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Honda Element Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 160 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Honda Element

  • A specialized Honda that is great as along as you need something so specialized.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Impressively versatile interior, optional four-wheel drive, trick audio system, styled as if out of a Japanese animation movie.

  • Cons

    Only seats four, Elements with automatic transmissions and 4WD can seem sluggish.

  • What's New for 2003

    The 2003 Honda Element is a completely new vehicle for Honda. It's also the most adventurous Honda vehicle in quite a long time. Its blend of features, such as barn-style doors and waterproof seats, make it a good choice for those with active lifestyles.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



This car feels like home

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Element DX Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

When i first saw this car I thought it was the ugliest thing I had ever seen. Upon further driving and testing, it was PERFECT! The roominess has spoiled me. I can't even tell you how many times I've hauled things inside the car with the seats up and peoples jaws drop because they "had no idea". Countless times I have used the suicide doors to get the kids out and people come up to my car to check it out. It's a 2003!!! Don't act like you've never seen one. With two kids under 10 the rubber floors have been a Godsend! I can't tell you how many ice creams and food disasters have been avoided. Not to mention that after beach trips I just take my leaf blower and blow ALL the sand out of the car



8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Only for the lonely/adventurist person

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Element EX Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

When I purchased my Honda Element, I was enchanted with the uniqueness of the ride: it was a truck, SUV, and small car mixed altogether and it can get you where you want to go. It's a great ride for someone who doesn't have kids and likes the great versalitity of a crossover vechile. To Pros: 1) It's a Honda; its gonna retain value 2) Weather conditions/ off road- handles great 3) Plenty interior space; could live out of it 4) Crosscountry trips made easy The Cons: 1) It's only a 4 seater 2) Arm rest only for driver seat 3) A/C control of cabin is hard because of size 4) Anything on the floor rolls up to the front because of stadium seating 5) Gas mileage runs 19/22 One mancar!



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Never loved a car before

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Element DX Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Cars were always simply a way to get places for me, until I bought my Element! I have 154000 miles on it. I have done basic maintenance; brakes, struts and only just did my exhaust. I do have the original clutch, tho! It does not look 9 years old, either. I only have 1 complaint and that is that Honda has stopped making it!!! I was looking forward to a second Element when I need to replace this one. I am hoping that by that time Honda will have reissued it. I love my Element so much that I convinced both my sisters to get one!




Great car

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Element EX AWD 4dr SUV w/Side Airbags (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

great utility car! this thing can do it all without any worries. not the geatest looking car but can fill any need. the element is honestly the best snow handling car i've ever driven



6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Utili-toaster

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Element EX Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

At its heart, the Element is exactly what a small SUV should be- practical, reliable, and easy to drive. What sets the car apart is simply how over-the-top utilitarian it really is. The interior is nearly indestructible. The rubberized floors are easy to clean, the seats are waterproof, and the folding rear seats open up a cavernous cargo area that will easily accommodate mountain bikes with the wheels still attached. For a giant rolling box, it handles surprisingly well- though not a sports car, the car feels stable and relatively nimble on mountain roads. An excellent buy for dog owners, college students, or anybody with an active lifestyle.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

In my element

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Element EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I purchased the Element new in 2003. It was easily the ugliest vehicle I had ever seen, but after one test drive (on a dare) I bought it. Best car I've ever owned.



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Full 2003 Honda Element Review

What's New for 2003

The 2003 Honda Element is a completely new vehicle for Honda. It's also the most adventurous Honda vehicle in quite a long time. Its blend of features, such as barn-style doors and waterproof seats, make it a good choice for those with active lifestyles.

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2003 Honda Element Discussions See all Started By

no_clutter
no_clutter
01-27-2008
It feels like just yesterday when Honda came up with a new trend-setting vehicle named Honda Element in 2003. Element is no longer a new kid on the block, but a grown up "block". It's time...


kp1321
kp1321
07-28-2014
The other thing to throw in is my trade in (which always complicates things). They are offering me 1k over KBB for my Element (2003). Not sure that matters but its something to consider....


nospammailever
nospammailever
08-19-2008
I own 2 Accords (both 2000) both needed transmission work which Honda paid for since they had a recall, 1 Civic(2004) and the CRV(2003). Plus two friends of mine bought an Accord(2007) and Element(200...



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