2005 Honda Element Consumer Review: Please give me a 6th gear!!

2005 Honda Element - Consumer Review

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

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Please give me a 6th gear!!
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2005 Honda Element EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


If you like the sound of a high-revving engine, you will love the Element. If you like good gas economy, you will hate the Element. After 3 years of ownership, it is a love-hate relationship. I love the versatility - I can carry almost anything from bicycles inside the cargo area, to washing machines. But the high pitch whining of the engine drives me crazy knowing that a 6th gear or revised gearing would probably deliver me an extra 4-5 MPG. It has been one of my most favorite vehicles to own, but I won't buy another unless it breaks the 30 mpg barrier. Next car will be a Nissan Cube - similar quirkiness and functionality, good gas mileage. That is the magic combination in my opinion

Best Features

Cargo area versatility.

Worst Features

Add a 6th gear for gas economy! Don't need that instant response at highway speeds.
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