We just purchased our new 2007 Element Saturday, August 26th in Orlando. We had previously owned a 97 and a 2000 CR-V. The 07 Element was too cool to pass up. So far we have really enjoyed the Element, I didn't want a 4 speed auto transmission, so that was the reason for not purchasing an 06. Our earlier CR-Vs had the 4 speed auto and I always thought another gear would have made the performance better on those vehicles. After 150 miles both my wife and I, along with our Lab, love the Element. Now we are waiting to see how the fuel mileage works out.
New features over the 06s, 5 speed auto trans, the way the door latches on the inside work and the front seat belts in the seats not on the body. Much easier to get people out of the back seats without the front seat people needing to unfasten their belts. The new gauge colors are cool too.
More storage compartments for odds and ends in the front area would be a plus.