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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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Customer Reviews

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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.




Lots of maintanence problems

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

I have only 64,000 miles on my Honda Element and I still enjoy its utility. However with this low mileage I have already had a blown clutch, a blown compressor for the AC, and a persistent problem with the door locks in that the keys do not work. I have been a faithful Honda owner for many years and have always had a manual transmission. I am a careful driver. To have over 5000 dollars in maintenance already with this low mileage is a serious test to my brand loyalty.




This car is a survivor!!

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

My husband recently totaled our Element. He swerved to miss a deer at 60MPH, spun out on the road berm, and the car rolled down the highway, landed on its wheels, then smashed into the ditch/hillside. The only part of the car that was not mutilated was the back hatch door. The car was smashed beyond recognition. My husband was uninjured except for a goose-egg on his forehead since the drivers airbag did not go off. This vehicle held together so well that even if it held 4 people, all would most likely have been unharmed, except from flying glass. ALL this and the engine would still run. I would totally buy another Element, and plan to as soon as possible! This car is amazing!




Loved it except for windshield

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

Super for hauling 2 mountain bikes without disassembling any bike parts - both fit fine standing up in the back with seats out or seats hanging up on the side. Loved being able to sleep in it on road trips with all seats left in/just reclined (just put mesh fabric over windows with magnets to hold fabric in place.) Super dependable in the rain and snow. Excellent turning radius. Doors became problematic when I had two toddlers and had to park next to other cars at the grocery store and get them in and out. I had to replace 4 or 5 windshields because rocks caused cracks (I think it must be a design flaw.) Honda did cover the first one when we could not find a rock pock at the crack start.




I love my element

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

I bought "Ellie" brand new and haven't regretted it one day, in fact the closer I get to pay off the more excited I am to see how many miles and years I can keep her on the road, we're only at 116,000 so far. I see us well into 250,000+. It is the most all around usable vehicle I have ever owned. It is transportation, out of the weather hauling, car camping,and a quick nap at lunchtime. She handles the snow and ice, the mountains and loves being loaded with camping gear. I see no reason to ever have any other vehicle.




It's elementary, my dear watson

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

This is the first car I have owned for more than 5 years. I think it's a keeper. I live in Mexico and it's the perfect vehicle for the terrain. And like all good Mexicans, you can get at least 6 adults in it - not comfortably - but none the least useful to the culture! Whenever I have it maintenanced here in Mexico, everyone at the dealership has to get inside and check it out and so do the customers - it's definitely a head turner. I had a front end accident and the Element barely had a dent while the other Nissan pickup looked like a Mack truck had hit it. Even in Mexico, Honda dealerships provide excellent service! I have a 4wd/EX Sunset Orange.



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

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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