2010 Honda Element vs. Its Competition

2010 Honda Element
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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.

2010 Honda Element2010 Honda Element
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2010 Ford Transit Connect XLT w/rear door privacy glass Angular Front Exterior View2010 Ford Transit Connect
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2010 Kia Soul2010 Kia Soul
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2009 Scion xB 2009 Scion xB
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2008 Mazda MAZDA5 Sport2008 Mazda MAZDA5
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Quick Specs
8.0
Ideally suited for a wide range of users with the common need to haul stuff, the 2010 Honda Element is a surprising fun and fuel-efficient.
7.8
8.4
Fun, fun, fun: Kia tries a little Soul on for size, and it fits.
7.6
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.
7.0
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    
$20,525$21,185$13,300$15,750$17,995
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4N/A
EPA Class    
2WD Sport UtilityN/ASmall Station WagonSmall Station WagonN/A
Style Name    
2WD 5-Door Automatic LX114.6" XL w/o side or rear door glass5-Door Wagon Manual5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)4-Door Wagon Manual Sport
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/A
Passenger Capacity    
4255N/A
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 DoorCargo Van5dr Wgn4 Door WagonN/A
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualManual w/ODN/A
Detailed Spec Comparison
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