• (4.7) 24 reviews
  • MSRP: $8,136–$21,464
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 21-22
  • Engine: 166-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 4
2011 Honda Element

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Honda Element

What We Don't Like

  • Blind spots
  • Modest highway acceleration

Notable Features

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

2011 Honda Element Reviews

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

4.7

Average based on 24 reviews

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Single-Handed the Greatest Car I ever owned.

by SynnerSyndrome from ALEXANDRIA, VA on October 1, 2017

I owned this car for 6 years and the transmission and other parts prematurely died at 91,600 miles. There were repairs that would have cost about 8k over 2 years so I traded it in. BIG MISTAKE. The ... Read Full Review

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4 Trims Available

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2011 Honda Element Safety Ratings

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.

Recalls

There are currently 5 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.

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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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