Advanced Powertrain Technology

Honda's 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine delivers generous performance and the available Real Time 4WD (Element LX and EX) provides enhanced all-weather traction. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard equipment and a new 5-speed automatic transmission (previously 4-speed automatic) is available on all models.

For 2007, the DOHC 4-cylinder engine with an aluminum block and head benefits from a 10 horsepower increase, bringing the total output to 166 horsepower at 5800 rpm and 161 lb-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm (SAE net revised 8/04). The horsepower increase is achieved primarily through the addition of high-flow intake and exhaust systems and high-lift camshafts. Additional enhancements include a Drive-by-Wire throttle system.

The Element's i-VTEC system combines Honda's patented VTEC system (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) with Honda's cam position-adjusting VTC system (Variable Timing Control) to enhance low rpm torque while extending high rpm horsepower. This result is a broad torque curve that starts early at low RPMs while still delivering high-revving horsepower.

The five-speed manual transmission features a lightweight and rigid aluminum die-cast housing. Multi-cone synchronizers used on first through fourth gears contribute to a smooth, fluid shift feel while reducing throw distances. Inside, the instrument panel- mounted shift lever facilitates quick, direct gear changes.

The five-speed automatic transmission (available) delivers exceptional smoothness, economy and intuitive shift points. Honda's Grade Logic Control System minimizes gear hunting on hilly roads.

Available on LX and EX trim levels, Element's Real Time 4WD system delivers added traction in snow, rain and sand. Real Time 4WD sends power to the rear wheels when the front wheels experience traction loss. The rear differential contains two internal hydraulic pumps - one driven by the propeller shaft and one driven by the rear wheels - that circulate fluid through an internal multi-plate clutch system. When wheel slippage occurs, the flow rate is greater from the propeller shaft pump and forces the clutches to progressively engage, sending up to 70 percent of the torque to the rear wheels in slick conditions and 30 percent in dry conditions. The system operates automatically and only when needed, requiring no intervention on behalf of the driver to activate.

The vehicle maintenance schedule is calculated by the Maintenance Minder system. The Maintenance Minder system automatically indicates when to have standard service performed based on actual driving conditions (tracked by the ECU) and minimizes the guesswork in determining standard or severe use conditions for maintenance interval purposes. The display indicates when to change the oil, air filter, transmission fluid, spark plugs or coolant, as well as when to rotate the tires. As calculated by the Maintenance Minder system, the Element has an engine tune-up interval of 100,000 miles or more.

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