2003 HONDA ELEMENT
Love this car! Wish it was still being made. Easy to configure seats for loading and hauling, small footprint for easy parking, wide and tall enough to be comfortable for long trips. Just what I needed. Only drawbacks: big blind spot and can only seat 4 because of split back seat.
2004 HONDA ELEMENT
great car. great awd, like today we had snow. decent fuel eco. tons of interior space with the rear seats folded up. had a 2003, and when i sold it, i knew i would looking for another Element. i highly recommend, but they are unique. looks may not be for everyone, but very utility based vehicle.
by SHANE N
2006 HONDA ELEMENT
Purchased a 2006 Element EX with 86,000 miles about a month ago and am favorably impressed with the vehicle to date. I had a 1998 Honda CR-V for 15 years that I recently sold after 315,000 relatively low maintenance miles. The Element has a similar functional/no-nonsense approach in design, fuel economy and road response. I am planning on doing the ECamper conversion, as the primary use for the Element will be as an "escape pod" to experience nature in the Northwest.
by TED OWEN
2008 HONDA ELEMENT
Purchased for female driver to attend her senior year of high school and hopefully get her through 4yrs of college. It is rated as being a safe SUV with good reliability, this one is 2WD but AWD is an option, depending on the area you live in.
by DANNY S
2005 HONDA ELEMENT
This car is great mechanically but has a couple known problems that honda should fix on a recall but won't. First is the under dash lights that illuminate the instrument cluster at night,many of these stop working and it's not a cheap or easy fix.Second is very expensive and a very common problem,the a/c compressor and clutch assembly donot work and need to be replaced.A vehicle as well built as a honda should not have such problems after only ten years.Both of these problems are discussed on Honda forums in great detail.So read up before you buy one.There is obviuosly a reason Honda stopped building these...this could be two of them.
2004 HONDA ELEMENT
The element is a surprisingly spacious an capable little SUV. It drives like a small car, but has the cargo capacity of a light truck. This car would be perfect for someone who likes to play out doors with kids and or dogs, or who wants to carry big/heavy objects with a smaller vehicle than a truck. The rubber floors make the car very easy to clean.
I bought mine just before moving. I had no trouble at all towing about 1500 lbs of cargo and trailer while the interior of the car was crammed full of even more stuff. The back seats are easy to fold out of the way or remove entirely.
Fuel economy has been about 20mpg in the city and as high as 30 mpg on the highway. The drivetrain is geared low, so the car accelerates easily, but the engine runs at 4000rpm at 80 mph, giving poor fuel economy at that speed and above. This is why some Element fans opt for adding a 6th gear to their manual transmission Elements. I might to this to mine some day, but going 70mph on the highway is usually fast enough for me. I achieved 30 mpg by driving on the highway with a target speed of 70mph.
2007 HONDA ELEMENT
So far I love this car. Best car I've owned in quite some time. Hauls my two boys around great, easy to clean out, and is vastly superior to the newer Toyota Rav4 it replaced. Can't wait to take this on many adventures.
by Scott Blue Box
Honda Element Information
Honda launched the Honda Element in 2003 and stopped producing the car in 2011. Used car buyers looking for a small car with relatively large interior space might and roomy cargo entrance often closely consider the Element for its roomy design imparted by its boxy shape. If its distinctive design appeals to you, and you are looking for something that is both affordable and practical, you should know that the Element was designed for young buyers, but during its production run, it actually appealed to a wide spectrum of consumers, including older folks. There's room for a bicycle in back.
Honda hoped the Element would appeal to the sports utility buyer, but as new entrants crowded the field, it found its spot as a quirky get-around-town car that offered room for weekly groceries and coolers and camping equipment for weekened getaways. Interestingly enough, the smooth interior surfaces of the Element can be wiped up with a cloth for easy clean up after spills and muddy shoes.
Powered by a 2.4-liter in-line 4 cylinder Honda engine, reviewers note its reliable performance. While the LX trim is pretty basic, the EX trim level gets you a 270 watt audio system, MP3 jacks, and alloy wheels. 2007 and newer models benefit from a five-speed automatic transmission and stability control. A navigational system was introduced for 2009, and 2010 provided a "dog friendly" model with an enclosed kennel and water bowl.