Compare 2009 Honda Element vs 2008 Mazda MAZDA5

2009 Honda Element
2008 Mazda MAZDA5
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2WD 5-Door Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Element 2WD 5-Door Automatic EX 20 25 $20,834 $22,385
Element 2WD 5-Door Automatic EX w/Navi 20 25 $22,411 $24,085
Element 2WD 5-Door Automatic LX 20 25 $18,878 $20,275
Element 2WD 5-Door Automatic SC 20 25 $22,397 $24,070
Element 2WD 5-Door Automatic SC w/Navi 20 25 $23,974 $25,770
Element 2WD 5-Door Manual SC 18 23 $21,655 $23,270
Element 4WD 5-Door Automatic EX 19 24 $21,947 $23,585
Element 4WD 5-Door Automatic EX w/Navi 19 24 $23,524 $25,285
Element 4WD 5-Door Automatic LX 19 24 $19,990 $21,475
Element 4WD 5-Door Manual EX 18 23 $21,205 $22,785
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4-Door Wgn Automatic Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda5 4-Door Wgn Automatic Grand Touring N/A N/A $21,063 $22,515
Mazda5 4-Door Wgn Automatic Sport N/A N/A $17,734 $18,945
Mazda5 4-Door Wgn Automatic Touring N/A N/A $19,427 $20,760
Mazda5 4-Door Wgn Manual Sport N/A N/A $16,849 $17,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,834
$21,063
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,385
$22,515
Monthly Payment Estimate
$373 / month
$375 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Honda Element is a relatively efficient, remarkably convenient small utility vehicle that's easy to drive and configurable for multiple tastes and uses. Provided you don't expect too much of a zoom-zoom feel, the 2008 Mazda Mazda5 is one of the few good choices for buyers looking for minivan spaciousness in a vehicle that's especially fuel-efficient and maneuverable.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg Coming Soon
Highway
25 mpg Coming Soon
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility 2WD Minivan
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
55.0 52.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.6 97.7
Second Leg Room (in)
39.1 35.2
Front Head Room (in)
43.3 38.9
Second Hip Room (in)
47.6 58.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 55.5
Passenger Capacity
4 6
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 39.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.2 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.0 40.7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 49.2
Third Leg Room (in)
- 30.7
Third Hip Room (in)
- 40.9
Third Head Room (in)
- 37.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.3 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
101.4 108.3
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.6 69.1
Track Width, Front (in)
62.1 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.9 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
169.9 181.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 64.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
25.1 44.4
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
38.7 - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
46.0 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
66.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
74.6 70.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x 0.9 11.8 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x 0.4 11.9 x 0.4
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 15.9
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.26 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.9 34.8
Steering Type
Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/70SR16 P205/50VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/70SR16 P205/50VR17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3540 3475
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 16 x 4
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 7.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 356
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 90
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
161 @ 4000 148 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.3L/138
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
166 @ 5800 153 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI MPFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.08 1.29
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.57 0.69
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.00 3.41
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 1.93
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.50 3.86
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.93
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.79 3.62
Summary
Vehicle Name
Honda Element Mazda Mazda5
Body Style
4 Door 5 Door Wagon
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Control-Link Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Compact Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Double Wishbone E-type Multi-link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - -

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