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The two-wheel-drive Element LX starts at $18,980 without the destination charge. Standard features include power windows and locks, water-resistant front seats, heavy-duty urethane floors, air conditioning, cruise control, a CD stereo and remote keyless entry. The $20,990 EX adds body-colored exterior cladding for a more uniform appearance, as well as 16-inch alloy wheels, water-resistant fabric for the backseat and an upgraded stereo with an auxiliary MP3 jack. Adding all-wheel drive ($1,400) to either model also gives you a fixed glass skylight over the cargo area. No conventional moonroof is available.

At $22,775, the Element SC adopts modified exterior styling and a sport-tuned suspension, as well as 18-inch wheels, piano-black interior trim and red gauges. The urethane floors and waterproof seats are dropped for regular fabric and carpets, but the center console gets another 12V outlet. (Fewer kayaks, more … boom boxes?)

On any trim level, substituting an automatic transmission for the manual adds $800.

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