2005 Honda Element User Reviews

2005 Honda Element Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 18 reviews

  • Performance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Appearance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"space" 5 reviews
"reliable car" 5 reviews
"awd" 4 reviews
"comfortable car" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"storage" 2 reviews
"speed" 2 reviews
"space" 2 reviews

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xxxxxx68 writes:
2005 Honda Element EX AWD Review
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4

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It is a unique little SUV. AWD.  Headroom gives open roomy feel. Better fuel economy than many SUVs. Interior is made to accommodate water soaked clothes and gear. Rear seats are removable and can pivot up and latch flat against the sides. Ahead of its time, the Element is just out of range of real star status due to the lack of real world driveline calibration. Performing maintenance is normal and convenient. This vehicle is honestly hard to replace with a comparable vehicle without paying far too much or sacrificing gas mileage tremendously. With the addition of larger offroad tires snow handling,  grip, ride and offroad clearance and ability improve noticeably well beyond front wheel drive equipped vehicles.

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Quirky handling. 5 speed should be a 6 speed. Fuel consumption increases above 3500 rpm or 70 mph. Weight distribution too much to rear causing front wheel spin on an incline. AWD should start out as RWD engaging front as needed which is opposite to what it does. Makes a funny noise in reverse and gearing can be a bit jerky with manual trans. Incorrect fitting O.E. tires too small for vehicle from factory. Limited storage compartments. Attaching brush guard or bull bar is easy but mounting points are weak and mostly cosmetic. Engine space is tight for serpentine belt replacement. This not a heavy load rated vehicle and can be underpowered for that purpose. Objects and pets will slide on floor if not braced.

xxxxxx68
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Good For Many But Limited For Some. — Unique styling and design accents. Rear passenger doors are inconvenient for passengers and driver at times. Good sound system on EX. Automatic transmission is preferable for this vehicle. Seats 4 but good room for cargo. Oversized tires helped a great deal with the gear ratio/mpg/driveability issue.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Larry writes:
2005 Honda Element EX AWD Review
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Roominess, MPG, versatility.

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NONE

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05 Element. Heavenly — The Element is the best vehicle that I have ever owned! It is so unique. Roomy and fun. Incredible versatility with the seats, waterproof upholstery, good gas mileage. A cranking stereo system and a moonroof in the rear. I guess you can flip all the seats down and camp out in it under the stars and see them from the moonroof. And with AWD, surefootedness on the roads when it counts! It's so sexy too!

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Benji writes:
2005 Honda Element EX AWD Review
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AWD, interior size, functional

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speed, crosswinds suck

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I <3 My Element — i've had this thing for 2.5 years now and i love it. it is lots bigger inside than you could imagine until you try it out. it's pretty sporty to drive for a box with wheels. i like taking the seats out and filling it up with my junk. i can fit skis in there easily. love it

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Louis writes:
2005 Honda Element LX Review
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Reliable, comfortable, versatile.

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Looks like a toolbox on wheels - takes a while to get used to it.

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Lots Of Space, Comfy For 4 People. — I've packed in 3 bikes and 3 people inside - its amazing how versatile this car is. Super easy to clean, maintenance has been hassle free.

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disistotec writes:
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Overall great car.

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$ passenger max

disistotec
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Great All Around Utility Car. — Honda makes a good solid car that keeps their resale value. Overall cost of ownership was very low and this car is dependable and very versatile. Great in snow and ice or on the beach, camping and bike trips. Great cargo space as well.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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nino_1 writes:
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Great sporty looking  - roomy  - comfortable - easy clean up - great for children & pets!

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No Negatives for this vehicle

nino_1
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Fixed Income--need To Sell — Exceptional all purpose vehicle! Great for back and forth to work---shopping and long distance traveling comfort. Easy removal of back seats for additional space. Great sounding radio system! Holds to the road and will not disappoint future owner. There is also 6 months remaining warranty and can be transferred for cost of $50.00

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dmull15245 writes:
2005 Honda Element EX Review
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very versatile and dependable

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not the most handsome car

dmull15245
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Very Utilitarian — It works perfectly for me as I use it for commuting and also for construction work I do on the side. Holds a suprising amount of tools or my golf equipment and buddies on road trips, or for any trade, and it's easy to clean. Best overall car for my needs.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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vinnyh writes:
2005 Honda Element LX Review
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Plenty of cargo room.

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Not a lot of power and gas mileage isn't too good 20MPG in town

vinnyh
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Great Car For Hauling Friends And Pulling The Boat To The Lake With The Dog In The Back. — Awesome car with moderate power, and decent gas mileage, with plenty of cargo space. The interior is very functional. Awesome stereo system that plays MP3 and a bass tube built into the dash. Great for hauling the dog around and bicycles in the back.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Jeff writes:
2005 Honda Element LX Review
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Solid reliable Honda.  Super flexible for hauling anything.

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We Love Our Element! : ) — We love our E. We just bought it off our lease and plan on keeping it for a long time. It is perfect for us. It is fun to drive, gets good gas mileage, and it reliable. I love the fact it has a tailgate to sit on when we go camping. Great for hauling stuff from Home Depot, taking the dogs for a ride, and even going on long trips with. There is generous leg room in both the front and back. My husband has named it Elton.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Good all around.

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Stereo could be better.

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My Element — This is an entry suv kind of Honda. It does what I need it for, which is some hauling and space. I like the style a lot and reliability has been much better than my previous xb. Handling and gas economy is also a plus.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2009 Honda Element Reviews

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2008 Honda Element Reviews

A Decent Car. By Laron

I loved how the car makes you feel huge, meaning that the interior is spacious and head room is decent. Performance wise, the car is average but has power when it is needed. The only thing it needed w... Read More

Best Little S Utility V On The Road By nbjr

I think the Element is the best of the "BOX" Utes (the others just tried to copy the ELMT) on the road. I personally like the 5 Spd trans over the Auto. Better MPG and control. The camping possibil... Read More

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2007 Honda Element Reviews

Fun, Practical By melodyvh

This car is fun and roomy, I like the headspace and overall room. It's very comfortable on road trips, I've camped in it, the seats fold down into each other and make a bed. It's higher off the road s... Read More

Great Reliable Car For Active Lifestyle By ColTiger

I've had this car for seven years and it still has lots of life left in it. The Element is super reliable and is capable of performing just about any task you ask it to do. Great car for a young activ... Read More

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2006 Honda Element Reviews

Awesome Car With Endless Versatility. By jsorensen12

As I mentioned in the pros/cons section, I loved my Element! But had to part with it because of my growing family. It's a do-all vehicle with rock solid reliability. The back seats easily fold up t... Read More

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The is perfect for active lifestyles. Drives like a sports car, gets good gas mileage, plenty of room in front and back and everything folds up and tucks away when putting stuff in the back from the ... Read More

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