The 2011 Honda Element doesn't have any direct rivals.
It's a bit larger than the Scion xB, which is a capacious, convenient vehicle; but the xB is quite heavy, 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 and sliding doors might make it a no-go for some; the Mazda5 is due for a redesign later this year.
One other prime rival for the Element would be the new 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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|2011 Honda ElementBrowse Used Listings||2011 Ford Transit Connect WagonBrowse Used Listings||2011 Kia SoulBrowse Used Listings||2011 Mazda MAZDA5Browse Used Listings||2011 Scion xBBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||N/A||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility||2WD Special Purpose Vehicle||Small Station Wagon||N/A||Small Station Wagon|
|2WD 5-Door LX||4-Door Wagon XLT||5-Door Wagon Manual||N/A||5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||N/A||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||Passenger Van||5 Door Wagon||N/A||4 Door Wagon|
|Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Manual||N/A||Manual w/OD|