2008 Honda Element Consumer Review: a buckboard with short range

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a buckboard with short range
By kirkd1 on


2008 Honda Element SC 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A)


...and bad gas mileage. Admittedly moving from an '04 BMW X3 was a questionable decision. But at lease turn back they wanted $3k more for the 04 than we paid for the 08 Honda. We were looking for a smaller carbon footprint. The BMW spewed 20 pounds per 15k miles where the Honda 6 pounds. We were not expecting the poor gas mileage (it is a shoebox but still). The absolute biggest pain is the range, it has a small tank, you would think they could find room for a little bigger gas tank.

Best Features

The seats come out or strap up to give van style room. Clam shell rear hatch rather than that huge top hinge on some wagons. It's so ugly that it tips to cute (I can't believe I said that). And it looks good in black. It's a pretty good ute for a homeowner and short trips.

Worst Features

Bigger tank. Better mileage. Better ride especially for back seat passengers. At 10k miles the driver floor mat is thread bare! Amazingly poor quality materials.
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