2008 Honda Element vs. Its Competition

2008 Honda Element 2WD 5dr Auto LX Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Mazda5 is a mini-minivan with a decent powertrain, a sliding side door, and enough room for five.

The Scion xB has its own alternative appeal, but seems thicker and less fun than the first-generation version.

For van lovers and needers, the Ford Transit Connect arrives for the 2010 model year, offering a four-cylinder powertrain and a customizable rear cargo area.

2008 Honda Element 2WD 5dr Auto LX Angular Front Exterior View2008 Honda ElementBrowse Used Listings2010 Ford Transit Connect XLT w/rear door privacy glass Angular Front Exterior View2010 Ford Transit ConnectBrowse Used Listings2009 Scion xB 2009 Scion xBBrowse Used Listings2008 Mazda MAZDA5 Sport2008 Mazda MAZDA5Browse Used Listings
Quick Specs
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The 2008 Honda Element is a great choice for drivers who need lots of storage room and a spill-proof interior.
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The 2009 Scion xB has polarizing looks, a no-haggle dealer experience, and a long safety features list. It provides good value for those on a budget.
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Provided you don't expect too much of a zoom-zoom feel, the 2008 Mazda Mazda5 is one of the few good choices for buyers looking for minivan spaciousness in a vehicle that's especially fuel-efficient and maneuverable.
MSRP From   
$18,980$21,185$15,750$17,995
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4N/A
EPA Class   
2WD Sport UtilityN/ASmall Station WagonN/A
Style Name   
2WD 5-Door Manual LX114.6" XL w/o side or rear door glass5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)4-Door Wagon Manual Sport
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/A
Passenger Capacity   
425N/A
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 DoorCargo Van4 Door WagonN/A
Transmission   
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODN/A
Detailed Spec Comparison
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