So many "want to be SUV's" don't hold a candle to the Element. With urethane floors, water/stain proof seats, huge storage capabilities, AWD and good low end torque this vehicle runs circles around the competition. There really is nothing like it. If you bike (we can get two road bikes with aero bars in the BACK), camp, scuba dive (just toss your gear in and hose out later) this is the winner hands down. Most SUV's are all image, but no substance (carpet and leather seats are not advantageous to an active lifestyle). The Element delivers with Honda reliability. After years of Jeeps and their mechanical issues I am hooked on this Honda's sewing machine perfect (and simple) four cylinder.
Simple, efficient 4 cylinder with easy maintenance, unbelievable storage space, urethane flooring, waterproof seats, rear doors make great tailgate with roof for tailgating, storage nooks, pleasant ride, seats and steering wheel that can be manipulated for any size driver, good SUV carbon footprint.
Wished rear windows had power opening device (like in some minivans). They open out, but it has to be done manually. Just a little more power (a 20 - 30 HP hybrid electric motor on top of the 4 cylinder would make this the perfect vehicle). Not impressed with the stock Goodyear tires.