I'm a cheap-skate. I wanted a small, thrifty truck, but it seems nobody makes 'em anymore...so I went with Honda's Element. This thing is a hoot to drive. I'm no racer, so maybe I don't expect too much; but I find this little box hustles. I'd have been happy with less; given ever-rising gas prices, I want even more than the about 29 mpg it's averaged over the first 15,000 miles. I leave my back seats in the garage, and treat it as a 2-seater. No, you can't hose it out, but otherwise it is extremely durable and versatile for light hauling, camping or grocery-getting.
This is a robust little truck with a stong engine. Pleased to report made- in-USA build quality is very good. I'm hoping that translates to the kind of durability I expect from Japanese Hondas.
Although I know most folks want more power, not me. I want better fuel- economy. Like that diesel featured in European Honda ads. I also want a Westfalia version with a pop-up roof and camping accessories.
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