I have been searching for a car that would be fun to drive, functional, and kid friendly-the Element is it! My eight year-old loves the back seat, and there is plenty of room for our two dogs, too. I can go grocery shopping and everything will fit in the back. The car also handles well on the road, and makes turns easily.
I love how the seats fold up and you can use half or all the back for stuff. Also like no carpet or upholstery to attract dirt or dog hair. We took our lab camping and I just used a lint roller to get the hair out.
Because there is no carpet in the back, things can slide around, so I put a piece of rug gripper in the back, which solved that problem. It would be nice if there was a power lock switch on the driver's side instead of just the window switch. I bought a wider rear- view mirror which helps visibility.