• (4.6) 44 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $3,423–$10,435
  • 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 Latest Model 2005 Honda Element

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

2005 Honda Element Reviews

Vehicle Overview
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 was launched as a 2003 model.

Honda said the Element combined the best traits of a pickup truck and a sport utility vehicle while retaining the most striking feature of the Model X concept: a pillarless side-door configuration that yields cargo-loading flexibility. Even though it was directly aimed at active young buyers, the Element has appealed to quite a few older folks who appreciate its practical merits.

For 2005, side-impact airbags are standard on EX models, which also gain standard XM Satellite Radio as well as MP3 and Windows Media Audio playback capability. Power mirrors and cruise control have been added to LX models. Built in Ohio, the Element comes with front- or all-wheel drive.


Exterior
Center-opening swing-wide doors with no B-pillar between them are the most notable styling feature of the Element's straightforward exterior design. To create a wide entrance space, the rear doors are hinged at the back while the front doors are front-hinged. The Element is smaller than the Japanese automaker's Pilot SUV, but its styling is undeniably more adventurous.

Interior
Functionality is considered one of the Element's main attractions. The rear seats fold down to create a large, open cargo space in the rugged, easy-to-clean interior. Space is sufficient for hauling surfboards, snowboards, mountain bikes and other outdoors equipment that young buyers with athletic lifestyles are presumed to use. A 270-watt seven-speaker audio system is installed in the EX model.

Under the Hood
The Element's 2.4-liter four-cylinder produces 160 horsepower. Either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission can be installed.

Safety
Antilock brakes and side-impact airbags are standard on the EX model.

Driving Impressions
With its pillarless design and washable floor, this SUV offers substantial versatility and practicality and a distinctive appearance. Approximately 8 inches taller than the Honda CR-V, the Element is very upright and tall.

Don't let the Element's youth-focused credentials sway your decision. Regardless of the driver's age, this can be an enjoyable compact SUV to drive. Its handling is positive and quite precise. The firm suspension yields a smooth ride on good pavement, though the Element gets bouncy on rougher surfaces.

Performance ranks as strong but not stunning. The manual gearbox's shift lever is mounted on the console and is easy to operate. Extra-comfortable seats round out the pluses on one of the more intriguing entrants into the SUV arena.


Consumer Reviews

(4.6)

Average based on 44 reviews

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best car I own

by Miss cupcake from Louisville on December 3, 2017

this car is the best car I own it ride good it low mileage haven't had any major problem had this car sense 2006 love this car

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4 Trims Available

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2005 Honda Element Safety Ratings

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.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Honda Element EX w/Side Airbags

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Honda Element EX w/Side Airbags

Front Seat
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.

Recalls

There are currently 7 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

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

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