Pros Outstanding interior room. Decent gas milage. Honda quality.
Cons The ride of the SC can be a little stiff due to it's sport suspension.
Summary Yeah, it looks like a box on wheels. So What!! Open the doors and get in. You'll quickly find that there is more to the Element SC than just it's odd looks. The interior is very well laid out, with tons of room. The front seats are very comfortable and sit at just the right height so that you have a clear view out of all of the SC's windows. The rear seats offer plenty of leg room, even for those who may be "long legged". One of the things I really like about the rear seat area, is the fact that the floorboard in flat. It dosen't have that hump that most vehicles have. Speaking of the rear seats; they can be fully reclined to make a bed out of, folded up to the sides to open up the floor for cargo storage, or easily fully removed for carrying those really big loads.
The interior of the SC comes equipped with carpet, which is not included on the other models of the Element. Standard equipment include power windows and lock, a 270 watt AM/FM/XM/CD sound system with steering wheel controls, an aux plug located in the console for your Ipod hook up, three aux power sockets. No, it doesn't come equipped with a bunch of gadgets, but do you really need all of that?
The "SC" stands for sport coupe, so you can expect a sporty ride. The SC sits lower than it's brothers, and rides on a sport suspension, 18 inch wheels, and lower profile tires. So, the ride is somewhat stiff, but not uncomfortable at all.
The SC is powered by your typical Honda 2.4 liter engine which does a good job of moving the SC down the road, and getting acceptable gas milage figures. Both an automatic and straight drive transmission are available for the SC.
Contrary to what has been reported by professional reviewers, the SC isn't a "youth oriented" vehicle. Yes, when Honda introduced the SC, it was aimed at the younger market, but the older generation has taken a great liking to the SC. Your apt to see more grandparents driving the SC that you will younger drivers.
A lot of people will put the Scion xB and the Element in the same class. But other than a "box look", they are not the same. The xb is smaller in every way, and in my opinion the overall quality of the xB is less than that of the Element SC.
Pros Roomy (LOTS of headroom), Easy to keep clean, reliable, flexible, turns on a dime
Cons 20 mpg road... 20 mpg city, no GPS
Summary I have had my car now for two years. It is an incredibly affordable and flexible car for anyone. My wife liked it better than her Acura TL for putting kids in and out because of how easy the doors opened up. The rubberized floor is a cinch to clean and the car still appears new after 30k miles. It has a good basic radio system with XM built in (I leave set to CNN-HN for morning commutes). I have had zero mechanical issues. My only complaint is that it only gets 20 MPG but the saving grace for my conscious is that it is an ELEV (extreme low emissions vehicle) that produces 1/10 the emissions of the average car in its class. It also has no built in GPS but easily cured with a Garmin (like I have done). I like the tailgate and clamshell door that makes for great tailgating. With the lighter plug-in right in the rear it is a great camping vehicle.
5.7!!! Wayne Cunningham needs to re-evaluate what is important in a vehicle.
Roominess -- check
Style -- check -- people always ask me about my car.
Convenience -- check
Cargo space -- check
Flexibility -- check
Gas mileage -- 1/2 check
Agility -- check (I say as agile as an antelope but my wife got so tired of me saying that phrase she repeats it... as agile as a canteloupe). She is so cute.
Of course it won't win any races but for low $20's (I got mine loaded and with 7 year warranty for 23k) you cannot beat this car.
"Fun to Drive"on by blrhead
Pros Great room, good audio, plenty of cupholders
Cons no ipod integreation
Summary I've had my blue box for three years now. I first saw it at the LA Car show a few years back and fell in love. When I feel the need to go for a road trip, I just load up my sleeping bag, get all my gear, and take off. I don't need to worry about sleeping at a hotel, I just sleep inside my car with plenty of room, no other car offers that. Yeah, its a bit ugly and not as sleek as other cars, but Honda really did a good job at making this car for people who want to have fun and be serious at the same time. I am a techie and this car has everything I need.
Pros It's unique looking, huge cargo capacity, the "suicide doors" open yawningly to accommodate large objects.
Cons Seems unnecessarily Spartan, glove box too small, cup holders are inadequate, harder ride than entirely necesary.
Summary I have a 2005 "Rallye Red" and black model that is one of my favorite cars of all time. However, I do plan on trading it in for a Honda Ridgeline pick-up, which is a little more comfy and "upscale." The Honda Element is perfectly suited as an every-day workhorse of a car that can carry absolutely enormous loads (including, in my case, a gas dryer, a 35" cathode television, and a 55-gal. hot water heater --all in their retail boxes). I'm going to miss it when it's gone. It better deserves at least an 8 on your scale of 10.
Pros Interior space and functionality are outstanding. Good sound system with MP3 via aux RCA jack or optional iPod dock.
Cons A little underpowered. Rear suicide doors take a little getting used to, especially in tight parking lots.
Summary I can fit 2 full-size off-road motorcycles and camping gear inside my Element 4x4 with the seats folded up. Torque is adequate for rugged off-road, but it could use a little more ground clearance. When I arrive and unload, the seats (all) fold down flat. Insert a queen-size air mattress and hang the optional privacy curtain and this thing sleeps better than many hotels! I'd definitely buy it again!