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Honda Element

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Overview of the Honda Element

Learn about the Honda Element

Summary

Sold in North America between 2002 and 2011, the Honda Element is a compact crossover SUV geared towards outdoor enthusiasts. With its powerful engine, you will never be restricted to the main roads. Drivers will also benefit from a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs, which is more than enough to tow a small trailer filled with your equipment and gear. For longer trips, you can make the Honda Element your temporary home, taking advantage of third-party packages to turn the vehicle into a camper.

Safety

The Honda Element has excellent safety ratings for all model years, achieving top scores in front, rear and side impact testing from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Production for the vehicle ceased in 2011, but it doesn't lack any important safety features. Even in old model years like the 2005, standard features include:

  • Six airbags including passenger, front and rear head, front side and side curtain
  • Passenger airbag on/off switch to accommodate children
  • Four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) to maintain control and reduce the risk of skidding
  • Low tire pressure warning to reduce the risk of a flat

Interior

The Honda Element comes with numerous interior features that keep with its functional nature. From 2005, the LX trim offers rear seats that can fold flat to the floor, flat up against the side or removed entirely, power mirrors, air conditioning and water-resistant front seats, which you can add in the rear, too. So, whether you are hit with an unexpected downpour, or you are out hiking in the mud and the dirt, your vehicle is protected. All Honda Elements also come with standard easy-to-clean polyurethane flooring.

Technology

The base model Honda Element is a little short of tech features. Choose a post-2005 LX or EX trim to get a better range amenities. With these upgrades, you'll get a powerful stereo, XM satellite radio and a built-in navigation system with voice recognition. Older model years like the 2003 come with the basics, like front and rear window defrosters and power doors and locks—remote entry is optional.

Space

The Honda Element, partially due to its unique body shape, provide an excess of head and legroom for passengers. For some drivers, the Honda Element's four seats may not be sufficient for their outdoor adventures. Others are happy to trade the passenger space for the additional cargo room. Even when four adults are seated, the vehicle has about 25 cubic feet of space for your gear. Removing or folding down the rear seats increases your space to around 75 cubic feet.

Comfort

The double-wishbone design of the Honda Element's suspension gives the vehicle its smooth ride and easy handling—no matter the weather conditions. Some drivers note that potholes and rough terrain can cause more jostling in the cabin than they would like. Upgrading to the LX or EX trim level puts another tool in your toolbox by adding a real-time four-wheel drive system to tackle those rougher trails. 

Pros and cons of the Honda Element

  • Spacious and flexible interior
  • 64 different seating configurations
  • Large cargo space
  • Ceased production in 2011
  • Near-vertical windshield collects stones and bugs
  • Limited visibility due to thick roof pillars
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Honda Element

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats4
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionManual or Automatic
  • City consumption10.5 - 11.3 L/100km
  • Highway consumption8.1 - 9.2 L/100km
  • Width1815 - 1819 mm
  • Length4229 - 4328 mm
  • Trunk space691 - 736 L
  • Cargo space1985 - 2183 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Honda Element

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Honda Element 2003 - 2010 is available in 7 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available across all trims:
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Basic trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 160 hp
City consumption:10.5 - 11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.2 - 9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic

Y-Package trim features and specs

Available with the Y-Package trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
Available across all trims:
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Y-Package trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the Y-Package trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Four-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the Y-Package trim:
  • Cruise control
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Y-Package trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 160 hp
City consumption:10.5 - 11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.2 - 9.2 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic

Y Package trim features and specs

Available with the Y Package trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
Available across all trims:
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Y Package trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the Y Package trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the Y Package trim:
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Y Package trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 160 hp
City consumption:10.8 - 11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.3 - 9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic

LX trim features and specs

Available with the LX trim:
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the LX trim:
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Medium wheel base
  • Short wheel base
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the LX trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Electronic traction control
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the LX trim:
  • Cruise control
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the LX trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 166 hp
City consumption:10.5 - 11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.1 - 8.7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
Range:594 - 638 km

EX-P trim features and specs

Available with the EX-P trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the EX-P trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the EX-P trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the EX-P trim:
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the EX-P trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 166 hp
City consumption:10.5 - 11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.1 - 8.8 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic

SC trim features and specs

Available with the SC trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the SC trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Medium wheel base
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the SC trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Electronic traction control
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the SC trim:
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the SC trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 166 hp
City consumption:10.5 - 11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.1 - 8.7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:594 - 638 km

EX trim features and specs

Available with the EX trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the EX trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Medium wheel base
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the EX trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the EX trim:
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the EX trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 166 hp
City consumption:10.5 - 11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.1 - 8.8 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
Range:588 - 638 km

Frequently asked questions about the Honda Element

No—in North American markets, the Honda Element was in production for a single generation for model years 2003 to 2011.

No. The Honda Element has one row of back seats and a maximum capacity of four passengers, including the driver.

Front-wheel drive is the standard drivetrain on the Honda Element, but all-wheel drive is available across all its model years.

The Honda Element is a compact crossover SUV using a modified Honda CR-V platform, which was in turn built from the Honda Civic platform.

The original MSRP for a new Honda Element was upwards of $25,000. On pre-owned marketplaces, you can expect to pay $5,000 to $10,000 depending on year, condition and trim.