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2009 Honda Element
2009 Honda Element
Available Price Range $6,553-$17,185 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 20-22 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2009 Honda Element

Our Take

The Honda Element gets some exterior and interior changes for 2009 and also receives some new electronic features. Available in LX, EX and SC trims, the Element competes with rivals such as the Jeep Compass, Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue. The Honda Element receives an updated interior and exterior... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Blind spots
  • Modest highway acceleration

Notable Features

  • Some styling changes
  • FWD or AWD
  • Sport-tuned SC variant
  • Navigation system
  • Rearview camera


Our Expert Reviews

At first look, the 2009 Honda Element seems like the perfect kid-mobile. Virtually every surface in the Element is water-resistant and wipeable. The floor is rubberized and has no cracks or grime-collecting slots. There are tons of cubbies for storage, and there's almost nothing in the car that the kids could destroy. Even the doors work like prison gates to lock the little monsters, um, I... Read full review for the 2009 Honda Element

Consumer Reviews


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A real sweetheart of a car.

by Kodakery from Eugene, OR on February 21, 2010

After a two week trip all over eastern Oregon, packed like sardines in a 2007 Corolla, full of camping gear and a medium sized dog crammed in the passenger wheel well, it was time for a larger car. We... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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