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.Read more Read less
The Honda Element enters 2009 with a complete exterior makeover and more space and functionality on the inside. Upgrading its competitive look, the 2009 Element features new headlights and taillights, a new squarer hood design, squared wheel arches, rounded roofline, a front grille surrounded by chrome, and restyled fenders, which are now made of metal instead of composite material. A titanium look pervades the interior with a new low center console, standard on the LX, and a new multi-function center console with removable cooler/storage box on the EX. A new overhead storage console with three configurable compartments is standard on EX and SC trims. New fabric colors and redesigned graphics for the gauges accent all trims. The SC adds unique copper-colored lighting around the gauges, and a carpeted floor replaces the waterproof rubber floor that comes with the LX and EX. The rear skylight has been discontinued. Full-power features, remote entry, and a 4-speaker sound system with CD player are now standard on all trims. Standard on the SC and EX are an MP3 jack, satellite radio, and wheel-mounted audio controls. SC and EX trims now have a USB interface available and a 270-watt stereo system with seven speakers and a front center-mounted 6.5-inch subwoofer. New options for the SC and EX also include a bundled rearview camera and voice-activated navigation system that can also play MP3 files via a flash-card slot and iPod jack. Bluetooth is available for all trims. An optional navigation system is available for the SC and EX.
Practical cargo utility; updated stylish exterior; easy-access interior and controls
Based on the CR-V platform, the versatile 2009 Honda Element is well-suited for people who carry gear for outdoor activities, and for those with dogs. Its compact overall dimensions, good maneuverability and tall driving position make it a great urban vehicle. With plenty of standard safety equipment and a low base price, the Element makes a good value proposition. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2009 Element five out of five-stars for front- and side-impact crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the 2009 Element a "Good" rating (the highest possible) in frontal offset and side impact testing, and awarded it a "Top Safety Pick" distinction.