The 2009 Honda Element is a four-passenger entry-level crossover sport utility vehicle. The Element is able to maximize interior space for passengers and cargo while holding on to its relatively small-size and car-like driving traits. The Honda Element is available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive setups, as well as a variety of trim levels ranging from the LX, the EX and up to the SC. All trims of the Element have Honda's 166 hp 2.4L inline 4-cylinder engine. This is connected to either a five-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic transmission. Honda Element standard features include four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist, Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, front side-impact airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags and a tire pressure monitor. New for 2009, the Element has received exterior and interior styling updates, the front seats now feature active anti-whiplash head restraints and the rear skylight has been discontinued. The Honda Element's fuel economy is rated at 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.