By Brian on
2006 Honda Element EX-P 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Have had this car for 3 yrs/60 k miles. Great car. Super cheap to own, amazingly reliable. Standard maintenance is really inexpensive, and only every 10k miles. This is not a luxury car. There is no wood trim/leather seats, etc. What you see is what you get. But it's plenty peppy, drives very smooth, and fits in compact car parking spots. Excellent turning radius. Blind spots do take some getting used to though - my only complaint. Excellent in the snow. Excellent build quality. Excellent cargo capacity. Seats are easy to flip up or take out. Even comfortable to sleep in, which I have done many times at trail heads before climbs!
Many possible configurations of rear seats, turning radius, reliability, inexpensive to maintain, smooth driving/suspension, manual transmission is very smooth to operate, comfortable seats even for long trips.