2011 Honda Element vs. Its Competition

2011 Honda Element 2WD 5dr EX Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2011 Honda Element doesn't have any direct rivals.

It's a bit larger than the Scion xB, which is a capacious, convenient vehicle; but the xB is quite heavy, diluting its nimbleness, and the xB 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 is probably the Element's fiercest competitor in terms of value and convenience, though its minivan silhouette and sliding doors might make it a no-go for some; the Mazda5 is due for a redesign later this year.

One other prime rival for the Element would be the new Ford Transit Connect, a model that focuses on hauling cargo and small-business needs.

Like the Element, the Transit Connect has an economical four-cylinder powertrain and reconfigurable interior.

2011 Honda Element 2WD 5dr EX Angular Front Exterior View2011 Honda Element
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2011 Kia Soul 5dr Wagon Auto Sport Angular Front Exterior View2011 Kia Soul
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2011 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (GS) Angular Front Exterior View2011 Scion xB
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Quick Specs
7.6
If you need to haul stuff more than people, and don't want to part with maneuverability and fuel-efficiency, the 2011 Honda Element is a great choice.
8.2
The 2011 Kia Soul is fashion-forward and fun-to-driveā€”and unlike most of its urban-wagon rivals, it's just as practical as it looks.
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Whether you see the 2011 Scion xB as trendy or odd, it packs a lot of space and versatility into a compact space.
MSRP From   
$20,825$13,300N/A$16,000
Gas Mileage   
19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I4N/AGas I4
EPA Class   
2WD Sport UtilitySmall Station WagonN/ASmall Station Wagon
Style Name   
2WD 5-Door LX5-Door Wagon ManualN/A5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
45N/A5
Passenger Doors   
4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
Sport Utility Vehicle5 Door WagonN/A4 Door Wagon
Transmission   
AutomaticManualN/AManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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