I purchased an Element after seeing how the rear seats function. The best part for us was the fact they could be removed. I purchased this vehicle entirely for my dogs, because we're constantly on the road with them for dog-related activities. The person who reviewed the Element poorly, who also purchased it for their dogs, obviously didn't tie anything down. I put a big dog bed right behind the front seats, can stow up to 6 folding kennels against one side of the vehicle (there are tons of places to use bungee straps in this SUV!), an ice chest, folding chairs, luggage, etc. More than enough room for 2 adults and 3 big dogs. You just have to use your head when it comes to maximizing space!
The tons of room that's available once the seats have been removed.
I agree with other owners. The MP3 jack is awesome...but where the heck do you put it? I wind up draping it over the gear shift when I'm not driving and tucking it under my leg when I am. I'd love to see a slot for this and better windshield resistance. Chips and digs in the window are pretty common