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Honda Element Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 160 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/24 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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Customer Reviews

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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!



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.



5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Hard worker

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

My 2003 has 200100 miles on it. Still has the same rotors on the front, shock and struts, muffler system, and surprisingly the same spark plugs that have been checked frequently if they need replacement. Yeah, i have the frozen door lock syndrome and the drivers seat is ripped and uncomfortable, and noisy ride, but this little baby has been good to me. I will be replacing struts and brake pads etc. soon to be on the safe side. Best reliable vehicle I've ever owned.




One of the best cars

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

Honda has a talent for making unique niche vehicles. The CRX, the del Sol, and now the Element have provided great combination of ability, quirkiness, and practicality that could not be matched. Even though there are many imitators today, none match the utility, configurability, comfort, and handling of the Element. I can roll (with a ramp!) a 5-foot long, 3-foot tall, almost four-foot wide cart right into the back of the Element. Or carry three passengers in style and comfort. Or sleep in the back comfortably. More headroom and legroom (in front AND back) than anything else I've been in. All kinds of nifty little storage areas. Handles much more nimbly and stably than seems possible.




Best car purchase i've ever

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

I got my element used in 2009 and it still drove off the lot like a new car. It's been noting less an absolute pleasure owning this vehicle. I moved and it would have been a nightmare if it weren't for my element. It carries more than I could imagine. It's so spacious and really handles the road well. It also handles mountains well! My element handled a mountain camping trip like it was it's job. I can't say enough about this car! I thought it was kind of ugly at first but after owning it for a few months, I love it so much it seems like the most beautiful looking car ever.




Average joe

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

This Honda is fun to drive. The sound system is to of the line. When I first got it I took it up to the Blue Ridge to see how it would do in the snow. No problem. I was so impressed the following week I drove it to Florida to see how it would do on the beach. This SUV was made for the family who loves to vacation(MINE) and would rather spend money at the stores not at the pumps. My wife is so happy I talked her out of the Liberty. We did drive one for 4 weeks. Boy did I miss her ELEMENT.



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
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  • 24
  • highway
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