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.

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