I have had my E for almost 7 months now. Included in my 16000 miles is a 6300 miles across the US trip from GA to AK (yes, Alaska). I towed a 1500# trailer behind it the entire way. I have absolutely no complaints about the comfort of the seats (even after 10-12 hours). The creature comforts and convenience items were well placed, easy to reach, and worked wonderful. The utilitarianism (is that a word?) of the vehicle is fantastic. We have made the decision to buy a second one to replace our other small SUV. IMHO - you won't regret getting one.
Utility, interior space (can you say cavernous?), pep, quality and reliability. Re-configurable rear seats (and the room it creates). Ease of controls, well laid out.
Heated rear view mirrors, better rear seat (floor) heating, better MPG, and passenger's side PDL control.
I was drawn to the Element by the interior flexibility and suicide doors and it doesn't look like a mini-van. My previous car, however was a Subaru Forester and I think Honda could take some lessons from Subaru on building AWD drive trains. This car has torque steer on hard acceleration and there is a lot of wheel spin on wet pavement. Once you get the element going, it's a hoot to drive. I am interested, though, to see how this car will perform in snow (a little worried). The ABS works well which will be good for snow driving. I miss not having the headlights turn off when I turn the ignition off, although, the warning bell has kept me out of trouble so far. I could do without sunroof
Sunroof optional; HD & USB radio options; AWD option and more horsepower for SC; Improve AWD drive train; Open back door inside without open front door; Modify to allow back seats fold up without removing head rests; Outside temp gauge; lighted vanity mirrors; GPS Option; Ignition off Headlights off
I was first concerned about the location of the stick shift lever. However, the location is in a suitable place and this is not an issue. The manual transmission aids the driver to control the vehicle and requires little effort to employ. Both the suspension and transmission handles very well. I preferred the manual over the automatic after test driving both vehicles. The Elementís large interior dwarfs my 1997 Grand Cherokee. Very large or older adults can enter and exit the rear seat of the Element with ease. The rear seats can be configured to carry various loads. This is important to both home owners and active individuals that participate in outdoor activities.
My favorite items are the awesome sound system that plays all formats, rubber floor, highly legible gauges, and the mutli-configurable rear seats.
Have fog lights as a standard and make the arm rests longer and wider.
The Element is the ultimate utilitarian vehicle. I love the flexibility of having a large cargo area. The entire interior is easy to clean, I am never worried about getting it muddy, wet, or dirty. There is tremendous flexibility with the cargo area since the seats go up. The AWD works great, I've been through heavy snow with great results. On long drives I fit a twin size air mattress in the back and sleep 2 people. I can fit just about anything in the back (bikes, sofas, tons of gear, etc). It seems like every inch of this car is build purely on logic. It's a no frills car that is brilliant in its simplicity. Hey, it took genius to discover E=mc^2, the element follows in that tradition.
Waterproof interior (I really have taken a hose to the interior). Easy to clean (a vacuum works wonders) Super flexible seating (lie flat for a bed, fold up one or both back seats) Low cost Better than average fuel efficiency Very comfy for all passengers Very flexible, all situation vehicle
Have an option to seat 5. An indicator light when the AWD kicks in. Built in AC power inverter. Plug in hybrid option (I can wish can't I?)
It's exactly what I expected. Only car I have ever owned in which I do not get a backache-amazing support on short or long trips. Split rear door is extremely efficient-infinitely better than most splits & better than all single doors. Very useful for utility, carrying big & lots of things. Great traction in snow. Only 3 negatives which I expected:rear seat is useful only in a pinch; had to remove headrests from rear seats to see, but don't use them anyway;choppy ride. Otherwise turning radius is great,headlights great,lots of stg places,easy to clean. Got armrest stg option, and love it. Would not suggest for young kids with carseats. Great for dogs-leave backs of rear seats down always