What Is a Honda Element?

The Element is a bit of an aging design, and that shows in its somewhat-cheap-feeling interior, which isn't up to snuff with more modern Hondas. The boxy shape, though, is a utilitarian's dream. The fold-to-the-side rear seats allow for a truly flat floor that's great for weekend athletes' bikes or other gear, as is the plastic floor itself.

If you're camping, the front and rear seats fold down to form a makeshift bed.

It's this type of Transformers-like action that makes the Element an endearing car despite its somewhat anemic four-cylinder engine, which is less powerful and less efficient than the four-cylinder in the Honda CR-V. Comparable trims of the CR-V cost about $1,000 more than the Element.

You'd have to be someone who would take advantage of the Element's unique interior layout or smaller size — it's 10 inches shorter than the CR-V from bumper to bumper — to consider a purchase.

    See also:

    Installing a Child Seat with a Tether
    A child seat with a tether can be installed in any seating position in the back seat. Each rear outside seating position has an anchorage point on the seatback, and the center seating positio ...

    Interior & Cargo
    A winged dashboard layout keeps things as simple as possible in a minivan loaded with gizmos. The center stack of controls is broken up into a number of zones: climate controls on top, then audio ...

    How to Select a Play Mode
    You can select repeat and shuffle modes when playing a file. 1. Press the SETUP button. 2. Rotate to select Play Mode, then press . 3. Rotate to select a mode, then press . ■ To turn ...