Honda's versatile 2009 Element is updated with a new look and new active-lifestyle amenities including a removable cooler and cool interior cargo solutions.
The box soldiers on; Honda has given the quirky Element a style freshening for 2009, with upgraded technology and evolutionary changes to its look.
Most obvious is the all-steel body; Honda has ditched the composite front fender panels that made the previous Element resemble something designed by LEGO. The new front end picks up styling cues from the redesigned Pilot and Accord and modernizes the Element's familiar brickhouse shape.
Inside, the Element still serves as a mobile command center for an active lifestyle. The rear skylight is no longer available, but an overhead storage console, redesigned instrument panel and new trim and upholstery help to keep the Element up to date. An available voice-activated navigation system, backup camera and removable cooler in the center console help to enhance the Element's versatility.
Powertrains haven't changed; there's still a 166-horse 2.4 liter i-VTEC four-cylinder under the hood and a choice of five-speed manual or automatic gearboxes. Honda's Real Time All-Wheel drive is still offered as well.