I've had my Element for a month now so I feel I can review it. The quality is top notch, this is a well put together car. The interior is simple and roomy. The exterior is streamlined and attractive! (to me anyway). It drives smooth, and accelerates well for a box, you have to push it to higher RPM's to really zoom, but the power is there if you need it. The shifter looks like it's in a weird spot, but it really isn't if you think about it, Honda just opted for a shorter stick and a subwoofer.The sound system is amazing, you can alter your heartbeat with the bass if that's your thing. The doors don't bother me, but I'm not moving kids around. Overall a great dead useful vehicle.
Transmission, suicide doors, and the stereo. Gas mileage so far has been 24 mpg in mixed driving.