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2005 Honda Element

  • 2005 Honda Element EX Sport Utility

    EX Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      160/161
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $19,525
  • 2005 Honda Element LX Sport Utility

    LX Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      160/161
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,450
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2005 Honda Element Review

A low-cost sport utility vehicle that is designed for people with active lifestyles.

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Overview

The Honda Element is a crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) that is designed for drivers interested in long road trips and outdoor activities. With only four seats, the Honda Element provides plenty of room for its occupants and supplies needed for long trips. In addition, all of the passenger seats can be completely removed to allow even more storage space.

The interior is easily accessible compared to many SUVs due to the door design. Large objects can be loaded into the vehicle with ease. In addition, the interior is specifically designed so drivers can hose it down to clean it out. In many respects, the Honda Element can be used in the same way as a pickup truck. The easily cleaned interior also means that hauling dirty, muddy equipment is not going to require extensive cleaning after the fact.

The Range

Body Styles: crossover SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Honda Element LX, Honda Element EX

What's New

The 2005 Honda Element has not been significantly changed from previous models outside some changes to the standard features of both models. The Element LX now has power mirrors, cruise control, and wheel covers as standard features. The Element EX has side airbags as a standard feature. An MP3 player is installed on both models and XM Satellite feature is now an optional feature.

Exterior

The Honda Element is designed to be a practical, utilitarian vehicle. The exterior of this vehicle is less aesthetically designed than most other vehicles. The Element has a blocky, snub-nosed design that lacks the smoother contours commonly found on many contemporary vehicles. Despite this, the spare tire is contained inside the vehicle rather than mounted to the exterior.

Interior

The interior of the Honda Element is different from most vehicles. The Element has a total seating capacity of four, counting the driver. The front passenger and rear seats can all be folded down or removed entirely to allow for additional storage space. With all the seats removed, the Honda Element is capable of holding a full-size surfboard with all the doors and windows still shut.

Fitting with the utilitarian sensibilities of the model, the interior does not have the carpeting found in almost any other vehicle. The entire vehicle has a rubber mat on the floor. The reason for this choice is that it allows the interior of the vehicle to be hosed off. As a result, there is no dilemma about hauling muddy outdoor equipment inside the vehicle. Cleaning the vehicle is quick and easy no matter what's decided to carry inside it.

Performance & Handling

The Honda Element is built off the same platform as the Honda CR-V. Anyone that has driven that vehicle should find no surprises in the way the Element performs. It handles almost as well as most cars on paved roads with slightly slower acceleration being the main difference in performance. The engine gives it enough power to handle steep inclines without much difficulty, even when fully loaded.

The off-road performance of the Honda Element fits in well with its target users. It performs competently on unpaved roads and trails. It does not have quite the same power as a full-size SUV or off-road pickup truck, but it does get to its destination without much difficulty.

Safety

The Honda Element has fairly limited safety features. The only standard safety feature on the Element LX is the driver airbag. The Element EX adds a passenger and side airbags and anti-lock brakes. However, despite the limited safety features, the Honda Element received a five-star safety rating in front and side collisions from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA).

EPA Fuel Economy

Honda Element: 19/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good handling
  • Large cargo capacity
  • Reasonable gas mileage

You Won't Like

  • Limited seating
  • Anti-lock brakes only available on Element EX model
  • Limited appeal

Sum Up

A low-cost sport utility vehicle that is designed for people with active lifestyles.

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