The Element's boxy, offbeat styling generates a lot of attention, but the vehicle is fraught with compromises. It has a cavernous interior, but it's only a four-seater with a skimpy 675-pound payload capacity. So it can be easily overloaded. The vehicle handles nimbly and has a smooth, refined powertrain, but it has a choppy ride, noisy cabin, an awkward driving position, and obstructed outward visibility.
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    Overall Owner Satisfaction

    Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

    Overall Owner Satisfaction

    Owner Satisfaction with:

    Driving Experience

    Includes acceleration and handling

    What Owners Say

    "noisy and stiff but AWD is excellent in all weather"

    Joe S., NC (2006 Honda Element)

    "It has blind spots when passing."

    Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Element)

    "You learn to drive cautiously in the Element -- it is not particularly fast or agile and it rides tall in high winds. It is a great, reliable car. It is not a sports car."

    Valerie Y., CO (2006 Honda Element)

    "Does not turn well."

    Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Element)

    "acceleration & handling is good"

    Lawrence S., FL (2006 Honda Element)

    "overall the performance is fine. the pick up is decent but could be better. it's not very aerodynamic and so you feel much more of the wind with handling"

    Grant M., TX (2006 Honda Element)

    "It has all wheel drive and never gets stuck in snow or ice! Best vehicle air have ever had in this regard!"

    John R., BC (2006 Honda Element)

    "The turning radius is great! Visibility is very good in all directions."

    Arlin S., AZ (2006 Honda Element)

    "Handles well in the snow. No known for excelleration."

    Anonymous, NH (2006 Honda Element)

    "Ride is choppy because of short wheelbase and road noise"

    John S., ON (2006 Honda Element)

    "The Element has a busy jiggly ride. Also every road bump comes through."

    David W., MO (2006 Honda Element)

    "A little hesitant to accelerate"

    Cristi B., CA (2006 Honda Element)

    "a bit on the sluggish side accelerating from one speed to another; may be a computer setting issue to be remedied by service."

    Christopher D., ME (2006 Honda Element)

    "It is peppy and accelerates well for a four cylinder. Even being 10 years old this hasn't changed. It is also very easy to move around in small spaces, although the sight lines are poor."

    JULIE R., ON (2006 Honda Element)

    "Front side pillars are to wide block your view. Back doors are a pain as you have to open the front door first."

    Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Element)

    "Slow acceleration (due to 4cyl. engine and heavy vehicle weight)."

    Anonymous, AZ (2006 Honda Element)

    "A little boxy but overall good"

    ELIZABETH E., NC (2006 Honda Element)

    Comfort

    Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

    What Owners Say

    "Front seats are wearing out due to high mileage, heavy use."

    Timothy G., SC (2006 Honda Element)

    "Seating is good as it is supportive, sits sup high and straight and has endured well over much use. Driving noise is fairly loud."

    Anonymous, MD (2006 Honda Element)

    "The car is noisy, bumpy, and uncomfortable to drive."

    Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Element)

    "It's a noisy vehicle, with OK comfort in the seats. Very utilitarian."

    Anonymous, VT (2006 Honda Element)

    "The seats are bucket seats and are not comfortable for my back."

    Anonymous, NC (2006 Honda Element)

    "The chair-styled seats offer good back support."

    Arlin S., AZ (2006 Honda Element)

    "comfortable ride and exceptionally versatile and usable interior space for hauling people and gear and camping out."

    Christopher D., ME (2006 Honda Element)

    "Rides like an unsprung go-kart!"

    Joe S., NC (2006 Honda Element)

    "Seats are very stiff, but not unusual for purpose/price of vehicle."

    JAY H., GA (2006 Honda Element)

    "Seats are easy to clean, and front is comfortable. Back is hard to enter for anyone with strength or balance issues, so it limits passengers that can be carried in back. No elderly relatives etc."

