I love my Element as it is the most versatile, practical vehicle I have ever owned. I can move the seats around and haul most anything. It is easy to clean since it has no carpeting. The all wheel drive has been most useful this year since we have had more snow and ice than usual. It gets great mileage for an SUV (about 22 mpg around town and 25 on the interstate) and I feel very safe in it. I will buy another Element, but next time I will get the side air bags.
I like the all wheel drive, and I like the way you can move the front passenger seat forward, and strap the rear seats up. Gives you lots of versatility. The rear door has plastic under it and you don't chip the paint when you put stuff through the rear door.
I would prefer the "moon roof" be up front so you have a sun roof. The moon roof is rather useless. I would also like heated front seat option.