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Honda Element

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2003-2011
2003 Redesign Year
Honda Element 2011
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 $9,925 - $12,150 $7,335 - $9,485
2010 $8,500 - $10,500 $5,900 - $7,850
2009 $7,275 - $9,275 $4,700 - $6,650
2008 $6,275 - $7,875 $3,750 - $5,300
2007 $5,700 - $6,850 $3,190 - $4,290
2006 $5,125 - $6,275 $2,625 - $3,725
2005 $4,675 - $5,750 $2,180 - $3,230
2004 $3,950 - $5,400 $1,580 - $2,880
2003 $3,700 - $5,100 $1,370 - $2,595