    JULIE R., ON (2006 Honda Element)

    "The seats in my Element are bucket seats. They are not comfortable for someone who is having back problems. I prefer for the seat to be more level. I'm having to use a seat cushion wedge to sit on."

    Anonymous, NC (2006 Honda Element)

    "Some road noise"

    Anonymous, WA (2006 Honda Element)

    "bought used & initially had problems w/the solenoid electrical -once resolved has been great. Seats not that comfortable & gas mileage poor for 4cylinder is my biggest issue."

    Anonymous, CT (2006 Honda Element)

    "Front seats have no support for tall people on long trips...TORTURE!"

    RANDY F., TX (2006 Honda Element)

    "My wife and I ride bicycles quite a bit, and the folding seats in the Honda Element allow us to transport our bikes without having to take off the front tires."

    LUIS P., PR (2006 Honda Element)

    "The ride is a bit bumpy and noisy. Especially in the back seat. But we love the stadium seating."

    CATHERINE M., AB (2006 Honda Element)

    Value

    Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

    What Owners Say

    "Since the model has been discontinued, they appear to be in demand and prices are good"

    Frank M., AZ (2006 Honda Element)

    "I've had it for 12 years and have had to pay for major repairs. But overall, it's a workhorse that I want to keep as long as possible."

    Anonymous, VT (2006 Honda Element)

    "Excellent reliability. Low maintenance cost, no rust (live in the northeast) excellent in snow."

    David P., NY (2006 Honda Element)

    "Excellent utility vehicle. Good space and easy to clean with rubber/plastic floors."

    Vince C., MN (2006 Honda Element)

    "The mileage sucks - but what do you expect driving a 'box.' That said, I LOVE this vehicle and I wish Honda would produce them again. I'd buy another one in a heartbeat. I'll probably end up buying a Kia Soul because Honda stopped manufacturing the Element. I'm heartbroken."

    Rebecca W., MO (2006 Honda Element)

    "This is a good running car for the money. all wheel drive good in the snow"

    Lawrence S., FL (2006 Honda Element)

    "Excellent value, rock solid, no unexpected service issues. I will probably keep this card forever."

    Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Element)

    "This car has been a steady workhorse -- very dependable, sure on the road, and minimal maintenance costs. Great value!"

    Valerie Y., CO (2006 Honda Element)

    "Honda reliability and maintenance durability"

    John S., ON (2006 Honda Element)

    "Bullet proof, reliable, handy. We are getting ready to trade this in and will miss it."

    Rich M., CA (2006 Honda Element)

    "Great for carrying cargo, clean up and reconfiguring cargo space. Plus 4 wheel drive for all weather ops."

    Vince C., MN (2006 Honda Element)

    "Is a good car tp run around in. Not comfortable for long rides. Good in snow, all wheel drive. Not made anymore"

    Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Element)

    "Great car low maintenance"

    JOSE A., CA (2006 Honda Element)

    "Back seat very uncomfortable. Excellent multipurpose vehicle. Great visibility"

    ELIZABETH E., NC (2006 Honda Element)

    Styling

    How it looks inside and out

    What Owners Say

    "Do not like the suicide doors."

    CATHERINE M., AB (2006 Honda Element)

    "Element is the most flexible vehicle for cargo and seating. I have heavily modified the interior to meet my needs."

    TIM G., SC (2006 Honda Element)

    "Love the styling. Easy to clean interior. Good view from windows. Like the rugged feel"

    ANN M., OH (2006 Honda Element)

    "Great cargo room - rear seats fold up or can be removed completely and easily; wide open double door opening. Great for hauling cargo and pets. Rubberized flooring throughout is easy to clean."

    Anonymous, AZ (2006 Honda Element)

    "the interior is very versatile for my dogs & hauling stuff,large interior & love that the floor is not carpeted, i have car mats that can be removed.The seats are not very comfortable compared to the Jeep & my old saab. You really notice this on longer trips"

    Anonymous, CT (2006 Honda Element)

    Would you buy this car again?

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    Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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