I have wanted an Element for years, but didn't need a new vehicle. When the time came to look for a new car, there was only one I wanted. I did look at other similar vehicles when people suggested the...
I have wanted an Element for years, but didn't need a new vehicle. When the time came to look for a new car, there was only one I wanted. I did look at other similar vehicles when people suggested them, but the Element has two features that fit my lifestyle: rubber floors and removable back seats. A lot of dirt (kids, plants, dogs) makes it way in and out of my vehicle, so the rubber floors have been great. Just a quick sweep and all is good again. I have a young child, whom is with me most of the time, so I must have a back seat. I tend to acquire a lot of furniture, so having a vehicle where one seat can be taken out or folded up to the side, while the other seat stays put, gives me the freedom to carry/haul a lot of things without having to worry about dropping the kid off somewhere first.
As for the other stuff: I think it looks really cool, inside and out. I get tons of compliments on it. Gas mileage isn't bad, even with 4WD, especially considering it falls into the SUV category. And it is a Honda, super reliable, I haven't had a single problem to date with anything. It has a lot more room inside than you would think, fits my 6ft 5in boyfriend just fine.
I think the only downfall is the seating: you have 4 seats, but can squeeze 5 if needed. I have a small family, usually just 2 of us in the car, so it is great for me. But if you are shooting for or have a big family, this is not the vehicle for you.