2005 Honda Element Ratings

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Honda Element 2005
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    2005 Honda Element - LX (A4) 4x4

    Pros: Removable seats.

    Cons: Rear view blind spots

    Advice: none

    Watch that major blind spot!!!

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    2005 Honda Element - EX w/Side Airbags (A4) 4x4

    Pros: THE SNAZZZY DESIGN AND COLORS

    Cons: Doesn't perform well in very windy weather-and around sharp corners - hard to drive

    Advice: BUY, BUY, BUY!!! GREAT SUV

    I went from a Dodge Neon right in the middle of the high gas gauging, and did not notice much of a difference, with the exception that I actually saved money gas wise. I like the fact that the Element LOOKS so different, and gets so much attention that I know it has helped sales. I drive in the DC/VA/MD area and have been pleasantly surprised with its driving range for all the demands of stop and go, and bumper to bumper traffic that I encounter daily. It is great if you have or loath to clean/wash vehicles and have children(a cinch to clean). AND IT'S A HONDA!! CAN'T BEAT IT!!

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    2005 Honda Element - EX w/Side Airbags (A4) 4x4

    Pros: the interior (sound system, fold-up seats, rubber floors, desk space on the dashboard)

    Cons: Gas mileage

    Advice: this is an amazing car...get it

    I just got my element a month or two ago and i have loved every second of it. The sound system in this car is what got me first. I love the sub in the front especially because it's easy to control. I have really enjoyed not having carpet on the floor to catch stains and crumbs, cleaning up is very easy. The functionality of the back seats is great. Just the other day I hauled all of my mowing equipment in the back and it took me no time at all to have the car back to normal. The gas mileage is almost everything I had hoped for in this car although it is slightly less impressive than I had expected. Whoever designed the dash area is a genious. I love all of the slots and desk space. All my friends love the car and constantly tell me that it's the perfect road-trip car because you can almost live in it. Being a college student this car is perfect for me because messes are easy to clean up and it is great for traveling long distances. I would recommend this car to anyone.

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    2005 Honda Element - LX (M5) FWD

    Pros: Utility.

    Cons: Less than conservative styling.

    Advice: Great car for toddlers

    My brother bought an Element a few years ago and I teased him non-stop about his silly car. But when it came time to replace our aging Jetta, this was the car we chose. It has served us well. We have two small boys, 2 & 3, and this car has been perfect(I have a Dodge Ram Quad for the outdoors stuff). They have spilt milk, dropped crumbs and candy on the floor, and it is a snap to clean. the stadium seating is great for them. The rear seats are set far enough back to prevent kicking the front seats. They can climb in and out themselves. I like that they can't open the rear doors without us, and the rear windows are pop-outs. You'd think it was designed for this!

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    2005 Honda Element - EX w/Side Airbags (A4) 4x4

