I truly concur with the folks who LOVE their Elements. I, too, fell in love with the car when it was first featured in a Newsweek column with a photo of the very first 2002(?) model to hit the road. It took me 5 years to call myself the owner of an Element, but I've never looked back. I love my car. It drives like a dream! I took the back seats out so I'd have room for my dogs. I have never missed carpet. The resilient plastic flooring is ideal, especially when it comes to cleaning (which I'm not so good at because I live in a rural, dirt road area). But, at least when I do clean, I can do it with a bucket of soapy water and a rag--and it gleams!
Exterior profile and design. Roominess. Sound system. Ease of cleaning.
I'd really like to see greater variety in color choices (dark green was my hope, but I still don't see such a hue). Original tires barely got 25K miles. Mileage needs to be improved. Hybrid would be fabulous.