2006 Honda Element
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Worth Every Penny I paid for it.

by from Long Island , New York on September 7, 2009

This review will probably be unlike most, but if you are considering buying the Element, read on. I bought my "ugly green truck", as my wife likes to call it, because it fit my lifestyle; snowboarding...
This review will probably be unlike most, but if you are considering buying the Element, read on. I bought my "ugly green truck", as my wife likes to call it, because it fit my lifestyle; snowboarding, scuba, kayaking, mountain biking, heck I even fit my 8'9" longboard inside before I bought the surfboard rack. Of all of the Elements positives, the one I want to boast about today is safety. As I Am writing this I have just arrived home from the hospital. Twenty four hours ago my wife and I where involved in a three car accident. The two drivers in front of us decided to fight it out for the middle lane. The resulting collision of these two vehicle sent one of them spinning 360 degrees around into a guard rail, it then bounced off spun again and struck my Element with myself and my seven month pregnant wife inside. I have not heard from the insurance adjuster, but I suspect my Element will be totaled, my wife, my unborn daughter, and I did not have a scratch on us. The hospital stay was a precaution to monitor the Baby. In my estimation the Element deserves every star of the NHTSA's five star crash rating. It has front, side and side curtain airbags, go to the Honda website and read the laundry list of safety features on this car. The styling of the Element may not suit everyones tastes, but thank God the people at Honda had the courage to make a vehicle that does not compromise on the important things. I do not know whether or not my Element can be repaired or not, but I do know one thing. When my daughter is born in two months, I will be driving her home from the hospital in a Honda Element.
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Great for Hauling

by from Mayville, Wisconsin on April 14, 2011

This is my 3rd Element. I love the flexibility and room in the back end. Great for hauling major tools and dogs. These cars are excellent runners. Would have given this 2006 all 5 stars but this one i...
This is my 3rd Element. I love the flexibility and room in the back end. Great for hauling major tools and dogs. These cars are excellent runners. Would have given this 2006 all 5 stars but this one is an automatic. Have always had manual transmissions which makes it more reactive quickly and I miss being able to downshift, rather than braking in snowy conditions. My other 2 elements are still on the road, 03 EX AWD being driven by my son with approx 130K - no problems and the 05 EX AWD being driven by my daughter with approx 100K. These are excellent handling vehicles. The space inside with the seats down is substantial - major leg & headroom. Only seats 4 but never had a need to seat more. The only bad thing is that this is the last year (11) they will be produced and are not putting out manual transmissions this last year either. I bought the 06 because it was an exceptional deal and only had 30K miles. The tow package, roof racks, and hot red color were an extra bonus. Love it even though it's an automatic.
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GREAT for trips or around town

by from on March 5, 2009

I love my Element! Its lots of fun to drive and can be a GREAT camping vehicle. All sorts of accessories can be purchased including kit for back floor board to make into table and I LOVE how the seats...
I love my Element! Its lots of fun to drive and can be a GREAT camping vehicle. All sorts of accessories can be purchased including kit for back floor board to make into table and I LOVE how the seats can be moved around so much. I have hauled all sorts of things in my Element!
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most reliable

by from AZ on June 21, 2010

I have 56 thousand miles on my Element. I have never had one thing go wrong with it during the 4 years that I have had it, not one thing! I have taken it all across the country, from Connecticut to Or...
I have 56 thousand miles on my Element. I have never had one thing go wrong with it during the 4 years that I have had it, not one thing! I have taken it all across the country, from Connecticut to Oregon, from Alabama to Arizona. It is a great vehicle and totally reliable. I would recommend it to anyone. I average 24 to 27 mpg. I take good care of it because it takes good care of me.
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Like it more than I want to....

