The Element is an offbeat utility vehicle with plenty of interior space. But it seats only four, the low weight-carrying capacity limits its utility and large roof pillars compromise outward visibility. Interior noise is pronounced and the ride is stiff and jittery. Handling is fairly nimble, but in emergency maneuvers, the tail tends to slide out, even with stability control.
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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

"Great in snow and icy conditions. Very stable"

TOM G., OR (2009 Honda Element)

"Zips around town and is very easy to park with the size and turning radius."

DAVID Y., PA (2009 Honda Element)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Road noise is fairly high. Seats are not comfortable for long trips"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Honda Element)

"The suspension was way too soft as delivered. I added an aftermarket suspension kit which greatly improved handling -- especially at freeway speeds."

ROBERT D., CA (2009 Honda Element)

"Drove from Toronto to North Carolkna each year to visit family Both if us were crippled with back pain each time. Hondas seem to not be comfortable for larger north american physiques."

DON M., ON (2009 Honda Element)

"The seat bottoms are too small from the back to front leaving your legs "hanging" which gives some discomfort for long driving times."

MIKE B., CT (2009 Honda Element)

"Seats are very comfortable even after 8 years"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Honda Element)

"Seats are suprisingly comfortable."

Sam S., GA (2009 Honda Element)

"the seats have taken a real beating and still look new. The material is hard wearing yet comfortable. With the proper tires this tin box can be real quiet on the highway. the rear seat heat is also a great feature and works a treat."

Lawrence C., ON (2009 Honda Element)

"Great car for its size transporting items."

Alan P., NJ (2009 Honda Element)


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


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Hey, it's a box. But it is a very versatile box. I'll hide behind "form follows function" to defend the boxy styling."

ROBERT D., CA (2009 Honda Element)
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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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