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Honda Element



  • footiefootie Posts: 636
    thanks, I wish I felt the same way!

    I couldn't believe how it bounced along, like a conestoga wagon. It felt very underdamped and in cold weather should have felt just the opposite.

    I couldn't imagine what a buggy ride this must feel like in the summer and scared the heck out of me.

    The over shoulder view was also awful.
  • elemintelemint Posts: 79
    you are the first one that i have heard that had a bad test drive. Everyone that i have read had people supprised how good the ride was. Are you a former lexus driver? I do not have a lot of time behind the wheel of the element but it is the car i have been waiting for for 20 years!!! I find cars to be boring and non-functional. Final someone had the vision and guts to go out on a limb and make a truly functional vehicle!!!! Now just get a darn 4,5, or 6 cylinder diesel in it and increase the payload!!!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
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  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    It certainly is a difference of opinion. Roads around here are getting pretty bad and I've found the E to be great. Mine doesn't bounce at all and is really pretty tight. I think for it's type of vehicle it has the perfect balance of handling and ride quality.

    But to each his own.
  • footiefootie Posts: 636
    Maybe it's just me.

    The car I am looking to replace is an ageing Mercury Sable LS wagon that we use as the 'dumpmobile' and 'soccer car'. It has 86K on it and shocks were replaced about a year ago. It is a firm, but very controlled ride no bouncing. It doesn't have enough vertical room in it for me to get some of my furniture projects delivered.

    Another family member has a Toyota Avalon XLS which very controlled, no noticeable rebound oscillations like the Element, but much, much smoother.

    I am glad all of you folks are so happy with the Element. What had attracted me to it was many good reviews here.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Keep in mind the tires may have been overinflated. They do that at delivery to prevent flat spotting while cars sit in the lot.

    Air down and I bet the ride would be better, tolerable at least.

    Sable is soft and Avalon is ultra-soft. Those are pretty high standards for cushy rides.

  • I did a test drive and I was in a 2wd auto. I didn't like it too much but I saw the potential.
    the car has the size and durabilty i need but yes it's a $20,000 car. That's great to me.
    I know the sound system isn't the best but that wasn't their selling point. My favorite local radio station has a small hiss and I am looking about remedying that somehow.
    OVER YOUR SHOULDER? vehicles come with blind spots- many of them. You either look through them or find another way around them. I have driven my car for 6 weeks and I use the mirrors and whatever I can see over my shoulder, which isn't much. I can see a car comming up in my mirrors and as soon as it leaves my side i start to see their nose out of my window.
    I have 4wdEX in this icy snowy eastie crapness and WE LOVE IT.
    It's in our budget and is a functional vehicle for the size and make
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Ride is all in what you are used to and what you want. I was impressed with the ride in the one I test drove on all smooth, paved roads (did have some good sized hills). Since I'm used to pickups and other truck-based SUVs, I found the ride very comfortable (seats were more comfortable than the Tacoma I have). But if I were coming from a car, I might not have been as pleased.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I think Element got bigger wheels and tighter springs vs. the CR-V, supposedly it corners flatter.

    Try a CR-V, you may like it better.

  • footiefootie Posts: 636
    I appreciate the feedback and suggestions.

    Maybe I'll take another test drive when the weather improves. I'll check the tire pressures before I head out.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Bring a gauge. I bet it's at 40psi. :-)

  • zmanzman Posts: 200
    Interesting. Maybe it's a matter of expectations. I was expecting a jittery, noisy ride in the Element LX (MT) I tested about a month ago. Instead, I got a relatively harmonious performance. It cornered well, the shifting was smooth, and I got used to the sight lines reasonably quickly (I own a NB, so I've learned to deal with odd visibility issues). I admit, however, that I found the gauges small and hard to read and the height of the door panels very annoying.

    I found the ride surprisingly smooth, but maybe I was not being critical enough--I had pretty much ruled out the Element because of its low payload (my family of four alone would overload the thing, forget about the dogs). Therefore I might not have been as focused as I should have been on the negatives.

  • We loved the drive in the Element. Had I not wanted an automatic we probably would have bought one.
  • Had I not wanted an automatic we probably would have bought one. ?????????

    Umm... They have an automatic and a manual!!!!!!!
  • I know that the Element is offered with a manual but since my first child is on the way I decided that my next car should be an automatic. In automatic 4WD form the Element felt a little slow for my driving style. Had I wanted a 5-speed the Element would've been a stronger contender against the 04 Accord EX-L we ended up with.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The only compact SUVs with that level of acceleration in an automatic are the Subaru Forester XT (turbo) and the Saturn Vue Redline (Honda 3.5l V6).

    Interesting that you went with a sedan, though.

  • footiefootie Posts: 636
    I am going back to re-test drive the Element that I tried out last week to see if a 2nd pass on a warmer day ( and I'll check the tire pressures) will help the ride.

    Any other suggestions about what to look for, what to enjoy, etc. on the test drive would be much appreciation.

  • and wants to drive fast.... Hmm...
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Footie - If you have any special requirements, bring test equipment. For example, if you plan to use the Element to tote young children, bring a car seat. If you're using it for sports gear, bring it with you.

    Drive the thing in all kinds of places. Make note of the road conditions, parrallel park it, back it into a parking space, check visibility, etc.

    Then buy one. =)
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Elemint - I don't think that's what she meant. Different folks have different standards for acceleration. Sometimes it depends on where they drive (fast on-ramps, long hills, etc.)
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