By Hunter on
2003 Honda Element EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Great car, or BOX as it were. We use it for a dog/camping/hauling car and its utility body serves us well. This is a replacement for a '87 Real Time Civic wagon which has 212k on it. Still commute with it, but getting tired. The famous and deserved Honda reliabilty is definitely there in the Element. TONS of interior room even for very tall people. Handles just like you'd expect it to looking at it (NOT a "sporty" drive). 4 wheel disc brakes are great, 4 cyl. IV-Tech is a bit small for this vehicle (perfect for the Civic SI!). Works hard to maintain highway speed on long grades out here in the West. Not dog friendly as Fido can't see out. Suicide doors make getting out clumsy in parking lot
Move the sunroof to where us "un-hip" people can enjoy it. Fuel economy could be a lot better. We get about 23 mpg on the highway, at 80 mph, which is understandable considering the car has the aerodynamics of a brick.