I’ve never owned anything that has gotten me as much attention as my Honda Element. Tellers at drive-throughs pause to question me about it. Drivers in cars around me crane their heads to look, and people in parking lots blatantly stop and look inside. I’ve been a Honda Element owner for almost a year, and I’m ready to spill all of its secrets.
Attention to Detail
There are three cup holders up front and two in the back. A ledge across the dash will hold just about any gizmo you’ve got. An overhead storage compartment keeps sunglasses within reach. Giant visors block the sun, and huge knobs are present on the air conditioner. Speaking of air conditioning, the Element has more air speeds than I’ve ever seen. No more high, medium, and low. And to top it all off, My EX model has built in MP3 support and a 7 speaker stereo system.
Spacious As A Box
The Element may look small and compact, but as soon as you sit inside you realize this vehicle has a lot of space: head space, foot space, cargo space, any kind of space. The rear seats are slightly raised giving a theater seating effect, and there still is more than enough head room for the tallest passenger. As if the cargo space in the back wasn’t enough, you can fold the rear seats along the sides opening an endless abyss of cargo room. There’s more. If you still don’t have enough room, you can remove the rear seats completely (I’ve heard even the passenger seat). If you still don’t have enough room, I suggest purchasing an 18-wheeler.
Doesn’t Take Dirt
Lacking carpet, the polyurethane flooring is easily cleaned. Whether you’re tracking in dirt, mud, sand, or snow or you’ve spilled your drink, there’s no need to be overly concerned with cleaning up in this vehicle. The seats are made out of a stain-resistant material that can be wiped down to remove most spills.
I only have two complaints. The large front window is prone to being hit by rocks — perhaps its size makes it an easy target. The seats are utilitarian and can be uncomfortable for long drives without a break.
All in all, it’s a great vehicle. It gets good gas mileage. The price tag isn’t steep. Most of all, it’s fun to drive, and great for trips. Personally, if I had the cash, I’d buy another one right now just to have two.