2006 Honda Element User Reviews

2006 Honda Element Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 21 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 8 reviews
"reliable car" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"big space" 4 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
CONS
"seat" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"doors" 2 reviews
"noise" 2 reviews

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Pete writes:
2006 Honda Element EX-P AWD Review
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Space

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Gas mileage, 20 around town.

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My Element — This car/ small SUV is perfect for us, especially with all of the space that it has inside. The negative is that it only seats 4, but we don't need anymore than that. I would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a small SUV especially an import like Honda or Toyota.

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Steve_D writes:
2006 Honda Element EX-P AWD Review
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5

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Cargo Space, Utility, AWD, Reliability, Easy Care, Uniqueness, Go anywhere, Handling, Corners very well for a tall vehicle, Sunroof, Stereo.

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Only 4 passengers, Wind/Road noise, only tows 1500 lbs

Steve_D
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Swiss Army Knife Of Cars — This car hits the sweet spot for me, One of the drop down questions on this survey is "What did you mainly use this car for?"...I could check all of the options (commuting to work, family transportation, recreation, and utility)...that's what makes this car so nice. Commute to work -easy to park, great stereo, excellent visibility, better than Truck/Large SUV gas mileage, drives fine at 75, kick ass stereo Recreation -throw bikes in the back, day at the beach (no sand in the carpet), Camping, Kids games Around the House - Hauls to the Dump, Runs to Home Depot, picking up large items at garage sales/craigs list, pets to the vet There's nothing like it on the road today, for a niche car it definetly does many things very well. The ride is harsher and there is more outside noise than my 04 Camry, but these shortcomings are a result of the functional design.

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pasiebert writes:
2006 Honda Element EX Review
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5

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So much room! We have literally carried a washer and dryer (in the boxed) home from the appliance store in the back.
Easy to clean! With the utilitarian interior, it is a breeze to clean, and holds up great with pups.
Flip up seats! Put them up and you can carry anything you need to (rototiller, kennels, moving boxes.    

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Back doors are a little inconvenient when getting out of the back seat in a parking lot (but great when you have lots of room).

pasiebert
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One Of The Best! — We have had this car for about 3 years now. It has been nothing but reliable. We have had standard things done to it, and it is plugging away. There is hardly any need to own a truck when you have an Element, and when you don't need to carry anything around with you it very comfortable to ride in. Defiantly not a luxury vehicle, but has everything to make it enjoyable for long road trips or to go down the block to the market. When people ask us if we like our Element, there is not hesitation and we say "absolutely, would trade it for a million years"!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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pacer0303 writes:
2006 Honda Element EX AWD Review
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Amazing

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none

pacer0303
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Honda Element — The ltimate road trip vehicle. The suicide doors are very sexy. Mine Is tangerine orange inside and out. I absolute love it and wouldnt trade it for anything.. except maybe a newer one! Good Gas mileage and it handles like a dream!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tom writes:
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Lots of room, easy to clean, easy to drive, quirky styling.

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I'm still waiting to figure that out. Noting yet.

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I Love Being In My Element. — I can honestly haul as much as I ever hauled in my old F150 with this thing. The mileage is substantially better. It's a quirky little car, but it's built well. Built in aux jack and two DC outlets, as well as rubberized flooring and an incredible amount of passenger leg room makes this car a pleasure to own.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Donna writes:
2006 Honda Element EX-P Review
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Easy to clean, good gas millage, fun to drive,good stereo system, reliable.

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More speakers in the back, lol.

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Very Fun And Gas Friendly Min Suv — Fully loaded....added extra features to it to make it fully loaded. Fog lamps, AM/FM CD XM stereo with 5 speakers. The seats are easy to take out. It is very easy to clean the floor and seats. Very good on gas. It's a fun car to drive. You can get the car in two forms with or with out...side pannel in grey and black for that sport look. You can buy it with a sunroof and a rack on top. I love that you have an outlet to play your mp3 on your system, it is so cool.

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jsorensen12 writes:
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4

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The Element was a practical, no nonsense car/SUV.  The all wheel drive was great in the snow, it handled smoothly and car-like.  I think my dogs will miss it as much as I do, they loved having the run of the back end with the seats out.  It was extremely reliable with no problems at all in the 2 years I owned it, just added gas and changed the oil and filter.  This is probably the most versatile car you can own and does pretty much anything the average family would need.  
One of the best things was cleaning it out.  Having kids and dogs takes a toll but just pop the hatch & drop the tailgate and blow it out then wipe down with 409!

