Best Bet
  • (4.7) 17 reviews
  • MSRP: $6,773$18,969
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 20-22
  • Engine: 166-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 4
2010 Honda Element

Our Take on the 2010 Honda Element

Our Take

The versatile Honda Element is a boxy, compact crossover whose tall styling makes up for modest overall length. Originally pitched as a dorm room on wheels for college-age folks, the Element also appeals to families and senior citizens because of its easy entry and exit and spacious interior. Ava... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Blind spots
  • Modest highway acceleration

Notable Features

  • Roomy, functional interior
  • FWD or AWD
  • Sport-tuned SC variant
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional backup camera

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

I have always liked the Honda Element.There is a quirkiness about this vehicle that helps you overlook some of its misgivings. It doesn't have the best ride, and it's kind of noisy, but it still warms your heart.It's an automotive pug, so ugly it's kind of cute.And like a well-bred dog, the Element improves with every generation. When Honda updated the Element for the 2009 m... Read full review for the 2010 Honda Element

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Consumer Reviews

4.7

Average based on 17 reviews

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Love this vehicle!

by In My Element from Athens, GA on October 9, 2010

When we had our first child, we wanted a bigger car. I had been driving a Corolla for 10 years. The Element attracted my attention because of its interior convertibility with the rear seats (can turn ... Read Full Review

7 Trim Levels Available

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda Element EX

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda Element EX

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

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

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
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

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Honda Element EX

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear 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 6 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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