2007 Honda Element Review
This review was written when the 2007 Honda Element was new.
The Element offers a distinctive and fun exterior design, comfortable front seating, and class-leading cargo space and versatility. However, with somewhat uncomfortable back seats and occasionally awkward reverse-hinged rear doors, it isn't the best choice for buyers who carry many passengers regularly. If you're in the market for an affordable compact SUV, you should also consider the class-leading Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.
The 2007 Honda Element is a small SUV noted for a very good engine, the versatility of its interior, and its unusual, boxy appearance. With the reliability of a Honda, competitive pricing and very good long-term cost of ownership, it is a practical choice for many. Thenotes, "The fact that this odd box can travel so quickly and move so nimbly can bring a touch of giddy delight to an ordinary commute."
Like Car and Driver, most reviewers praise the Element's "huge and flexible cargo space, disciplined Honda powertrain" and "reasonable price." Edmunds sums up the praise well when it says, "We like it just fine for the light-duty utility it delivers for its size." But the emphasis in this design is on the cargo hold -- the rear seats are not practical for regularly transporting friends or family members.
The Honda Element faces some stiff competition. In a test drive, Car and Driver notes that "It's so unconventional ... that we couldn't really warm up to it, and it finished last in a comparison, behind a Scion xB, a Chrysler PT Cruiser, and a Chevy HHR."
IntelliChoice has rated all versions of the 2007 Honda Element as "Excellent" values, rating the vehicle "Best in Class." The 2007 Element is also rated as a "Smart Choice" for offering the lowest fuel costs, lowest maintenance costs and lowest operating costs of any small SUV.