Bought a used 2011 last yr and had it for a few months. Pros: Easy to clean, esp vinyl flooring, which is a must w/dogs. Able to remove back seats for more room. Consistent 25 mpg.
Cons: No telescopic steering wheel, hard, uncomfortable seats, other than power windows/locks, there was nothing updated. Suicide doors were horrible, as were vent windows. How this vehicle was aimed for dogs is beyond me. It should have been 4 doors, all windows could fully open even the back one. Sluggish and the place to charge a phone was also at a inconvenient area.
Consistently got 25 mpg
Ability to have back seats in several different ways, including removing them, giving more space.
Since it was aimed at dog owners, it should have been more dog friendly. Having vent windows was ridiculous as they are useless! There was really no air flow. the back windows should have been fully operational and the back window should have had the ability to open as well. That would have been more dog friendly. Suicide doors weren't good either.
Plus, there should have been a telescopic steering wheel, as it was uncomfortable to drive.
Seats should have been comfortable and for the price, there should have been basic options, like Bluetooth.
The charger outlet was near the glove box instead of near the driver...bad placement.
My wife hounded (no pun intended) me until we bought a new Element. I am a Honda Sales Consultant and knew the one we had in stock would be one of the last new ones we would be getting so we traded our old 4Runner in on it. The Element is a blast to drive (I also own an S2000) and is the perfect vehicle for our 2 Boxers and a Bulldog to ride in. It is also a great car to take to Lowes or Home Depot.
Averaging 24-26mpg on the highway, 19-21mpg in the city. Decent sound system and lots of utility.
Excellent Vehicle in so many ways. Great design with the Honda badge. This is my 4th Honda dating back to 1977. Wide open design allows for a great view of the road and all the way around. Tall enough to actually see a lot of sky while driving making the view exceptional. Very easy access for a guy of 50 years old. No twisting your back up to access a smaller or lower car. Very roomy interior, great driving position. It is actually quite comfortable on a longer drive. Tons of room in the back for most anything that does not require a truck to haul.
I honestly think for the money this is the most well designed vehicle mae. I sure hate to see production stop on these little gems.
All the room, Access, driving position and a great view. And my wife, she loves it. Omnie Pearl Blue color. AWD handling is good.
Don't stop making them. Nothing to complain about.
Our Element is less than two months old.
It has failed now to start twice in the morning.
The first time the dealer determined that a faulty window switch was the cause.
The dealer was unable to identify the cause of the most recent failure and could offer nothing more than a suggestion that we bring the car back in should the problem happen again - although they were unclear what additional steps they could take at that point.
We currently regret the purchase.
We had hoped to use this vehicle as our main car for out of town trips but now are not confident driving away from town should the vehicle leave us stranded.
Not willing to take that chance from a safety perspective.
Very flexible with great visibility.
Above average audio system.
Failure of this model to start is a known problem on internet boards and should be addressed by the manufacturer.
This is my second Element.
I traded in my first after losing my dog. Unfortunately I equated the car with the dog. Later I found out I missed the Element so much I had to have another. Traded in my leased MB ML350 early when I found out the Element was going to be discontinued.
The versatility is unmatched. You may not think it, but this is a very comfortable car on a long trip. No back ache like I got from some of my other vehicles. On first two fill-ups got 25 MPG. Take the back seat out and you've got quite a hauler.
I also like the fact that you can flip up the back seats to the side if you have to and haul a large payload in an emergency.
Fuel mileage. Head room. Super visibility through the large windows. Flexibility of seat configurations. AWD.
Safety - top IIHS pick for small SUV. Amazing reliability of Vtec engine.
Some Element owners are over 300,000 miles without problems.
Should have had a little higher ground clearance for off-roading. A more powerful engine but I'll keep it. Honda lost it's way by not improving on this breakthrough SUV through the years. This was the first of it's kind.