2005 Honda Element Consumer Review: Flying Toaster on Wheels

2005 Honda Element - Consumer Review

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EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Flying Toaster on Wheels
By Flying Toaster on


2005 Honda Element EX Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


Make sure you test drive this car before you buy! If you haullot's it's perfect. If for sheer driving pleasure, don't! The stock Wranler tires do a GREAT disservice to the car. The plastic in the car scratches EASY. You have to pamper what you put in or it WILL tear up. Gas mileage with K&N air filter is 24- 25 hwy and 21-22 city. Highway noise comes thru the cabin and the Wrangler tires don't help. Near 90-degree windshield catches rocks, bug etc that would bounce of more streamlined windshield. Engine in very adequate. For lot's of cabin space, there seems to be little of for actual driver accessible storage, unless you put stuff on segmented dash-tray. Oil filter crammed in.

Best Features

1. Bose stereo is good..no high's no low's it must be Bose. 2. Great configuration for cargo, camping, hauling etc. 3. Has some giddy-up! 4. Easy to clean inside - just wash & rinse! : - ) 5. Honda Quality. 6. Good front visibility.

Worst Features

1. Small instrumentation; for such a BIG BOX, the gas gauge etc, are difficult to see at night. 2. Poor gas 24hwy for 4-banger??? 3. Cabin plastic gouges and scratches way to easy. 4. Pop-out windows for rear seat passengers. 5. HUGE blind spots to LT & RT rear of car. Buy wide angle mirrors
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