2009 Honda Element vs. Its Competition

2009 Honda Element

Scion's xB is a capacious, convenient vehicle, but has recently grown bigger and heavier (some 600 pounds greater than before), diluting its nimbleness; with that extra weight, its more powerful 2.4-liter engine delivers lower fuel economy without much more impressive performance than the former 1.5-liter.

The Mazda5 is probably the Element's fiercest competitor in terms of value and convenience, though its minivan silhouette might make it a no-go for some.

Finally, Kia's upcoming Soul promises a strong dose of fresh style in the mini-crossover market, though initial driving impressions rate it as somewhat less refined than the 2009 Honda Element.

For those who love and need vans—especially small-business owners—the Ford Transit Connect arrives for the 2010 model year with a four-cylinder powertrain and a customizable rear cargo area.

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Quick Specs
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.
Fun, fun, fun: Kia tries a little Soul on for size, and it fits.
The 2009 Scion xB has polarizing looks, a no-haggle dealer experience, and a long safety features list. It provides good value for those on a budget.
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.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4N/A
EPA Class   
2WD Sport UtilitySmall Station WagonSmall Station WagonN/A
Style Name   
2WD 5-Door Automatic LX5-Door Wagon Manual5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)4-Door Wagon Manual Sport
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/A
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door5dr Wgn4 Door WagonN/A
Automatic w/ODManualManual w/ODN/A
Detailed Spec Comparison
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