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 11 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

    "It's great for getting around in Montana winters."

    JIM B., MT (2011 Honda Element)

    "It is a beast in the snow. It handles great and makes you feel very safe in bad weather"

    JOSEPH T., RI (2011 Honda Element)


    DARRELL M., TX (2011 Honda Element)


    Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

    What Owners Say

    "upright sitting posture good for front visibility and long rides. Aircon works fine. Ride is not that smooth or quiet"

    Anonymous, GA (2011 Honda Element)

    "the back seats are not comfortable for an adult - too high to see out the windows"

    Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Element)

    "Honda was discontinuing Element& cut out very many details of the 2005. No full size spare tire. Seats are crap, no pull out visors,no moon roof vent,no cup holders in fkoor, 4 my dogs"

    DEBBIE Z., AZ (2011 Honda Element)

    "Seats are a little uncomfortable for long drives. Wish that the noise was a little less."

    RAMONA R., NY (2011 Honda Element)

    "The rear seats are very uncomfortable. There should be a center arm rest and the rear door windows should roll down."

    JOE A., CA (2011 Honda Element)


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

    What Owners Say

    "The Element was a very reasonably priced vehicle that has tremendous interior space and lots of room for a tall driver like me - I'm 6'5" and I have several inches of spare headroom. It will fit a couple of bicycles inside easily so no need for racks. It can handle a couple of kayaks on the roof easily, and it holds the road in all conditions thanks to the AWD, ABS and skid control."

    STEVE M., PA (2011 Honda Element)

    "Vevy little technology available (bluetooth, navigation) even as paid options. Honda was sunsetting the model and we suppose they capped investment. Its a shame because the vehicle overall was a tremendous value for a small SUV with suicide doors and an extremely versatile interior."

    Anonymous, TX (2011 Honda Element)

    "Considering the lack of driver comfort / convenience that were included at the time...this model was was overpriced. Last model year offered and they were still asking top dollar."

    GLENN R., AK (2011 Honda Element)

    "Nice little car for doing local stuff. However I do not drive it much since I am 6'3" and am a crampy in it."

    Anonymous, CT (2011 Honda Element)

    "Despite the high mileage due to long distance driving, the performance is as good as when it was just purchased."

    William D., NC (2011 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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