Pros Handles well in all rinds of weather, plenty of power, great head room. Even the back seat is comfortable for a big guy like me.
Cons It would be nice to have a USB connector for the stereo system.
Summary I drove Jeep CJs for most of my life and although I loved them they were bumpy, noisy, cold, and rusted away. I've always want an Element since they came out and was finally able to get one last July. It's comfortable, handles great, the little 4 cyl engine is powerful, and it has lots of head room for us larger guys. I'm in northern Indiana so I've had it now in ice, snow and heavy rain. It handles like a champ. GREAT little car.
"versatility!"on by tinalynn1962
Pros Great design for moving dogs and other things around
Cons Wish the vehicle had flip and fold seats. Could do with better gas mileage
Summary Would buy the car again! It's zippy and fun to drive around town with Honda reliability!
Pros Very spacious and practical. Center compartment doubles as a cooler and the stereo system sounds amazing. The visibility is outstanding, the floors are easy to clean! AND the backseats are stadium seating, and completely fold out of the way!
Cons There are blind spots so double takes are necessary when merging. (but what car doesn't have this issue!) And It's almost impossible to talk a dealer down because they KNOW how wonderful the car is.
Summary I wanted an Element for over 2 years immediately after I went camping with a gal who had one. The moment she folded up her backseats against the walls and laid down an air mattress, I was in love. As soon as I heard they are ending production of them after 2011, I knew I needed to get a move on. I bought a new 2010 EX 4 Wheel Drive model, mostly because the stereo system in the EX is worth the extra money compared to the LX model. The EX is MP3 ready and works great with my iPhone. They wanted the Element to be like a dorm room on wheels and that is exactly what it is. They are the kind of car that when you first see them, the boxy style grows on you, and the inside is what totally wins you over. My boyfriend never really noticed them before I got mine, and now he is totally sold on them as well. And to top it off, my best friend is now looking for one of her own.
I live near Seattle, so rain on a day to day basis isn't unusual but the Element handles wonderfully in it. We recently had snow and ice, and the Element never missed a beat. They were intended for people who loved the outdoors, so the seats are suppose to help with long drives. I've only driven it about 3 hours away so far, but I was very comfortable the entire way. The Element easily cruises at 75mph and weaves nicely when changing lanes. It is so smooth that sometimes I find myself speeding on city roads without meaning to. The mph is advertised at 19 city and 24 highway with my model, but I get an average of 21-22 with combined city and highway driving, which isn't horrible for a a small suv. I love that it also has cruise control, something that my previous car did not.
Overall, I love my Honda Element. They are affordable and Honda reliable. I really wish they weren't stopping production on them because I could easily see myself buying new models throughout my adulthood and eventually passing them down to children of my own. I'm 22, and I see a lot of people my age as well as older people driving them, they're fun for all ages! I hope they are just taking them away so they can tinker with the design a bit or make them more fuel efficient because I am an Element lover for life now and I don't want my first one to be my only one. Get one while you can, you won't be disappointed!!
Pros Clean, simple design, stereo in EX is excellent (don't listen to the snobbish car reviewers, this is just as good as my Mercedes) , fun to drive with pricise well balanced steering, flexible interior, access cannot be beat, This car does it all.
Cons Would like heated seats
Summary I have 2 vintage Porsches, a Mercedes SUV, Suburban, new Chevy Traverse and a first generation Ford Explorer. I have owned many kinds of cars, and I love the Element. I was taking my college-junior daughter (goes to school in LA, studying film production at USC) to get her a CR-V. We saw the Element and she liked the cargo flexibility, visibility and volume capacity of the Element better. I drove the car a couple of weeks before sending it to LA, and I fell in love with it. I just bought one for myself. It is safe, simple, comfortable (I am so tired of sitting in luxury cars that are just plain too cushy!) peppy, everything a car used to be. I understand that Honda plans to end production with the 2011 model year. I plan to write to them to try and talk them out of it, but will probablly buy another if they are going to stop building it. Whether you are 18 or 80, this is a great car, and the price is ridiculously reasonable. Test drive one!
"box on wheels"on by eeee
Pros roomy box on wheels
Cons it is a box on wheels
Summary design wise this thing is stinkeroo and a big fail
but utility wise it is top since it is a big box on wheels
with non descript fenders (at least they are the same color now: or is that because this is the hype dup EX model since it pushes $25,000 for a box) and styling
I dont know if I would call it "locomotive" styling but it is dull for sure
Plus the sound system is mediocre even in the EX model.
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