The 2010 Honda Element doesn't fall into a clear class with direct competitors.
It's a bit larger than most of the boxy cars we'd normally compare it to.
Scion's xB is a capacious, convenient vehicle that's recently grown bigger and heavier (some 600 pounds greater than before), diluting its nimbleness, and the xB feels less roomy than the Element.
The Kia Soul is a boxy hatchback that also appeals to shoppers looking for more cargo versatility, but it's significantly smaller.
The Mazda5 is probably the Element's fiercest competitor in terms of value and convenience, though its minivan silhouette might make it a no-go for some.
One other prime rival for the Element would be the new 2010 Ford Transit Connect, a model that focuses on hauling cargo and small-business needs.
Like the Element, the Transit Connect has an economical four-cylinder powertrain and reconfigurable interior.
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|2010 Honda ElementBrowse Used Listings||2010 Ford Transit ConnectBrowse Used Listings||2010 Kia SoulBrowse Used Listings||2009 Scion xBBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda MAZDA5Browse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||N/A|
|2WD Sport Utility||N/A||Small Station Wagon||Small Station Wagon||N/A|
|2WD 5-Door Automatic LX||114.6" XL w/o side or rear door glass||5-Door Wagon Manual||5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)||4-Door Wagon Manual Sport|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||N/A|
|4 Door||Cargo Van||5dr Wgn||4 Door Wagon||N/A|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||N/A|
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|2010 Honda Element vs. 2010 Ford Transit Connect||2010 Honda Element vs. 2010 Kia Soul||2010 Honda Element vs. 2009 Scion xB||2010 Honda Element vs. 2008 Mazda MAZDA5|