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Citing declining demand and a consumer preference for crossovers, Honda has announced plans to axe the Element after a nine year production run.

While the move isn't unexpected, it is interesting to note Honda won't offer a direct replacement for the Element. Instead, customers will be shifted to the CR-V which is more powerful and fuel efficient.

According to John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda, "The Element proved that ultimate functionality can often come from thinking inside the box. It made boxy vehicle designs cool, and Element owners continue to enjoy its unique styling and unmatched versatility."

If you're saddened by the news, rest assured, Honda still has some Elements available and they're priced from $20,825.

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