The rear doors open in a suicide way even though the suicide doors open independent from the front doors. To be on the safe side the front doors should be opened first to open the rear doors. After the doors are opened the interior is totally spacious. There is plenty of rear sear room and these seats can be folded either up, to the side, even folded down or the most astonishing part removed totally. The Element being motivated by Box on wheels the headroom is very plentiful. The front seats are very comfortable and there is ample amount of space given.
The hatch opens in two sections in which one door flips down and the other flips up. This is also a utility and loading stuff is easy. With the hatch just being opened the lifting of stuff is very low.
The theme of the car's interior is somewhat rugged. The floor is not covered in carpet and the entire floor is covered with a material, which does not absorb any moisture. Dirt, sand and even mud wipes totally. To achieve a rugged interior Element unlike other SUV's does not come with a hard plastic. A rubber like material covers the door panels and the dashboard area and it feels as if this material will come up against all kinds of punishment without scratching, cracking, denting or fading.
The Element is an unusual vehicle with its utilitarian mode for Honda but they have come up with a good SUV. Element has a functional interior and combining that with its exterior design it has the features of a SUV and a pick up truck and is a target for the young and active buyers. It has been designed to serve also as a base camp, room for the young buyers. The Element can hold up to four adults and they can have a splendid journey. With the rear seats easily folded anything can be put in for the weekend trip. The interior has been designed in such a way that it could be easily cleaned. There are some additional features too including an AM/FM radio with a 6 CD Changer and a MP3 player, which has video game outlets. Honda has never excelled in its audio system area. The previous Honda systems were just a simple four-speaker system, which sounded tiny and flat. With Honda knowing the target market for Element, there was a big no for a simple and tiny stereo. The end result was in the Element EX, Honda put in a mid range, nice system with a good bass, treble and sub woofer. The system, which is a 270-watt, uses 7 speakers and gives out a deep bass, clean and a brilliant sound. Additional bonus is the adjustable sub woofer. When driving the Honda Element it feels as if driving a Jeep of Sorts. The windscreen, which is upright and seat position, which is very high, it gives a good view of the road with out sacrificing the interior understanding.
The Gauges are arranged in three circles, which are similar to a Pontiac Vibe, but Honda has finished the rings in a silver matte rather than shiny chrome found on the Pontiac. Every thing in the Element has quality, feel and a nice variety of textures, which work together to drive the concept theme of a car.
The Element is powered a 2.4 liter, inline 4, I-VTEC engine which produces 160 horsepower. The Element is not a sports car but there is sufficient power available for many driving situations. The Element never feels underpowered.
The 5-speed manual