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 2004 Honda Element is available in three trim levels,
the entry DX, a well-equipped LX and the fully loaded EX.
Standard equipment for the DX includes 16-inch steel wheels
and power windows. The LX models add an AM/FM/CD audio system
with four speakers and air conditioning with micron air
filtration. The EX models add alloy wheels, ABS, cruise
control, power mirrors, a 7-speaker 270-watt audio system
with auxiliary audio input and more as standard equipment.
The rugged and worry-free interior features waterproof
material on the front and rear bucket seats (front seat
only on DX models). A urethane-coated utility floor resists
water, dirt and scratches while providing easy clean up
and easy cargo loading. A large rear skylight (on 4WD models)
tilts or removes completely and stores inside the vehicle.
The gear shifter for manual and automatic transmissions
is located on the center of the instrument panel, within
quick reach from the steering wheel. Element EX models come
equipped with a 270-watt 7-speaker (with subwoofer) AM/FM/CD
sound system and an auxiliary audio input built into the
dash for digital media and MP3 players.
Very smart two-tone colour schemes reside inside the 2004
Honda Element, along with totally cool rubber-like textured
utility floor covering. Some of the other standard features
you will find inside the Element are waterproof seat fabric,
silver-rimmed gauges, tilt wheel, stowable split folding
or flip-up rear seat, power windows and door locks, and
tachometer. You really have to see the driver cluster/console
to grasp its next-generation feel with the shift knob situated
conveniently at a 45-degree angle just below the climate
On the EX, you will also find air conditioning with air
filtration system, cruise control, power mirrors, and a
270-watt AM/FM/CD stereo system with sub-woofer and an auxiliary
jack for MP3/digital media.
Element body styling centers on a bold two-tone theme with
integrated composite body panels that will stand up to more
wear and tear than a typical paint job. The composite body
panels provide a worry-free place to lean things like bikes
or snowboards without jeopardizing the paint finish on body
sides. The side cargo doors are free of a B-pillar to provide
easy loading of equipment.
In its early concept stages, a lifeguard station formed
the design inspiration for the Element's general shape with
upright angles and the arched roof follows the curve of
a surfboard. The design evolved into a rugged two-box SUV
shape with traits developed to support a young, active lifestyle.
With its wide opening side cargo doors, rear tailgate, large
interior and durable body panels, Element provides the right
features to operate as a base camp and a general hang-out
spot. Open the doors and the place becomes monkey island.
Lean stuff against the sides. Sit on the tailgate or "sidegate."
Stand out of the rear skylight when stationary. The options
are much greater than a typical SUV, truck or car -or anything
currently on the market.
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(TM) system is
available on DX, LX and EX models, and 16-inch wheels are
Safety and Security
The 2004 Honda Element is expected to meet or exceed the
highest rankings possible for government front and side
impact safety tests (five stars) and Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety frontal offset crash tests (good performance).
To accomplish this, a smart-linked unibody structure is
used that is designed to progressively absorb energy and
isolate the passenger cabin from forces. The lack of a B-pillar
is compensated for by a network of cross members, door braces
and the use of high-tensile steel, and a hook and catcher
system to protect the cabin just as well as if it had a
Inside, the supplemental restraint system features standard
dual-stage driver's and passenger's front airbags, available
side airbags with Occupant Position Detection System, and
the LATCH system for installing child seats. Front seat
belts feature dual pre-tensioners that pull the lap and
shoulder belts toward the occupant in the event of a collision.
2.4L i-VTEC I4
160 @ 5500
auto: 21 / 25
man.: 21 / 23