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Nice Little Green Machine
By DG on
2003 Honda Element EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Versatility and reliable powertrain are biggest attributes of this EX model AWD vehicle. Removing the rear seats turns it into a cargo van. No carpeting a plus, cleans up easily with vacuum and a wet sponge. Won't win races, but it wasn't designed for that purpose. A few defects, but were covered under warranty. 21 mpg mixed highway and city miles not great, but no surprise due to curb weight, AWD, and lack of aerodynamics. Tight turning radius is impressive. Stress on front "A" pillars may have resulted in windshield cracking. Hard to believe this vehicle is shorter bumper- to-bumper than the Civic in the same model year.
Hauls everything from bags of mulch to furniture. Handles well on highway, city, and in mild off road conditions. Stereo is great. Green color is hard to miss in a parking lot. Price point decent for the EX model.
Reinforce front pillars and improve dashboard padding/insulation to prevent windshield cracking. Cupholder positions should be reconsidered.