2005 Honda Element Consumer Review: The Element is just OK

2005 Honda Element - Consumer Review

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

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The Element is just OK
By rubio1010 on


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


I bought this car for my dogs. I bought it for all of my activities. It's just OK. Driving is fine, not fun, just fine. Take every turn slowly as stuff slides back and forth over the entire plastic interior easily. This is not a "Dog Car." The rocking back and forth and sliding makes them car sick. Cleaning is not nearly as easy as it sounds. "Hosing it out" is not an option. Comfort? On short drives, less than 100 miles, it's ok. Anything longer and the plastic seats get stiff and sticky. I've had two windshields replaced from highway pebbles. That's annoying. The two reverse doors are awkward for passengers in the rear, and getting in and out of the back seats is very awkward.

Best Features

Simplicity. That's why I bought it. No bells and whistles.

Worst Features

Make it comfortable with new seats. Put some insulation or something in the doors so they don't sound so cheap and "Tinny." Some rubberized surfaces, like the cargo floor area, would be nice. The mats don't work, and just slide over the floor. Configure the rear doors differently so exit is not odd.
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