Best Bet
(4.6) 39 reviews
MSRP: $4,361$14,965
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 20
Engine: 166-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: 4x4
Seats: 4
2008 Honda Element

Our Take on the 2008 Honda Element

Our Take

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

What We Don't Like

  • Some interior controls poorly executed
  • Modest highway acceleration
  • Aging interior design
  • Backseat conversions somewhat cumbersome

Notable Features

  • Upgraded four-cylinder
  • Many more standard safety features
  • FWD or AWD
  • Sport-tuned SC variant

5 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.