The Element has top 'good' ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in all categories—frontal, side, and rear impact, and roof strength—and has been again named a 2011 Top Safety Pick. And although the Element hasn't been tested with the completely revised methodology and ratings system that the federal government is using for 2011, the 2010 model earned top five-star ratings under the old NHTSA system—though three-star rollover ratings were the only concern, the result of its tall, narrow body.
For those with checklists, it's all there: Electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are standard, as are side airbags and side-curtain bags with rollover protection.
For outward visibility, the 2011 Honda Element is also better than the typical utility vehicle—again, probably a positive that's the result of its boxy shape. Though a rearview camera is available in EX trims.