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2011 Honda Element
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11 listings nationwide


2020 Honda Pilot
Black Edition AWD
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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2011 Honda Element
Michael Perkins Preview:

The party is officially over for the Honda Element. The quirky crossover showed up in 2003 and apart from a slight refresh in 2009, remained unchanged throughout its model life. Rumors...

2020 Honda Pilot
Black Edition AWD
Kyree Williams Preview:

The Honda Pilot, a full-size crossover, competes in the same category as the Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander, and Volkswagen Atlas. The current third-generation model d...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2011 Honda Element
Like the hauling space
lots of room. great power.
Looks/Style Ranked 2011 Toyota RAV4 Base worse.
"better design"
Family Car Ranked 2011 Toyota RAV4 Base worse.
"more spacious"
Last year made, bought one with least amount of miles I could find. Identical to my previous 2007 model.
Looks/Style Ranked 2010 Honda Element EX AWD worse.
Would Buy Ranked 2010 Honda Element EX AWD worse.
"1 year newer for exact same car"
2020 Honda Pilot
Black Edition AWD
A great car for the money but too much like a soccer mom mobile. Is this what you buy when you dont want to bu...
Handling Ranked 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD with Advance Package better.
"It is almost like comparing a Miata to a minivan. The harder you push the RDX, the better it feels. If you are pushing it hard through turns, it transfers more power to the rear wheels and most of that can go to the outside rear wheel. This helps push the car through the turn and make it feels more like a rear wheel drive vehicle. This greatly increases the fun factor of driving the car. In normal driving you may not notice this as much. What you will notice though if you buy the Advance version of the RDX is you get adjustable suspension in addition to sport modes for the transmission. Dial the drive mode to sport + and put the transmission in sport mode and it does a pretty good imitation of sports hatchback albeit a bit larger. Dial the mode to comfort and leave the transmission in normal drive and it is pretty relaxed on the highway. "
Back Seats Ranked 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD with Advance Package worse.
"There is clearly more room on the Pilot. I think the material are nice on the RDX but Ill take more room over nicer materials when room is tight to begin with. I also like the separate controls for the rear seat ventilation. Not exactly fair to compare the two as the Pilot is a large class car but I did find the front seats on the RDX to be roomier and more comfortable than the Pilot."


2011 Honda Element
2020 Honda Pilot
Black Edition AWD
Powertrain 5-Speed Automatic 9-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy, City
20 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
25 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 15.9 gal 19.5 gal
Fuel Type
166 hp @ 5,800 RPM
280 hp @ 6,000 RPM
161 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
262 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM
4 cylinders
6 cylinders
Compression Ratio
2,400 cc
3,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.43 in x 3.9 in
3.5 in x 3.66 in
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall -- 4 stars
Front Crash Overall -- 4 stars
Front Crash Driver -- 5 stars
Front Crash Passenger -- 4 stars
Side Crash Overall -- 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver -- 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger -- 5 stars
Side Pole Driver -- 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof -- Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard --
CD Changer Optional --
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats -- Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard Standard
Maximum Seating 4 seats 7 seats
Front Legroom 41 in 40.9 in
Back Legroom 39.1 in 38.4 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 25.1 cu ft 16 cu ft
Maximum Payload -- 1,523 lbs
Standard Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs --
Maximum Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs 5,000 lbs
Length 169.9 in 196.5 in
Width 71.6 in 78.6 in
Height 70.4 in 70.6 in
Wheelbase 101.4 in 111 in

Available Options

2011 Honda Element
2020 Honda Pilot
Black Edition AWD

Exterior Colors

  • Crystal Black Pearl

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