2011 Honda Element

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Honda Element. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Cargo versatility
  • Safety features
  • Backseat room

The Bad

  • Blind spots
  • Modest highway acceleration

Notable Features of the 2011 Honda Element

  • Roomy, functional interior
  • FWD or AWD
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional backup camera

2011 Honda Element Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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. The Element competes with rivals such as the Jeep Compass, Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue.

New for 2011
Honda has dropped the SC trim, which had a carpeted cargo area as opposed to the plastic used in other trims.

Exterior
The Element's headlamps and grille give the compact crossover a family resemblance to its larger, more sedate cousin, the Pilot. Element's trademark center-opening swing-wide doors with no center roof pillar remain a distinguishing feature. Exterior features include:

  • Available 16- or 18-inch wheels
  • Standard power mirrors
  • Chrome exhaust tips (EX and SC)
  • Optional fog lamps

Interior
The Element seats four, and the rear seats can be folded flat, folded up to the sides or removed — Honda claims 64 different seating configurations — creating a large, open cargo space. There is also a three-compartment overhead storage unit. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard power windows and locks
  • Standard water-resistant seats
  • Optional 270-watt audio system
  • Optional GPS navigation system
  • Optional MP3 jack

Under the Hood
The Element keeps the same powertrain offerings as before. Mechanical features include:

  • 166-horsepower, 2...
Vehicle Overview

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. The Element competes with rivals such as the Jeep Compass, Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue.

New for 2011
Honda has dropped the SC trim, which had a carpeted cargo area as opposed to the plastic used in other trims.

Exterior
The Element's headlamps and grille give the compact crossover a family resemblance to its larger, more sedate cousin, the Pilot. Element's trademark center-opening swing-wide doors with no center roof pillar remain a distinguishing feature. Exterior features include:

  • Available 16- or 18-inch wheels
  • Standard power mirrors
  • Chrome exhaust tips (EX and SC)
  • Optional fog lamps

Interior
The Element seats four, and the rear seats can be folded flat, folded up to the sides or removed — Honda claims 64 different seating configurations — creating a large, open cargo space. There is also a three-compartment overhead storage unit. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard power windows and locks
  • Standard water-resistant seats
  • Optional 270-watt audio system
  • Optional GPS navigation system
  • Optional MP3 jack

Under the Hood
The Element keeps the same powertrain offerings as before. Mechanical features include:

  • 166-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with 161 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed automatic transmission
  • Available front- or all-wheel drive

Safety
Available safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock braking system
  • Standard electronic stability system with traction control
  • Optional backup camera

 


Latest 2011 Element Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Best Dog Car Ever

by JDL from Atlanta, Ga on June 9, 2018

Honda Element is the most practical car ever. Small and easy to drive, it still holds a surprising amount of cargo for it's size. Not fancy, but practical and a Honda that should run forever. Low ... Read full review

(5.0)

ONCE YOU OWN AN ELEMENT HOOKED FOREVER

by PHASTPHREDDIE on April 18, 2018

ONCE YOU OWN AN ELEMENT YOU'LL BE HOOKED FOREVER LITTLE LACKING ON COMFORT BUT HANDS DOWN THE MOST UTILITARIAN CAR I'VE EVER OWNED MUST DRIVE ONE! EXCELLENT FOR DOGS FLORIST CARPENTER ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Honda Element currently has 6 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Honda Element LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Honda

Program Benefits

Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (3 years/36,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Element received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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