2006 Honda Element User Reviews

2006 Honda Element Review Ratings

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  • 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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Built for older folks who still have youthful desires.

Cons

Not being manufactured anymore.

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It's A Way Back Machine. — Having been the owner of many vans, this is now the replacement. In addition to coolness, it is a remarkable, car/truck/van that needs little maintenance. Quite roomy and the resale prices hold steady. To top it all off, my wife likes it.

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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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Loved the car.  It was perfect for my lifestyle, ie.  beach, home depot runs, and family

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You could only put 2 people in the back seat.

temiller11
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Great Vehicle — 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 depot. Easy to clean.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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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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Versatility and flexibility.  Seats fold up, seats can be taken out completely.  The Element can be hosed down inside with its urethane floor.  Peppy motor, great sound system, Honda quality and reliability.

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Only seats 4 people.

trout1
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Element Provides Versatility With Typical Honda Quality. — The Honda Element is typical Honda - quality and reliability, but unlike typical Honda, the Element provides a truly unique vehicle platform. The flexibility and cargo options are endless - seats fold up, seats fold flat, seats can even be removed to create a cargo-van type area. The motor is peppy and makes the car fun to drive. The Element is perfect for people on the go and is a great vehicle for your mountain, camping or beach trip.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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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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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.

Jen_Collins
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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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Roomy, no carpet, handles well, fun to drive

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If you are looking for elegance, this is not the car for you.

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Great Car. I Plan To Drive It Until It Falls Out In The Street. — I love everything about my car. If I were buying another car today, I would by another Element, without a doubt. It handles well on the road and is so much fun to drive. It has the roomiest back seat I have ever seen.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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college

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For The Movers And Travelers — its sooo practical. It could use 50 more hp brakes fine sketchy in corners. rattles a bit over bumps. Modest appearance. 23 mpg 5000 mile oil changes. not fun to drive. fun to pack though. no problems with the car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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2010 Honda Element Reviews

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2009 Honda Element Reviews

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2008 Honda Element Reviews

Highly Recommend By Interoute

I liked the fact it is easy to clean, it does not have carpet so you can pick up or even take out back seats and drive your dog, equipment..etc with you. very convenient feature. Has great visibility,... Read More

Space, Utility, And Simplicity. By austinandwhatnot

We love that this car is all about practical space. Some folks don't like the boxy styling, but that's what gives it so much functionality and storage. I fit an oversized front-loader washer and dryer... Read More

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2007 Honda Element Reviews

Our 2nd Element...says A Lot. By iceman957

This is our 2nd Element...love the toaster. Roomy. Great for hauling stuff including your bike that fits standing up inside. Great for car camping as you can get a full size air mattress back there. ... Read More

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Great for the road, 4cyl I-Vtec, 07 model unique in its class. The first SC to be produced. It should have been called a Limited. Cargo space, space and more space! Rear seats are removable like most ... Read More

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2005 Honda Element Reviews

Versitile By Jackofl

Upgraded from a Civic to this car. Great all around car. Can stop on the fly at garage sales and pick up furniture. Seats fold up toward the window or you can take them completed out. Great car to ... Read More

Flexible, Unique, Reliable, Spacious, Easy To Clean By Roderick

Like utility and ease of holding things. Floor board is flat and seats lift up off the floor for storage. easy to drop a seat for third person when needed or fourth person. Lots of storage under re... Read More

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