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Honda Element

The Honda Element is a compact five-door crossover SUV produced from 2003 to 2011 in East Liberty, Ohio. The auto comes with front- and four-wheel drive.

When the Element was introduced in 2003, the model quickly gained popularity, especially among young, active people, as it represented a new market of compact SUVs. Soon, the Element got rivals in the segment when other automakers – Nissan, Kia, Scion, Ford – realized how profitable and promising it was. A wider choice of compact SUVs by other automobile manufacturers, which often were more affordable than the ones by Honda, as well as competition within own model range led to the Element’s sales decline that, in its turn, resulted in its discontinuation.

The 2011 Honda Element: Trim Levels & Dimensions

The 2011 Honda Element comes in two trim levels, the LX and EX, both front- and all-wheel-drive each. It should be brought to notice that the SC trim level isn’t available for the car of this production year. An interesting feature is that looking really compact outside, the Element is very spacious both for passengers and cargo inside.

Both trim levels have the same dimensions: length -169.9 in, width – 71.6 in, height – 70.4 in, wheelbase – 101.4 in. However, curb weight is different for each model: the LX FWD weighs 3,515 lb, LX AWD – 3,624 lb, EX FWD – 3,540 lb, and the EX AWD – 3,641 lb. Towing capacity for all modifications is 1,500 lb. One of the parameters, which are few in number, that differs the LX from EX is a wheel type: for the LX, it’s 16-in with Full Covers; the Element EX runs on 16-in alloy wheels.

As for space inside the cabin, the models aren’t different, too: head room at the front makes 43 in while at the back it’s 38 in; shoulder room at the front is 57 in, at the back – 52 in; and hip room at the front is 55 in. Cargo capacity amounts to 25.1 cb ft if all seats are in place. Maximum cargo capacity is 74.6 cu ft.

Powertrain & Mileage

The Elements of both trim levels are powered by an in-line four-cylinder engine which displacement is 2.354 cc with an aluminium-alloy engine block. The engine is coupled with a five-speed automatic gearbox. The Element LX and EX produce 166 hp at 5,800 rpm and 161 lb/ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Among others, Drive-by-Wire Throttle System and Direct Ignition System with Immobilizer come as standard.

Having the same fuel tank capacity, 15.9 gal, the EPA estimated mileage depending on a wheel drive type. As a result, the LX and EX FWD run 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway (22 mpg combined); the LX and EX AWD are estimated at 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway (21 mpg combined).

Safety Features

The 2011 Honda Element of both trim levels is equipped with the front three-point seat belts with automatic tensioning system, front side airbags, dual-stage multiple-threshold front airbags, and driver and front passenger’s seat belt reminder. Other passengers are protected by three-point seat belts and side curtain airbags (in the case of emergency, the latter are deployed along the full length of side windows).

Among other standard safety features are brake assist, ABS, tire pressure monitoring system, electronic brake distribution with traction control, and some others. Daytime running lights and side-impact door beams also promote passengers and driver’s safety on the road and in the case of a car accident.

On the list of the Honda Element’s convenience gimmicks are rear privacy glass, air conditioning, power side mirrors, rear window defroster, height-adjustable driver’s seat, dome light, 120-watt AM/FM/CD four-speaker audio system (on the LX) and 270-Watt AM/FM/CD seven-speaker audio system with Subwoofer (on the EX), etc.

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