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2011 Honda Element

$4,157 — $22,085 USED
Sport Utility
4 Seats
21-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Cargo versatility
  • Safety features
  • Backseat room

The Bad

  • Blind spots
  • Modest highway acceleration
2011 Honda Element exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Honda Element
  • Roomy, functional interior
  • FWD or AWD
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional backup camera

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
34 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Best Car Ever Built (to date)

by Caroline from Park City on September 19, 2018

Don't worry.. this is not a delusional review from a Fanboy. Fully understand the Element will not be winning the Pebble Beach concours d'elegance any time some ...Or Ever. Just wish there was still ... Read full review

(5.0)

I've never been happier

by Wetgummybear from Cleveland, OH on August 14, 2018

My family had owned all kinds of Honda vehicles, and I've liked them all. I then switched over to Subaru for a while and liked them as well but they never felt as natural as a Honda ever did. Then I ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Honda Element currently has 6 recalls


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.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Honda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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