2010 Honda Element

21 Mar 2010 | 3,556 views | No Comment
Honda Element: Gone to the dogs? Here at Automobile Journal, we love different. We want unique. We want unusual. We want cutting edge. And we really like individualism. 2010 honda element So you can imagine our delight when, what should pull up to our corporate offices --none other than the Honda Element. Not any Honda Element, mind you. This one was tricked out for Fido.  That’s right. A Honda Element re4plete with features that should delight any canine worthy of the name. From a comfy little bed behind the rear seat to easily cleanable seating, to clever dog bone patterns in the floor mats, this one went to the dogs, literally. It’s all included  in something called a Dog Friendly Package, and the kennel/bed is fully enclosed with high strength netting, along with an extendable ramp which you store under the kennel to help your dog get in and out easily, a rear ventilation fan to handle those occasionally not so nice smells, and even a built in water bowl inside. And why not? Given the large number of dog owners out there, and the relative unfriendliness of many vehicles to any idea of carrying Fido anyplace, there should be a ready market for This version of the Elements. 2010 honda element Plus, we just plain like the idea of the creativity, ingenuity and willingness to risk catering to a smaller audience that all likely went into Honda’s thinking when coming up with this product. Kudos to Honda for giving us a little spunk, a little pizzazz. Now--how about us cat lovers? Got anything up your sleeve for us? We demand equal time, you know! But if you don’t have a dog, you’ll still find the Element to be a friendly, practical, economical car that makes a really cool second or third ride if you already have something to use for every day activities. There’s lots to like about the Element. First of course, is its practicality and its interior flexibility, its many storage space options, its relatively high fun to drive factor,  and its relatively  high driving position behind the wheel. 2010 honda element What we were not so crazy about  the way in which the doors opened outward from the center. We can understand that they are perfect for some of the Element’s more likely uses-- for camping, fishing outings, lugging awkwardly shaped parcels and such, but kids-- at least ours--found the doors to be awkward and hard to get used to.  Combine that with the higher than normal step up --for little kids, that is-- and you soon have a chorus of complaints from small fry. We also found the Element to be a bit on the noisy side, and not quite as refined as some of the other similar rides out there. And parking it also takes a bit of getting used to because of its high, square profile. But the biggest issue for us is the fact that the Element only seats four, which rules it out for lot of families who otherwise might be influenced to consider it for purchase. The original demographic for the Element was probably weighted more heavily toward active singles and childless couples, but the practicality of the Element and the flexibility of its interior with features like a rear seat that either flips up to the side or can be taken out altogether, are likely to entice families into at least a look-see, and unless they are a small family, they’ll head elsewhere. You can get your Element in front wheel or all drive packages, except for the sporty SC version, which only comes with front wheel drive. Other models include the LX and the EX. Power comes from a 166 horsepower four cylinder engine, rated at anywhere from 20/25 to 18/23. Standard equipment includes cruise control, tilt wheel, air, full power accessories, the folding and removable rear seats, keyless entry and a four speaker CD audio system. If you choose the EX, the 16 steel wheels of the LX are replaced by 16 inch alloys, and you get a very cool, very handy removable cooler/storage box with your center console, a three compartment overhead console,  seven speaker audio system with an MP3 player, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. If you want to show off a bit, the SC may be your ticket. It’s aimed at the sports-inclined, with 18 inch alloys, a lowered sport suspension, a special custom grille, a center console design that is all its own, piano black interior trim, copper hued gauges, and a monochromatic exterior paint scheme among other things.

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