...Safety: You'll find antilock disc brakes with brake assist, traction control and stability control on every 2008 Honda Element. Front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are also standard. In crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Element earned a perfect five stars for frontal-impact protection. Likewise, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Element a top score of "Good" for frontal-offset crash protection. Interior Design and Special Features: Unlike most compact SUVs, the Honda Element only accommodates four. However, its...
...Offering drivers even more options, the versatile Element comes in a wide variety of trim packages for 2008, in both front-wheel and four-wheel-drive models. Under the hood of all models resides a 2.4-liter, double-overhead-cam i-VTEC four-cylinder engine that produces 166 horsepower. Equipped with variable valve timing and other technologies that help improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, the engine also provides a towing capacity of 15,000 pounds.As in previous years, the Element has side cargo doors that are hinged at the rear and open at the front (also known as suicide doors)...
...I much prefer it over the tiny backseat in Toyota's FJ Cruiser, an SUV with similar access doors. The Element's utility continues up front, where storage nooks abound. SC models have a massive covered bin between the front seats, and all Elements have a three-tiered shelf above the glove box. In my SC test car, I counted 13 compartments — more than double what's in a typical car. The LX and EX have water-resistant seats; I poured some water on the fabric in my EX test car, and it beaded up for easy clean-up. The urethane-coated floors are awfully slippery, however, so make sure to secure...
...The SC sits lower on a revised suspension and has projector-beam headlights. Interior Functionality is considered one of the Element's main attractions. The rear seats fold down to create a large, open cargo space in the rugged, easy-to-clean interior. Space is sufficient for hauling surfboards, snowboards, mountain bikes and other outdoors equipment that young buyers with athletic lifestyles are presumed to use. One of the Element's defining features is missing from the SC: The floor is carpeted, where the regular model has a wipe-clean plastic surface. The dashboard is darker and less...
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