. It's a truly honest car."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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