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Pros: The Element is unique. I don't want to drive a vehicle that I see in every other driveway in my neighborhood.
Cons: So far
Advice: Research good sites like Element Owners Club and right here at AutoWeb. You'll hear all of the good and bad and you'll be an informed buyer.We have been very happy with our Element in the first 5k miles. I learned a lot about the vehicle before buying it by researching online and specifically at the Element Owners Club site, so we had a good idea of the good/bad but the owners seem to be overwhelming happy with their Elements. I do with the gas mileage was a bit better, but the handling has been great and I love being able to clean this thing out and not having to worry about spills by my kids.
Pros: Practicality overall
Cons: Fair quality and boring
Advice: Ask yourself if the sluggishness bothers you when you test drive it. Compare the stereo to other cars, it seems like Honda is running a scam with the specs.I own a 2003 Element. It is a very practical car, but not what I would categorize as a fun car. It gets a lot of use for moutain biking and skiing. Great in the snow with AWD and easy to clean because it is all vinyl inside on the floors. Decent mileage. That said, its drawbacks include it fairly doggish performance, especially acceleration from stop. The quality seems a little on the cheap side as well. Some plastic rattles being the biggest defect complaint after 1-1/2 years. The stereo is awful, don't be fooled by the specs. If you remove the covers to the speakers in the door you will see a very cheap speaker and you can definitely hear it. The price seems like a steal for an AWD vehicle when you first get the car. I am not sure that I would say that I feel like a got a deal today. It is an ok car, very practical, but I will probably look else where for my next automobile.
Pros: The whole interior and how it all works together
Cons: still trying to find something
Advice: buy itWe were looking at a Honda CRV, and set to talk over numbers with the dealer on one. That's when my son jumped into an element in the showroom and the rest is history so far. I love this car. It is the most useful vehicle I have ever owned.
Pros: The folding rear seats for cargo or making a bed to take a nap.
Cons: The looks of the back side of the element.
Advice: If you need a functional car get it. If you worry about what other's thinkVery peppy for a 4 cyl. The suspention helps take the shock out of speed bumps. The rear moon roof when open lets the air flow through very nicely, also good for parking the car in the summer. (lets the hot air out) I have driven in the mountains in Estes Park, it drives well on the steep gravel back roads. I have hauled easy chairs, washing machines, dishwashers etc. with the rear seats folded up. Very versatile multi-purpose vehicle.
Pros: Active lifestyle car
Cons: No standard passenger side arm rest
Advice: Give it an equal opportunity review, even though you may not like the initial 'boxy' look.I was actually going to a Mercedes Dealership to look at their cars, when I saw these 'boxy looking' Elements prominently displayed outside the Honda dealership. I went in to take a closer look, and the thing that sold me, was the fact that this was an 'outdoor persons' car and I could go camping in this vehicle and be very comfortable. I loved the configuration of the doors and seats, and all the room this car had to offer. The only other thing I required was that I could find one in green. And I did.
Pros: The removable seats
Advice: Don't even THINK about an automatic. No matter how long you have to search for one, test drive the 5-speed manual!Most people talk about the appearance of the Element. I don't really even consider that an issue. If you're interested only in the way a car looks, then you should look elsewhere. This vehicle is for people who believe function should follow form. Yeah, it looks a little funky, but how else could a car this functional possibly look? I especially love the fact that I'll never have to worry about spilling anything in my car again, and trips to IKEA will never be the same!
Pros: Our custom license plate: HUMETTE
Cons: The Goodyear OEM tires are awful in rain. Will replace for this winter.
Advice: Expect a lot of casual conversations about it. People always ask how we like it.We've had a manual EX AWD for 10 months now. We've put more miles on it than either our Jaguar S-Type or MB CLK430 Cabrio in those 10 months. We'll use the Element for trips shopping (even a Costco visit can't overload it), to the city (smaller than the other two for tight streets and parking in San Francisco), with the grandkids (they love the clamshell doors and elevated seating in back), bad weather (AWD) and trips to the vet (how else would you haul the dogs?). Even took it on a road trip to AZ rather than either of the other too. 23 to 26 mph with speeds in the 70-80 mph range. When my daughter graduated and moved to San Francisco, the Humette made a bunch of 100 mile rount trips to haul her stuff. Great vehicle!