How can you make the ever-useful Honda Element LX even more practical and versatile? Order it with four-wheel drive.
The base model's 4WD trim is a perfect choice for first-time buyers who live in areas that get a lot of rain or any amount of snow. It's not a traditional 4WD system, meaning you aren't going to hit the trails in your Element, but it does everything the everyday driver could ask of it.
Honda calls this system Real-Time 4-Wheel Drive because it is made for real situations, all of the time. Real-Time was designed to be lightweight and therefore economical, as well as convenient. It's also completely automatic in gauging wheel slippage and responding with the appropriate torque adjustment, whereas traditional 4WD requires the driver's conscious engagement. In other words, you don't have to think about what you need in imperfect driving conditions.
The 4WD LX gives full attention to safety, with standard ABS, brake assist, and Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control. Front occupants are protected by three-point seat belts with pretensioners, plus dual-stage, dual-threshold front air bags, front side air bags, and side-curtain air bags with rollover sensors. Rear passengers get the side-curtain units as well.
The Element is ready for all kinds of cargo, even if itÃ¢Â?Â?s a bit messy. The rear seats can be configured in countless ways - even completely up and out of the way! The front upholstery is waterproof and easily cleaned, as is the urethane-coated utility floor. Cargo loading is a snap; the side doors are designed to open wide, as the smaller rear doors are hinged toward the back, and the tailgate window opens up and out.
Occupant comfort is taken care of with the standard air-conditioning with air filtration.
Among the other included equipment is cruise control, a removable skylight with tilt, power front windows, power side mirrors, and remote entry.