• (4.7) 38 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,306$10,682
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 22-23
  • Engine: 160-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 4
2005 Honda Element

Our Take on the 2005 Honda Element

Our Take

Youthful shoppers gave a big thumbs-up when Honda exhibited its Model X concept vehicle at the 2001 North American International Auto Show. Because of that reaction, the innovative light truck wound up on what Honda called the "fast track to production." As a result, the youth-oriented Element wa... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Controversial upright profile
  • Bouncy ride on rough surfaces

Notable Features

  • 160-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD or AWD
  • Pillarless side-door layout
  • Unusually tall profile

Reviews

Consumer Reviews

4.7

Average based on 38 reviews

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Most practical car ever!

by Bob from San Jose, CA on July 8, 2010

I have been wanting a new car for a while but can't seem to find a good enough reason to get rid of my Element. This car is 5 yrs old now and still is in perfect condition. Never had any problems. I'm... Read Full Review

4 Trim Levels Available

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda Element EX w/Side Airbags

Head Restraints and Seats
P
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
P

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda Element EX w/Side Airbags

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
P
Overall Rear
P
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
A

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
M
Driver Head and Neck
A
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
P
Overall Side
P
Rear Passenger Head Protection
M
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
A
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Recalls

There are currently 7 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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