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Honda Element Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 160 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2004 Honda Element

  • A specialized Honda that is great as long as you need something so specialized.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Impressively versatile interior, optional all-wheel drive, smooth four-cylinder engine, styled as if out of a Japanese animation movie.

  • Cons

    Only seats four, clamshell doors hinder entry/exit for rear-seat passengers.

  • What's New for 2004

    The 2004 Honda Element lineup gets an LX model to slot between the existing DX and EX models. New equipment on EX models includes keyless entry, a passenger-seat armrest as standard, and bungee-cord fasteners on the driver-side front and rear seat backs.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (90 total reviews)


I will always love you

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Vehicle: 2004 Honda Element EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

'04 EX was my first SUV, first Honda. I hated the seat discomfort, the cheap-feeling floors, scratches in interior plastic, exterior plastic, worn bushings, rear differential, some other minor things and annoyances. That's until i bought 2014 CRV LX. I love my Element now!!! I miss it and i want it back!!! My second honda is my last, that's for sure.



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Loved my element

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Vehicle: 2004 Honda Element EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

I owned a 2004 Honda Element for 6 years and recently traded it in ONLY to get a car that got better gas mileage since we moved to the country and needed a gas miser. It had 78,000 mile on it when I traded it, and I have to say that I just loved that vehicle and I am so sorry I ever traded it. I never had a car with that many miles on it so I was worried that it would start requiring expensive repairs so I traded it and now I am so sorry. I LOVED THAT HONDA and it was perfect in the snow and drove well. It was so dependable and I only replaced brakes and battery and tires in the car the whole time I had it. I cannot say enough good about this vehicle. Should have kept it!! A+ rating




Quirky

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Vehicle: 2004 Honda Element EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

I still can't say that I like the way the Element looks. It's ugly, and it hasn't really grown on me yet. However, it has more interior space than I expected. Rear seat passengers have tons of space and 2 cup holders, as well as 2 more for the front seat passengers. Great sound system. AWD is great in the snow! Acceleration isn't astounding, but it isn't slow. No carpeting means cleaning up spills is the best. Front pillars make big blind spots, and the "suicide doors" are a pain in a parking lot. The brakes took some getting used to for me, the pedal is a little soft and positioned strangely. Smooth and gentle steering and ride. AC began squeaking recently and cranks VERY slow in the cold.




Fun to drive

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Vehicle: 2004 Honda Element EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

All I can say is you must take one for a test drive. You will be suprised by the room and how easy you can get around on the road. We went from a Taurus to the Element and my wife said she will never go back.




Great car/suv

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Vehicle: 2004 Honda Element EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

I love my element. The stadium seating in the back seat is a fav among my friends. Most of my friends say this car is ugly until they see how "cool" it is inside. I love the available space and the ease of cleanup. The panaramic view from the front is great. Manueverability is great and parking is easy. This car is fun to drive and I can't wait to take it camping. Legroom in the back is great, headroom everywhere more than enough.




Great car/truck/suv?

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Vehicle: 2004 Honda Element EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

Just bought my element. I love how high the seats are and the view from the windshield. Best car for the money, it reminds me of my old Jeep CJ-& just with better gas mileage, better reliability, and better heat although not nearly as rugged. I had to purchase a handful of bungee cords and a milk crate to secure my stuff, otherwise it slides everywhere. Road noise is no problem although I read some think it is. The 4 cylinder provides sufficient acceleration. The stereo is better than average for a factory system but isn't quite the caliber of my old Alpine w/ infinity speakers. So far its a great car. Can't wait to test the 4wd in snow.



Full 2004 Honda Element Review

What's New for 2004

The 2004 Honda Element lineup gets an LX model to slot between the existing DX and EX models. New equipment on EX models includes keyless entry, a passenger-seat armrest as standard, and bungee-cord fasteners on the driver-side front and rear seat backs.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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