Honda has a knack for creating vehicles to occupy a niche within a niche. A perfect example is its S2000 sports car. While it is a two-seat roadster, it nicely bridges the gap between the less expensive Miata and the more expensive BMW Z4 & Porsche Boxster, while offering performance in the league of the more expensive German cars.
In much the same way, the Element is the SUV nobody else was building. Good looking, in a quirky way, its urban style belied strong recreational capabilities. Designed specifically to appeal to outdoor enthusiasts, the Element is fun, funky and singularly utilitarian in a way no other automotive offering can approach.
Introduced in 2002, as a 2003 model, there has been but one generation of the Honda Element. And, by all appearances that is all there will ever be, as Honda has announced the discontinuation of the model at the end of the 2011 model year.