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Honda Element, Hatchback, SUV
#4574 of 4724 IN NEED OF A GOOD SUV!
Jan 21, 2007 (12:17 pm)
I just signed up for Consumer Reports and guess what their articles on small SUV's had in the Feb mag.; 2007 Honda Element. They said the payload is only 650lb. have any of you guys had a problem with this low payload? I was also wondering, they said it had a visibility problem because of chunky pillars. Do you owners of Elements have any complaints with visisbility? With the rear seats strapped to the walls, is there any visisbility problems there either? After today, here in Ohio, I'm making sure I have a 4wd vehicle. In just two hours we got almost 2 in. of snow. A couple of frieds of mine that owned cars could not make it up the hill in Cadiz where we were at for a meeting. My friend and his wife made it up with no problems in their '98 CR-V, Will a 2007 Element do the same?
#4575 of 4724 Re: IN NEED OF A GOOD SUV! [ragets]
Jan 21, 2007 (4:33 pm)
I came from a 06 civic coupe that had lousy visability. I'm happy with the visability on my new 07 Element SC. However, the visability is far less with the rear seats strapped to the walls, so one has to be more careful. Cannot answer the payload question since I'm the only one in the car and do not load it up.
#4576 of 4724 IN NEED OF A GOOD SUV!
Jan 21, 2007 (6:14 pm)
I almost forgot, will the Elements 4WD do well on dirt road, muddy back roads and ect. I will be on these every once and a while, so this will be needed.Also what is your guy's insurance rates every 6 months? I don't want to invade yourprivacy but a general idea to me would help. thanks
#4577 of 4724 Re: IN NEED OF A GOOD SUV! [ragets]
Jan 22, 2007 (6:50 am)
$428.00 6 MONTHS....
Bodily Injury $300,000 Each person
500,000 Per Acc
100,000 Property Damage
$250.00 Comprehensive and Collision
#4578 of 4724 Re: IN NEED OF A GOOD SUV! [ragets]
Jan 22, 2007 (10:33 am)
I think it's 675 lbs, but close enough.
Jan 22, 2007 (6:51 pm)
Help! Went in to look at the '07 CRV (currently own a'98 CRV-EX 71,000 miles, no problems just thinking of changing up) and instead fell in love with the Element. Now I can't decide which to go with, the SC or EX. Like the allover body color look of the SC, the console, those wheels, and the urban chic look it's got, but I'm wondering if the EX will hold up better to road debris flying up and hitting the vehicle with the black trim around it(dings and paint chipping)? Also how does the black vinyl trim hold up to fading? I'm going to the dealership Wednesday to test drive the SC and EX again to check out wind noise, etc... Thoughts anyone?
#4580 of 4724 Re: Can't Decide [ford17cat]
Jan 23, 2007 (8:08 am)
Only had mine for 4 weeks now, on my second tank of gas, got the Root Beer color. Had the 06 civic coupe, and only one liked it in my neighborhood. With this new Element SC, I have gotten many looks and comments on how much better it appears over the LX or EX with the solid color.
Don't have any first hand knowledge of the road debris so far, nor seats fading either since this is a brand new veh. Only got 17.56 gallons per mile city driving only on the first tank. Now working on the second tank and seems it will be the same thus far. Road noise is noticeable, but not an issue.
Interesting thing noticed, is that the windshield wipers are thinner than on the civic I had, but can hardly hear them turned on. The civic coupe was very noticeable thumping sound, which I did not like. Civic windshield wipers did not clean the glass as well as the Element. Guess I don't need to install an upgrade for it as I would have with the civic.
One thing I would change is the seat height adjustment knob. Too close to the door and some what difficult to turn. Like the pump action one better. Would have liked a dead foot pedal as well, not to mention a Navigation system
#4581 of 4724 Re: Can't Decide [earth]
Jan 23, 2007 (7:03 pm)
Thanks for the input! I'll keep these in mind when I go for the test drives.
Jan 24, 2007 (8:13 am)
I own an '06 EX 4wd. In my case, I like the looks of the new SC, however, it is only available in 2wd, and is not available with the sunroof.
If you are ok with 2wd, I would go with the SC, and get the optional mud flaps on it, which would probably help protect the lower panels from chips.
#4583 of 4724 Re: SC vs EX [1racefan]
Jan 24, 2007 (1:15 pm)
For the life of me, why in the world would Honda put the sunroof in the back. The darn driver paid for the thing. Let the driver have the sunroof, not the baggage