The 2010 Honda Element doesn't fall into a clear class with direct competitors.
It's a bit larger than most of the boxy cars we'd normally compare it to.
Scion's xB is a spacious, convenient vehicle that's grown bigger and heavier recently, making it far less nimble.
The xB also feels less roomy than the Element.
The Kia Soul is a boxy hatchback that also appeals to shoppers looking for more cargo versatility, but it's significantly smaller.
The Mazda5 minivan is likely the Element's closest competitor in terms of value and convenience, though its silhouette will keep it off the shopping lists of many.
One prime rival of the Element is a new kid on the block: the new 2010 Ford Transit Connect.
The Ford focuses on small-business needs, such as hauling cargo.
But the Transit Connect gets its motivation from an economical inline-4 engine and features a reconfigurable interior similar to the Element.
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|2010 Honda ElementBrowse Used Listings||2010 Kia SoulBrowse Used Listings||2009 Scion xBBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda MAZDA5Browse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||N/A|
|2WD Sport Utility||Small Station Wagon||Small Station Wagon||N/A|
|2WD 5-Door Automatic LX||5-Door Wagon Manual||5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)||4-Door Wagon Manual Sport|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||N/A|
|4 Door||5dr Wgn||4 Door Wagon||N/A|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||N/A|
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|2010 Honda Element vs. 2010 Kia Soul||2010 Honda Element vs. 2009 Scion xB||2010 Honda Element vs. 2008 Mazda MAZDA5|