2010 Honda Element SC Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Honda Element - Road Test Specs

2009 Honda Element

(2.4L 4-cyl. 5-speed Automatic w/Navigation)


Model year2009
StyleSC 4dr SUV w/Navigation (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$25,770
Options on test vehicleNone
As-tested MSRP$26,440


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2354cc (141 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft, variable valve timing and exhaust lift, 4 valves per cylinder
Compression ratio (x:1)9.7:1
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)166 @ 5,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)161 @ 4,000
Transmission type5-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 2.786, II = 1.614, III = 1.082, IV =0.773, V = 0.566, FD = 4.500, R = 2.000


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, Double-wishbone and stabilizer bar
Steering typeVariable assist power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.3:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle LS
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP225/55/R18 97H
Tire size, rearP225/55/R18 97H
Wheel size18-inch
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front11.1-inch ventilated disc
Brakes, rear11.1-inch solid disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.3
0-60 mph (sec.)10
0-75 mph (sec.)15.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.4 @ 79
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)128
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)60.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.77
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.1
@ Full throttle (dB)73.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)69.1

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsVery slow off the line, then once under way the steering tugs to the right and resists re-centering. Smooth but slow shifts -- gears seem spaced far apart.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsExcellent pedal feel, good linearity but fade set in at 5th panic stop. Resists nose dive quite well.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSlalom: Crisp turn-in, good in transition and there's useful rotation available. Pushed too hard (with VSC off) it will oversteer. With VSC on, there's some trimming and only throws the anchor when it needs to. Skidpad: Good balance between under- and oversteer. Steering is communicative. Tires seem to give up before the chassis does. Chops throttle and applies brakes with VDC on.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)30
Temperature (°F)66.5
Wind (mph, direction)2.1 mph SE

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)20 city/25 highway/22 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)20
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,603
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,591
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)57/43
Length (in.)170.4
Width (in.)71.6
Height (in.)69.5
Wheelbase (in.)101.4
Track, front (in.)62.1
Track, rear (in.)62.5
Turning circle (ft.)36.9
Legroom, front (in.)41
Legroom, rear (in.)39.1
Headroom, front (in.)43.3
Headroom, rear (in.)38
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.1
Shoulder room, rear (in.)52.2
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)25.1
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)74.6


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / Unlimited miles
Roadside assistanceNot available
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 Stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 Stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 Stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 Stars
NHTSA rollover resistance3 Stars

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