by from Portland, OR on January 17, 2008

Late 2006, wanting a fun-to-drive small car with cargo space for big dogs, bicycles, and other bulky items, and with no Honda Fit available in the Portland, OR area, I purchased a silver Element EX-P,...
Late 2006, wanting a fun-to-drive small car with cargo space for big dogs, bicycles, and other bulky items, and with no Honda Fit available in the Portland, OR area, I purchased a silver Element EX-P, 5-speed. Bottom line: this is a few-frills, small little trucklet, with mediocre driving dynamics, that is maddenly efficient at carrying all manner of stuff. After 20 months and 20K trouble-free miles, getting ~ 24mpg (I coast alot, really), I've given up trying not to like it. Foo. The interior has acres of hard plastic, and there's few cabin ammenities, but everything functions well, and the element drives nimbly--though you'd never mistake it's driving characteristics for a 'sporty' car in a zillion years. Our kids have 4 legs and fur, they can jump in the back with ease, so the wacky side doors don't bother us much. A mountain bike (or 2) fits inside with ease, and I've slept inside it, during a solo camping trip--with the gear and bike inside, also. So the Element hits the mark for 2 'sport-hogs' adults (even us in our 40's), with dogs, and gear. This little pokey truck continues to grow on me, dang it.
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Lots of fun

by from Niles, Mi on January 28, 2010

Very reliable, awd works great for winter driving, rear passengers love the stadium seating, lots of fun to drive, easy to park, a great value, I would buy again.
Very reliable, awd works great for winter driving, rear passengers love the stadium seating, lots of fun to drive, easy to park, a great value, I would buy again.
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Great outdoors rig

by from Montana on June 28, 2008

The Element has been the ultimate vehicle for my lifestyle, which includes many fishing, hiking, backpacking, camping and road trips. Its access is great for loading and unloading gear, easy to keep c...
The Element has been the ultimate vehicle for my lifestyle, which includes many fishing, hiking, backpacking, camping and road trips. Its access is great for loading and unloading gear, easy to keep clean and has enough room for four people and their gear for a day trip. Its all wheel drive, handling, ground clearance and fuel economy make it ideal for any kind of adventure, though it is more of a rough-roader than an off-roader. Its AWD and ABS make it a tank in the snow and ice. All around versatility, cargo capability and high fun to drive factor make this a great car despite its "toaster" styling.
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The best package

by from Columbia, Mo on December 2, 2007

The Honda Element is very square and very spacious. The brakes should last forever, because if you lift off the gas, it slows like it has a parachute. The back seat is the largest space for two in all...
The Honda Element is very square and very spacious. The brakes should last forever, because if you lift off the gas, it slows like it has a parachute. The back seat is the largest space for two in all the 40 previous cars I've owned. I bet it is rivaled only by the Maybach. The best part is that it is so user friendly, all wheel drive makes it useful, and the fuel economy is darn good in town, decent for an SUV on the highway. The cashier at the Honda store told me that Element drivers are "happy people". That is pretty neat.
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Great deal for the money

by from Shelby, NC on November 13, 2006

Have owned the EX-P for a couple of months now. Almost 3000 miles on it. Only drawback I've seen is a tad more road noise than I would like, but I figure a different tire would fix that. All in all...
Have owned the EX-P for a couple of months now. Almost 3000 miles on it. Only drawback I've seen is a tad more road noise than I would like, but I figure a different tire would fix that. All in all, I really like the utility of this vehicle, it's very easy to keep clean, and it's roomy too. Gas mileage is within the rated numbers. Very pleased.
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Lovin' my Element

by from Memphis, TN on May 6, 2011

Love love love the amount of space in the interior, handles beautifully. This is my first SUV...I have always been a small Toyota and Volkswagen owner. Gas mileage is certainly not what I'm used to, b...
Love love love the amount of space in the interior, handles beautifully. This is my first SUV...I have always been a small Toyota and Volkswagen owner. Gas mileage is certainly not what I'm used to, but not as bad as I had expected. It is very versatile...so easy to flip up the rear seats or remove them completely. So easy to clean the interior. It's perfect for our family.
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