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The 2011 Honda Element remains one of the most useful shapes on the road, but not everyone will agree it's good-looking.
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looks like something charmingly designed by school kid
Washington Post

a boxy, slightly quirky little sport-ute designed to appeal to "active lifestyle" customers
Orlando Sentinel

Stubby, reverse-hinged back doors, like those on extended-cab pickups a few years ago, make no sense.
USA Today

At first look...seems like the perfect kid-mobile.

The 2011 Honda Element has a look that borrows elements from rough-and-ready off-roaders and traditional full-size vans—along with smaller delivery trucks—but the end product is something stylistically unique. Even for those who don't think the Element is attractive, it's hard to argue with the beauty of its stark functionality.

The Element received a number of minor yet noteworthy changes for model-year 2009, including new infotainment systems inside and a number of exterior changes including a new grille, hood, and headlights that seemed to make the appearance a little crisper than before. However it lost a little of its Rubbermaid charm when the much-loved rubber-like front and rear bumper treatment was replaced with body-color bumpers.

Inside, the Element is best described as no-nonsense. There are lots of hard plastics, and even the cargo floor is covered with a rubberized, easy-wipe surface, so there's no pretending it's snooty or luxurious. Utility is strongly represented up front, even, with a tray-like shelf built right into the instrument panel.


The 2011 Honda Element remains one of the most useful shapes on the road, but not everyone will agree it's good-looking.

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