By Marco Minardo on
2008 Honda Element EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
Bought used with 30K miles. This Honda is an extremely thirsty little SUV. In town I never got better than 20 mpg, 25 mpg on the interstate at 75/78 mph without AC was achievable with Super Unleaded Fuel, otherwise 23 mpg was more the norm for such an underpowered 4 cyl. engine that otherwise is very smooth and torquey at the bottom. The transmission gearing was poor as well, shifting hard and constantly between 4th and 5th back and forth at highway speeds. The 'no carpet' floor would be a great idea if it were rubber and not that hard slippery plastic. Horrible with bugs and rocks on the windshield as well as wind noise. Worst Honda I ever owned in terms of poor performance and fuel economy.
Very reliable and sturdy. Love the tailgate/lift gate design. Love the height. Excellent A/C which cools fast the very roomy interior. Very handy suicide 'half' doors. Excellent fit and finish. Very good and smooth over bumpy pavement.
GAS MILEAGE! Is this a Honda or a Hummer? Traded it in after 3 months of being on the road and it was costing me more in gas than my note! FIX that Bug Catching feature, after an hour on the interstate you cannot see out of the windshield for the spattered bugs!! Poor gearing ratios. Blind Spots.