Used 2008 Honda Element

$7,551 - $11,995
2008 Honda Element

2008 Highlights

After a major update last year, the Honda Element returns for 2008 unchanged.


  • Smooth engine, nimble handling, spacious interior, optional all-wheel drive.


  • Only seats four, clamshell rear doors complicate entry/exit for rear passengers.

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Used 2008 Honda Element for Sale

Honda Element 2008 LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A) Alabaster Silver Metallic Titanium/Black premium cloth133,646 miles
Used 2008Honda ElementLX
Est.Loan: $184/mo
Shell Motors
8.8 mi away
Honda Element 2008 SC 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M) Root Beer Metallic Black/Copper premium cloth150,632 miles
Used 2008Honda ElementSC
Est.Loan: $204/mo
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Dealer Notes

2008 Honda Element SC 5 Speed Manual Transmission. Root Beer Metallic with Black/Copper Interior - ABS Brakes, Air Conditioning, Alloy Wheels, AM/FM Stereo, Auxiliary Audio Input, CD Audio, Cloth Seats, Cruise Control, Manual Transmission, Overhead Airbags, Power Locks, Power Mirrors, Power Windows, Rear Defroster, Satellite Radio Ready, Side Airbags, Traction Control

Honda Element 2008 EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5A) Tangerine Metallic 158,000 miles
Used 2008Honda ElementEX
Est.Loan: $155/mo
JBA Chevrolet
47.4 mi away
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159,266 miles
Used 2008Honda ElementEX

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Features & Specs

EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5A)SC 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A)EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A)LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A)LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5A)EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)SC 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Transmission5-speed automatic5-speed automatic5-speed automatic5-speed automatic5-speed automatic5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual
Horsepower166 hp @ 5800 rpm166 hp @ 5800 rpm166 hp @ 5800 rpm166 hp @ 5800 rpm166 hp @ 5800 rpm166 hp @ 5800 rpm166 hp @ 5800 rpm166 hp @ 5800 rpm166 hp @ 5800 rpm166 hp @ 5800 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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2008 Element SC - Yes, the hard to find SC.
Very practical and useful car and at $22,500 (Had a Honda $1500 end of year discount and the dealer came down another $1600 or so), it's not too much cash. Yes, a BOX ON WHEELS. I always get looks from other ELEMENT Owners because I don't think many of them knew about the SC version. I didn't like the ones with the flat black fenders (LX) and the flat black bumpers (EX). The SC has no flat black body panels. I bought it new in late summer of 2008 and it was HARD to find an SC! There are 6 or 8 HONDA dealers within 20/25 miles of me and only 2 had SC's. And only ONE dealer had every color. The other dealer had ONE black and ONE blue one. That's it. I have 110k miles on the car and aside from a problem with the Throttle Position Sensor at about 80k, the car has been flawless. 110k miles and just that one repair (outside of the usual brakes, tires, battery) Seats are comfy, the doors open a full 90 degrees for easy loading and unloading, and with the rear seats removed there is quite a bit of room. THE AC is powerful as is the heater. The XM radio sounds great, especially with the 8 or whatever speakers this thing has and the sub-woofer up front. It's the newer 2.4 Liter engine used in the Accords and CR-V's with a TIMING CHAIN, not a BELT! That's a maintenance saver right there. Timing Chains rarely wear out. Just had new plugs put in at 103k miles and while driving out of Chicago on the Expressway, I just noted to myself that his car drives as good as it did when new. My original Honda tires lasted about 68k miles. My original brakes up front and on the rear last about 75k miles. I am still on the original discs with 110k miles but I suspect I'll need new discs in about 4 to 10 k miles and it may be time for brakes again. With the SC package and the wider, lower profile 18" tires it grabs the road good and corners well. Brakes could be a bit better. My last car was a 4800 lb SUV and it stopped better. The only drawbacks I see are the ride, the MPG, and the quality of plastic used inside. I have the SC, which has lower profile tires, stiffer springs, and is a bit lower to the ground than the other Elements. So, not sure if the other models (EX and LX) ride better but the SC has a jarring ride at times. Where I live (Northern IL) the roads are pretty crummy. Lots of trucks and snow and salt. The Element SC seems to go over the bigger holes good but some of the smaller dips in the road are really noticeable. My wife's 20 year old Civic with 20 years old shocks has a better ride on the roads with these little dips in them. I get about 23 MPG city and 26 on the highway. I am getting 1 MPG better or so than the sticker indicated but I would have figured a small engine like this would get a few more MPG. Second, the interior plastic scratches quite easily. I have hauled a few things and it does not take much to scratch/gouge the plastic inside. It only seats 4, which is sometimes a pain if my kid has more than 1 friend that needs to be brought someplace, that one has to sit in the front. But, on the bright side, the rear seats have plenty of room AND THEY RECLINE! My daughter loves reclining the seat a bit on long drives and relaxing. The Vehicle Stability control is a joke. The SC only comes Front Wheel drive so this may seem like a valuable feature but and I'm able to maneuver and drive better in the snow with the VSC OFF.
Elementary SUV
Bought used with 30K miles. This Honda is an extremely thirsty little SUV. In town I never got better than 20 mpg, 25 mpg on the interstate at 75/78 mph without AC was achievable with Super Unleaded Fuel, otherwise 23 mpg was more the norm for such an underpowered 4 cyl. engine that otherwise is very smooth and torquey at the bottom. The transmission gearing was poor as well, shifting hard and constantly between 4th and 5th back and forth at highway speeds. The 'no carpet' floor would be a great idea if it were rubber and not that hard slippery plastic. Horrible with bugs and rocks on the windshield as well as wind noise. Worst Honda I ever owned in terms of poor performance and fuel economy.
Perfect "Out of the Box" vehicle
I bought my Element new in February of 08. Two weeks later I made a 9 hour trip each way to Fort Kent, Maine on the Canadian border in the middle of a snow storm to photograph the Can Am dog sled race and she performed wonderfully. Driven her all over the North East and Mid Atlantic. Never had any issues with any weather. Easy clean, load her up and go. Not for those who want plush luxury. Dog owners, campers, hikers, climbers, bicyclists, surfers, Home Depot strollers, this is the vehicle for you. Fun to drive, reliable, very versatile and pretty comfortable. Tons of space for driver and passengers to enjoy. Best vehicle I have ever owned and the most fun to drive too.
Used 2008 Honda Element Overview

The Used 2008 Honda Element is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5A), SC 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A), EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A), LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A), LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5A), EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5M), SC 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M), LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M), LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5M), and EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M).

What's a good price on a Used 2008 Honda Element?

Price comparisons for Used 2008 Honda Element trim styles:

  • The Used 2008 Honda Element EX is priced between $7,551 and $11,995 with odometer readings between 158000 and 159266 miles.
  • The Used 2008 Honda Element LX is priced between $8,995 and $8,995 with odometer readings between 133646 and 133646 miles.
  • The Used 2008 Honda Element SC is priced between $9,995 and $9,995 with odometer readings between 150632 and 150632 miles.

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