One of the best cars (trucks?) ever!
By Ullanta on
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.
Space! Configurability. Rock-solid reliability. Handling. Easily cleanable surfaces. Cargo tie-downs and seat back bungees. Personality.
A possibility for 5th passenger seating! More fuel efficiency. A compass in the mirror! My 2003 model allows the driver/front passenger to be strangled by the seat belt when the rear door opens but I think that's been fixed in later models.