great utility vehicle
By Matt Bowman on
2005 Honda Element EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Our Element has been GREAT! Very dependable and versatile- will haul most anything you can fit into it! The stereo, heater and AC work very well, and the controls are very easy to use. Snow and icy road conditions have been no problem at all. Even after owning all brands of 4-wheel drive vehicles, the Element performs as good as any of them. It seems that the gas mileage should be better for a four cylinder (ours gets a real-world 21-25) and the sunroof would be much better if placed over the front seats. The interior passenger room is amazing- everyone who looks inside is surprised at the amount of passenger/ cargo room. Our two teenage kids can even stretch out.
Dependability. Fun to drive. Transmission shifts more smoothly than our Mercedes!
Fuel mileage should be better with a 4-cylinder engine. Sunroof is totally useless where it's placed at the rear of the vehicle. I would rather not even have it.