I just traded in my 03 Element for a 2010. I was able to get mine with manual tranny! That's important for me; I just had to nag the salesman to beat on the computer network a bit. We found a dealer trade just 60 miles away. This car (like my old one) is the most practical car out there. In all the 102k miles I put on my old one, the only expense outside of scheduled maintenance was to replace battery and tires, and it never left me stranded. I use it almost like a truck and it serves me very well. I'm happy in my element!
I like the seats and their versatility. I like the simplicity of a car that is not trying to Look a certain trendy way, but is content to just Be what it is. The XM radio and all the audio bits are great for my needs. I'm glad Honda ditched the moon roof; it was stupid.
Keep the manual transmission. Bring the 2.4 liter diesel engine to the US from Europe. The horn is too wimpy; I already have an aftermarket horn to supplement it.