Cons

Gas mileage was not what I would have expected from a little 4 cylinder but given it's brick-like aerodynamics it was at a big disadvantage on the highway.  I bought it with a little over 40,000 miles and the seat material was already cracking badly, not what I would have expected from Honda.  Towing and payload are very low, I believe tow capacity is 1000 lbs and payload 675 lbs.
Oil filter access is horrible!  One of the worst vehicles I've had for changing the filter and as an added bonus oil then runs all over the suspension once you manage to get it off.
The biggest "con", which ultimately made me get rid if it, is the fact there is no provisions for a 3rd person in the back seat.  With 2 kids and another one on the way I had to get a vehicle with seat belts in the middle.  Getting rid of it made me feel guilty...like I just dumped a perfectly good and faithful girlfriend.  But I had to have a 5-passenger vehicle besides our van.

jsorensen12
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Awesome Car With Endless Versatility. — 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 to the sides and out of the way or come out completely out. Unfortunately the seats are what ended it's stay with us...I wish they could have made provisions for a center seat belt position. The plastic interior makes for easy cleaning and when the kids spill their juice box you don't have to worry about stains. The gas mileage and horse power could have been better. Leg room for the back seat was quite impressive, even tall adults can stretch out and nap with the reclining seats. The all wheel drive tore through the snow, it's not something you're going to take mudding or even on mild off roading though. Ground clearance won't allow too much craziness.

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england243 writes:
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5

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I love my Element. It is the first car I've had that I have wanted to keep forever. It is paid off and I still love it! This is a great car for tall people: lots of headroom and back seat has lots of leg room.

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luxury is not high on the Element's list of positives. It is a utility car for sports (bikes, camping). Seats are not the most comfortable but I can live with that. It only seats four people.

england243
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Fun, Versatile Vehicle! — I love this car for its laid-back and versatile use. It has been a wonderful, dependable vehicle. It is inexpensive to have dealer work done on it. Very adaptable and if you enjoy a vehicle with lots of uses, this is it. I once loaded a wall oven in the back of it, not just any vehicle can do this. The back seats fold up or are removable for lots of cargo space.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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mocean writes:
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5

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Car is huge inside and because it doesn't have carpets, it's easy to clean.  Clamshell is awesome because everything is out of the way for loading and it's low enough that I don't have to struggle to put things in the back.  With rear seats removed, you can carry just about anything in it!  The back fits a full size air mattress perfectly.  Great for camping.  When the back is full, I can open the side doors and with the front seats moved forward, I can load even more into the car.

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Hanging rear seats off the sides of the car interferes with visibility too much.  I prefer to just remove them and keep them in the house.

mocean
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Safe, Comfortable, Roomy, Utilitarian. — The Honda Element is like a combination truck/car. Carry furniture, go camping, go out for dinner. It's the perfect car for people who don't want both a passenger car and a truck, but prefer a combination of the two.

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Jen_Collins writes:
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My Element is great for my active lifestyle. Spacious, easy to clean interior with many conversion opinions for the cargo area.  

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Limited to only four seats and rear doors require front doors to be open to operate.

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A Perfect Match For Active Owners! — Great performance, sturdy enough to handle very harsh driving conditions. Burnt orange in color and unique design, a guaranteed head turner! Love the durable rubber flooring for fast easy clean up with the water hose. Very efficient on fuel consumption and limited repairs. Awesome Bose sound system makes the perfect finish to this super fun to drive and proud to own Honda Element!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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2010 Honda Element Reviews

Should Work Good For Rural Mail Delivery & Highway. By Kathy566

Just drove my suv home. Handles well, quiet, well built, & fun! Radio has good sound. Versatile seats allow for cargo. Tailgate will allow long items to hang out like a pick-up truck. Read More

Great Driving By Lynn350

Style and performance. Will work well in the area that we will be driving in. Good car for the Baja. Large interior to carry a lot goods. Read More

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2009 Honda Element Reviews

Love This Car And Will Never Get Rid Of It! By chrlewis75

Very versitle and can do everything that I need with it. Lots of room on the inside and easy to clean because there are no carpets. Perfect for those who have pets. Rear seats can be removed and yo... Read More

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i love that it was standard. the quality was awesome. the performance was speechless and the car was over all great. the cost of the owner ship was $200. this car was fun to drive this car is AWE... Read More

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2008 Honda Element Reviews

Basic Car, Not For Much By mkap

Disappointing car. Handles pathetically poor in snow or wind (even slips on the occasional dry payment!). Seems spacious on the inside, but somehow nothing ever fits in it when I go to Home Depot. ... Read More

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

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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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2005 Honda Element Reviews

My Element By Sasha_1

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 econo... Read More

Can't Believe Honda Stopped Making This Vehicle! By OldeSchool

Bought this vehicle yesterday - very clean and looks sharp with 93K miles on it - only one small worn spot on driver's side seat back - it has held up quite well and think I made a smart purchase -m... Read More

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