This was our first SUV and having a messy child and a dog in our family, the Element is a breeze to clean and to haul stuff, especially with the rear seats up. The interior is roomier than you think. Ride quality is rather spartan but not unexpected and the engine could use a little more hp. Gas mileage is lousy, I'm hoping for a hybrid version. I am 6'2" and find the driver's seat belt to be very uncomfortable on my neck. We have owned this car for 2 years and it has been the most reliable car we have ever driven. Quality seems to be excellent on our Element!
If you enjoy camping, pets, kids and/or going to the beach, this car is for you. The interior makes this car a winner. Upgraded stereo is pretty nice too.
More storage spaces inside, 5th row seating, moonroof, better seat belt locations, better gas mileage.