Honda Element Review & Ratings: Design, Features, Performance, Specifications ...

Honda Element Review & Ratings

The Honda Element is a compact crossover SUV that was built by Honda Motor Co. Ltd. from 2003 to 2011. Honda is a public multinational corporation based in Tokyo, Japan that was founded in 1937 and had originally built automobile parts. It is well-known for its automobiles and its motorcycles.

Even though it’s from Honda, the car was actually built in East Liberty, Ohio in the United States. The car was the subject of a class action lawsuit in 2003 when the windshield flange surface was found to be uneven. The lawsuit was settled and Honda was required to provide warranty replacement of the defective windshields.

In 2005 Honda released the SUV. in additional models consisting of the LX and the DX, which added more features than the original. In 2006 the EX-P was introduced, but was only available for a year before being discontinued.

The car was discontinued altogether in 2011 due to poor sales over the years of its production, although at one time the Element was deemed a dog-friendly automobile by


The average price of a certified pre-owned Honda Element runs between $15,000.00 and $20,000.00, depending on model year and mileage.

Engine Options

There were two different engines in the Element. From 2003 to 2006 models it’s a 2.4L Inline-4 K24A4 and model years 2007 onward are 2.4L Inline-4 K24A8.

Transmission Options

There were three different transmission types—5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic, and 5-speed automatic.

Size and Space Options

The Element is a compact SUV that holds up to four passengers with plenty of head and leg room. It was designed to carry large cargo loads and has a total capacity of 74.6 cubic feet.

Control Panel and Display

The dashboard has a user-friendly display for fuel gauge, speedometer, and tachometer, as well as an audio system.


The Element provides theater-style seating that offers a comfortable ride and water-resistant seats. Rear passengers have a lot of room compared to some compact SUVs and there are plenty of pockets and holders for everyone’s stuff.


Although the Element has been discontinued due to slumping sales, many version of this car was produced. It’s fairly easy to find a certified pre-owned automobile from your Honda dealer.

Security Systems

The Honda Element comes with a standard anti-theft alarm system and remote keyless entry.

Safety Options

There are many safety features on the Element including stability assist, traction control, side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, side-impact door beams, front airbags with a position detection system for the passenger side, lower anchors and tethers for children in the rear seats, daytime running lights, and ABS.

Interior Options

Interior options include a center console with a removable beverage cooler, a seven-speaker audio system, optional navigation system, and a urethane-coated utility floor for heavy loads and transporting pets.

Exterior Options

Exterior features include a clamshell rear door and swing-open doors in the side.


Available accessories include floor mats, cup holders, and a dog-friendly package that includes a kennel, spill-resistant water bowl, electric fan, stowable ramp, and bag dispenser.


The Element is a quality-built and reliable compact SUV.


The Element has a distinctive boxy design and a dog-friendly reputation, as well as a great utilitarian cargo transport.


For the price of the Element, you definitely get a good value. It is a great family car, especially if you have pets. It also offers great fuel efficiency as well. It’s a reliable car that will last for years with proper maintenance.

Our Verdict

Overall, the Honda Element is a solid, reliable vehicle with great mileage per gallon, a roomy, comfortable interior, and a good price point.

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