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Durable, washable fabric that breathes nicely
Kelley Blue Book
All-wheel-drive Elements come with a removable rear sunroof
The SC has a carpeted floor in the seating areas
The 2008 Honda Element is loaded with features you simply cannot find on most other cars in its class.
The 2008 Honda Element was designed with outdoorsy types in mind, and accordingly has built-in room for kayak and surfboard racks. Standard on both the LX and EX versions of the Honda Element are water-resistant floors and, on the EX, waterproof seats. Edmunds finds that the "urethane flooring allows easy clean-up with soap and water after a day at the beach." Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com loved the added practicality of these features. On the SC version of the Element, Honda also includes the waterproof seats, but Kelley Blue Book notes that it "features carpeting in the passenger cabin."
Edmunds writes that every 2008 Honda Element comes with "air-conditioning, full power accessories, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, 100-watt CD stereo and keyless entry." The EX model of the Honda Element adds MP3 capability, a 270-watt sound system, and satellite radio and stereo controls located on the steering wheel, as well as the option for all-wheel drive. Changes to the SC model remain purely cosmetic: lowered suspension, premium alloy wheels, and color-coded interior trim.
For both the LX and EX versions of the Honda Element, all-wheel drive is an available option. Aside from the extra pair of drive wheels, ConsumerGuide finds that opting for all-wheel drive automatically includes a "tilt/removable glass 'skylight' over the cargo bay." If optional features and personalization are your thing, however, you might want to stay away from the Element; Honda offers absolutely zero optional features aside from the three different trim levels and the all-wheel-drive model's included skylight. Features like Bluetooth and a navigation system are not offered.
The 2008 Honda Element boasts lots of functional features, but the latest tech options aren’t offered—and some features aren’t available at all on the base model.