I traded my 2004 Element for a 2007. I was surprised at how much better the 2007 edition is. It is a nicer and safer vehicle to drive. Even with the opportunity to get a different vehicle, the decision was easy to buy another Element. The 2004 was great. It's amazing the things I hauled in that vehicle: a refrigerator, 40 bags of mulch, two love seats...each time with the rear hatch closed.
Favorite new features: Five speed automatic, new gauges & lighting, higher horsepower, & XM radio. Favorite overall features: rubber floor, removable seats, value, versatility, & tailgate.
Rear doors like Chevy Silverado or Nissan Titan that fold back 180 degrees to be flush with the vehicle would be more accommodating in tight parking. I miss the visors from my 2004 Element with the slide-out extensions. Those worked great with the wide doors and windshield.