    Pros: Tango Red Pearl- The Look

    Cons: Suspension Slightly Too Taunt- Blind spot

    Advice: Go for deep discounting

    EXP AWD AT. Neat package for the person who is fraught with indecision over a car or truck. That's why I went with it. Taunt suspension and seats may break in with use. ( I hope) Seats are wide and it has a spacious interior. 1'st outing was a wake up call. Between the wide front passenger door pillar and the tinted front window to the deep tinted rear window it creates a dangerous blind spot. I have a perfect 26 year driving record and almost caused an accident at a 2 way intersection the first half hour I owned it. I never saw the car. If you drive alone-you better look 3 or 4 times at an intersection. I'm serious! Radio tuning knob and radio in general is too far of a reach. The first week you'll be fishing in mid air for the shifter- takes awhile to remember its on the dash. Some like the high view from the rear seats-others don't. If your use to sitting with the front seat reclined back then the rear passengers , unless paper thin have a tough time getting out. Doors are heavy in the rear for the elderly. But great for pets to get in and out. Honda has a nasty habit of being sparse on gauges and features. Fog lights should be standard on a EX-P. A secret is however, you do not need them. Why oh why does Honda not have auto headlights? I feel cheated when GM has had them for a decade. Driving lights? Where are they? Shameful-really shameful. Like to see more AWD emblems and maybe a dash light or two showing poor traction ala Oldsmobile. Tranny indicator needs to be twice the size and in the center of the dash. CRV has a telescoping steering wheel, so does the Civic- But not my EXP. Dumb. Honda tilt wheels in general do not have enough upward range. We need more information like a MPG meter etc. Come on Honda get with it. HVAC controls are crisp and clean. The driver however is the last to get comfortable for some reason. The rear seats get heat quicker-why? Power-People are crazy in the magazines. Its no hot rod but on a super steep hill in my area the Element holds 60 MPH with no kick down and no strain. Power is far better than adequate. AT. Is fine and does not hunt gears often. I have heard of the AWD clunking but on my 2006 I have yet to hear it. 60 mph looks very slow and wind noise is not what you'd expect-very muted. Don't hose the interior down. You'll be sorry if you do. You will cause electrical issues. You really need mats too. The 2006 has a far more hushed interior than earlier models. A 675 pound max load is just too light. Take two 300 pound guys and its about over. Not good. Xm radio is the way to go as the standard FM reception in my area is not so hot. Moon roof-sunroof in the rear? Great if you sleep in the back, but you feel cheated if you sit in the front. Weird! Power driver seat should be standard as well. Dealing with Honda? Tough! I nailed them with the cars direct pricing and they cried, hymned and hauled, and let me have it at $1700 off sticker. Then they tried to throw this and that at me, so I paid cash to retain the $21,277 deal. Great sport ute-cute ute-super mini Honda Hummer. Scion on steroids. Love it with my short time behind the wheel but fear the blind spot in the front. That has me honestly worried. If you have a habit of lending out your cars, please inform others of this hazzard!

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    2005 Honda Element - EX w/Side Airbags (A4) 4x4

    Pros: space

    Cons: The back doors() liveable

    Advice: Great to replace a truck

    This thing is great. Easily haul a family of four except for wierd back doors. Gas mileage is ok (way better than nissan quest and the S10 Excab it replaced). Seats can me moved in all kinds of way to put a lot of stuff in it from bikes to trips to Home Depot. The sluggishness bugs me but I realize it is not a sports car. It handles Lake effect snow better than anything I have owned.

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    2005 Honda Element - LX (M5) FWD

    Pros: overhang roof and plastic panels on sides

    Cons: lower than expected mpg

    Advice: shop around to different cities--this care was expensive in Austin, but cheap in Dallas

    I own an Element and have really enjoyed my decision to move from a sedan to a chasis-SUV. It drives like a car, not an SUV--more stable. One of the best features is the square roof that shades the enterior. Even on a 100 degree day, I can still touch the steering wheel and sit on a cool seat because it's been in the shade of the overhanging roof. Same goes for driving it--passengers primarily stay in the shade of the roof. I haven't gotten the 26 mpg hwy--best is 22 mpg. It really rocks in 20+ mph winds on highway. You can fit more cargo in it than any other SUV because of the square design. It holds what a cargo van would hold. Seats are a snap to raise or remover--really easy. The micro tek seat covers REALLY are stain resistent and dog scratch resistent. This care always looks clean. You will want to buy carpet mats to quiet the ride--even with the mats, it's not a quiet ride. The suspension is very firm. I have the man. trans. and it shifts like a dream--really shifts itself in a 'lazy boy' shift console. You'll want to add the arm rest even to the manual transmission (they say you can't because you have to reach under the arm rest to pull the break--no big deal, I do it everyday. My insurance is so cheap on this vehicle because of the low cost of replacing plastic panels on four corners. I hit a cement pole twice with the plastic fender, buffed it a little and it looks like new. The plastic panels also don't show dirt. Can't say enough good things about all the interior features. I just wish it got better mpg.