Independent Suspension with Comprehensive Safety Technology

Fully-independent, the Element uses a control link MacPherson strut front suspension and a compact double wishbone rear suspension for responsive handling and a comfortable ride. A 101.4-inch wheelbase contributes to a small footprint, while an ultra-tight turning diameter of 34.9-feet (36.2-feet, Element SC) provides incredible low speed maneuverability in tight places. Vehicle Stability Assist and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist are all standard equipment.

VSA helps sense oversteer and understeer, and can adjust brake pressure at each wheel and/or reduce engine power to help restore the driver's intended course. EBD helps to balance braking forces depending on dynamic loading and Brake Assist helps apply full braking force in some emergency braking situations.

Element LX and EX models have 16-inch wheels (alloy on EX) with all-season P215/70R16 tires. Additional LX and EX standard features include power rack-and-pinion steering and front and rear stabilizer bars (30.0x4.5 mm tube, front/ 21.0 mm solid, rear). New for 2007, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) alerts the driver when tire pressure reaches a critically low level.

The Element SC adds 18-inch alloy wheels (+2 inches), P225/55R18 tires, exclusive spring and damper tuning (30 percent firmer), a lowered ride height (approximately 0.7 inches) and increased rear stabilizer bar size (25.0 mm, solid). Compared to Element LX/EX, the solid front stabilizer bar is 25 percent more stiff and the rear stabilizer bar 30 percent more stiff. The steering rack also provides a 6 percent faster ratio (2.94:1 compared to 3.26:1).

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