2004 Honda Element

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Key Specs
Our Take
Safety & Recalls
Warranty & CPO
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Key Specs

of the 2004 Honda Element. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Versatile cargo loading
  • Distinctive appearance
  • Reputation for reliability
  • Five-star frontal crash-test rating
  • Fuel economy

The Bad

  • Controversial upright profile
  • Promoted as youth vehicle
  • Bouncy ride on rough surfaces

Notable Features of the 2004 Honda Element

  • Youth-oriented design
  • Pillarless side-door layout
  • Unusually tall profile
  • Space to haul youthful gear
  • Front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value For The Money

What Drivers Are Saying


awesome car

by Cape Cod Sal from cape cod Sal on September 20, 2018

awesome Car....dependable reliable and fun to drive.....Cape Cod Auto Connection is awesome.....you will agree.....very helpful and large inventory to choose from.....great place to shop for a car Read full review


Best car for hauling stuff

by Kmbrlymm on July 25, 2018

I loved this car a ton. I once got an entire washer and dryer inside of it! Handled great. Not terrible gas mileage. Would have loved a more super up version but for a basic car it was stellar!! Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2004 Honda Element currently has 8 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2004 Honda Element DX

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

5 Star
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
4 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Element received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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