Honda Element DX

From Honda press: The Honda Element entered new territory when it debuted during the 2003 model year by providing a multi-functional cargo area, innovative and versatile seating, a durable and dirt-friendly interior, energetic performance, and outstanding value. For 2004, the tradition continues as Element receives new comfort and convenience equipment and a new color along with a new LX trim level.

"The Element has attracted new people to the Honda family who want a rugged and practical vehicle that fits their unique needs," said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Element provides the most versatile package for any vehicle in its price range with a hard flat floor like a pickup, an enclosed rear area like an SUV, fuel economy and maneuverability similar to a car, side cargo doors, available 4-wheel-drive, and a price starting at $16,100.

Honda's 2.4-liter, i-VTEC, 4-cylinder engine with 160-horsepower and 161 lb.-ft. of torque, coupled to either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission, provides good acceleration while maintaining fuel economy in the low- to mid-twenties. The i-VTEC system (the "i" stands for "intelligent") combines Honda's patented VTEC system with Variable Timing Control (VTC) to enhance low rpm torque while extending high rpm horsepower. Honda's Real Time 4WD™ system is available on DX, LX and EX models, and 16-inch wheels are standard.

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