2011 Honda Element

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2011 Honda Element
2011 Honda Element

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Cargo versatility
  • Safety features
  • Backseat room

The bad:

  • Blind spots
  • Modest highway acceleration

2 trims

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  • LX


  • EX


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Notable features

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

2011 Honda Element review: Our expert's take

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.

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

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

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


Reliable, versatile, funky-fun vehicle

Honda Element is not for everyone. Maybe that’s why I like it so much. Extremely reliable and versatile vehicle. Off the charts in funky factor. Loads of space to carry just about anything.


My best friend has owned 2. I've driven it and lov

This car has met all my needs. It's roomy, also I attend a lot of festivals which I camp most of the time and this car is perfect for sleeping in and also acts as a truck for my landscaping biz.


Best of the fleet!

I currently own five late model vehicles, (Cadillac, Explorer, F150 crew cab, Jeep Wangler, and a 2011 Honda Element) the Element is by far my favorite! I’ve heard the Element described as the “Swiss Army Knife” of SUV’s ... how true!!! I bought the car new, it currently has 110k miles and runs like the day I drove it out of the showroom. So sad Honda stopped making this car

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
HondaTrue Certified: More than 1 and less than 6 years/more than 12,000 miles HondaTrue Certified+: Less than 1 year/less than 12,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
HondaTrue Certified: 12 months/12,000 miles HondaTrue Certified+: 24 months/50,000 miles
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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