I’ll be honest: I’ve never been a fan of the Element. When it came out in 2003 I thought it was strange — it just didn’t look like any non-concept car I’d ever seen. I did think the water-resistant floor was a nice touch, though. Then a funny thing happened. Lots of cars started to get boxy like the Element.
Now Honda is offering a new Element model — the SC — for 2007, and has upgraded the standard Element LX and EX. Although, when I sat and listened to a corporate presentation about the SC, I wasn’t buying that anyone in their ideal demographic, making $70,000, would plunk down $22K for a Root Beer Metallic (that’s actually the name of one of the paint colors) box on wheels.
But the more I saw of the other vehicles the company had on hand in black and silver, the more I liked it. Then I got to take the Root Beer SC for a ride.