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2005 Honda Element EX AWDReview
Benji writes:
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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

Pros: AWD, interior size, functional

Cons: speed, crosswinds suck

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2005 Honda Element EXReview
skipper writes:
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To Soon To Tell,but So Far It Is A Decent Car With Poor City Gas Millage ( 16 Mpg ) — I bought this as A second car to tow behind my motor home (4 wheels down) @ was told by dealer this would be no problem, now I find out I can only go 55 mph , that is not even the speed limit on the interstates. this does present A real problem and I cannot get anyone to say why or what will be the problem if I exceed this limint

Pros: seats comfortable,handles good on the highway,cross winds do not bother it ,good breaking, good rear entrance at tailgate

Cons: blind spot in drivers outside mirror, hard to enter or exit rear seats,everything slides all over in side because of flooring. poor city millage (16mpg)

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2005 Honda Element EX AWDReview
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Can't Believe Honda Stopped Making This Vehicle! — 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 -my ratings are expectations based on reviews - will update as appropriate.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: AWD and 5 speed tranny - just my style -  - love the utilitarian nature of the vehicle as I am an avid outdoorsman.

Cons: Too early to tell - so far so good.

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2005 Honda Element EX AWDReview
xxxxxx68 writes:
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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

Pros: 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.

Cons: 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.

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2005 Honda Element LXReview
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A Throwback To The 70's Era Domestics (and Not In A Good Way). — Responsive, although power is slightly lacking. Is plagued by the Honda gremlin found on so many other Hondas with build quality-interior being on the cheap side. Styling is decent, but molded pillars and doors are all generic for every trim and package (ie-audio package has tweeters in the front dash pillars, same pillars are used for all trims regardless if tweeters are actually installed or not). Mileage for me is constant in the 22-25mpg range, which is probably expected for a smaller 4 cylinder engine pulling such a large body. Low quality parts on the interior plague the vehicle, have had 3 months and already have torque converter shudder (makes it feel like the transmission is locked between gears), and am replacing the passenger window regulator/window motor. Has a rattle that sounds like the breather box is loose and rolling around the engine bay (have replaced the air intake system with an Injen system so this is NOT what the noise is). I originally gave this vehicle a glowing review, but after only 3 months I should NOT be having these kinds of issues. This will probably be the last Honda I ever purchase.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: If you're in the market for a sporty crossover that has the room of an SUV but the gas mileage of a sedan this is the vehicle for you.

Cons: If you're looking for good gas mileage and aren't needing extra cargo room, or just need a little in-town commuter this isn't for you. Additionally build quality is poor and will leave you visiting the dealership often.

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2005 Honda Element EX Review
GuruFT7Y says:
Super high seats. HUGE cargo area. Second row seats allow great vision and you dont sink down into the seat if youre a kid!! good mileage 21-27
vs2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 4WD
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Cargo Capacity Ranked 2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 4WD worse.
"about twice the space"
Would Buy Ranked 2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 4WD better.
"driver comfort seats, maybe. Let you know when I test drive it tomorrow"
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Reviews From Other Years

2011 Honda Element Reviews

Review By Steven

Utilitarian features: rubber flooring, fold up or removable rear seats, rear area can hold almost anything! Plus I love the boxy design and suicide doors! Wish Honda would start making it again! Read More

Review By Guru9D97MX

Exceptional , no comparison ,there’s no other car that has that too Read More

2010 Honda Element Reviews

Review By Guru9CX5KW

Except for being under-powered, Element is great car. Most for sale have 150,000 miles or more on them. This one is priced more like a Porsche than a Honda. Read More

Review By ggogan

I like the washable floor -camping option - 4w drive Read More

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

Element By Zach

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

2008 Honda Element Reviews

Review By Justin

Facts were right overall. The details of body damage was great. Read More

Review By Guru9BW3T9

There is body damage on all four sides of the car. When I mentioned that to the salesperson, she said she couldn’t see it. The car is way overpriced for needing significant bodywork . Read More

2007 Honda Element Reviews

Review By lynne0825

What it is missing is me Driving it home and where ever I want to go. Read More

Review By brian

great over all car, but sometimes it is over rated or people that own them are asking unreasonable values on them.. Read More

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