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2007 Honda Element Review
A quirky, reliable compact SUV.
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Based on a modified version of the Honda CR-V, the short-lived Honda Element is another compact crossover SUV that began production in 2003 and concluded by 2011. Short, tall, and decidedly boxy in appearance, the Honda Element is one of the most distinctive-looking and versatile vehicles on the road. Designed to appeal to young male buyers who lead busy lives, the Honda Element features some unique aspects like its worry-free interior with waterproof seating and urethane-coated floor.
In 2007, the Honda Element won one of the more unusual awards bestowed upon cars, the ""Dog Car Of The Year,"" due in no small part to its roomy rear cabin area, which becomes even larger after back seats are laid down. This, plus the protective floor coating, makes the 2007 Honda Element an ideal SUV for carting Fido to the dog park and back and all outdoor areas in-between. In its run, the Honda Element performed quite well, selling approximately 350,000 cars in the U.S., but slipping sales figures for 2010 prompted Honda to discontinue the Element seven years after its launch.
Engines: 2.4-liter inline-four
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Element LX, Element EX, Element SC
The 2007 Honda Element gains a hefty amount of updates, the most significant one being a 10 unit boost in horsepower, along with an added five-speed automatic transmission that replaces the four-speed transmission. Additional safety equipment is also part of the 2007 package: improved front cabin seat belts, side curtain airbags, and stability control. Rounding out the list of alterations is an added trim to the crew, the SC that features a new sport suspension, 18-inch wheels, an improved interior, and a lower ride height.
The 2007 Honda Element is the car that can be spotted blocks away, thanks to its one-of-a-kind exterior design. It's distinct shape and two-toned body panels make its aesthetic appeal a sentiment that few cars can truly claim.
Plenty of passenger room and Unusual design choices are the two most common interior features that set the 2007 Honda Element apart from its competitors. The shift lever is mounted on the dashboard, and the rear seats not only fold down flat but can be flipped up and secured to the side. Once the seats are out of the picture, an already-spacious interior increases to 75 cubic feet. All this combined with the liquid-proof urethane-coated floor sets the 2007 Honda Element outside the scope of what buyers would normally expect from any SUV, compact, midsize, or full-size vehicle.
Performance & Handling
The 2007 Honda Element comes saddled with one engine across the three available trims. The 2.4-liter inline-four generates 166 hp and 161 lb-ft of torque, both elements translating nicely into a peppy acceleration rate and confident passing ability on the highways. Because of the smooth handling and stable steering, the 2007 Honda Element’s ride feels more in accord with a car than an SUV. One of the 2007 Honda Element's unfortunate performance downsides is in regards to interior wind noise, which is a problem due to the Element’s high, boxy roofline.
Equipped with expected safety features, the 2007 Honda Element is sure to protect occupants as much as today’s technology allows thanks to front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, stability/traction control, child seat anchors, child proof rear cabin locks, tire pressure monitoring, and front/rear height adjustable head rests. A five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2007 Honda Element a near-perfect score in the safety department.
EPA Fuel Economy
Element Automatic: 20/25 mpg city/highway
- Roomy interior
- All-wheel drive available
- Good vehicle handling
You Won't Like
- Only has room for four passengers
- Unusual door openings might hinder easy rear cabin access
- No V-6 option
- Not off-road friendly
A quirky, reliable compact SUV.
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