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Honda Element
2003 Redesign Year
Honda Element 2011 Trim Shown: 2011 EX

Boxy and distinctive, the Honda Element was based on a CR-V platform. Aimed at the active outdoor enthusiast, it has a spacious and flexible interior with a plastic-covered floor that is easy to clean. All four seats can fold back flat, making a bed of sorts, and the rear seats fold up against the sides or can be removed. There's no pillar between the front and the rear-hinged rear doors, so opening both creates a wide opening for loading and unloading cargo. Despite these unique features, it wasn't as nice to live with overall as the CR-V. Those rear-hinged rear doors can be a hassle, and the thick roof pillars interfere with the view out. It's a long reach to the steering wheel, there are only seats for four, and a low payload capacity limits its utility. The Element handles well enough, but is noisy and has a choppy ride. Acceleration is adequate from the 2.4-liter four; expect 21 mpg overall with all-wheel-drive. Without optional side airbags, the Element scored Poor in the IIHS side-crash test. 2007 brought standard curtain airbags, which improved the IIHS side-crash test to Good. Earlier versions had antilock brakes only on the EX trim; ABS and stability control became standard for 2007. 2011 was its last year.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2011 $14,100 - $17,375 $11,300 - $14,400
2010 $12,200 - $15,175 $9,440 - $12,240
2009 $10,225 - $13,100 $7,550 - $10,250
2008 $8,575 - $10,650 $5,955 - $7,905
2007 $7,175 - $9,200 $4,610 - $6,510
2006 $6,300 - $8,425 $3,770 - $5,770
2005 $5,700 - $7,500 $3,195 - $4,895
2004 $4,650 - $6,775 $2,220 - $4,220
2003 $4,050 - $6,125 $1,740 - $3,590