2012 Honda Element Review and Price
About 2012 Honda Element
During the year 2009, the Element received slight refreshing to revive enthusiasm for the series among its loyal customer base. With the expected arrival of the 2012 Honda Element in the year 2011, one can expect some additional changes albeit has been kept minimal.
The 2012 Honda Element is a crossover SUV that is capable of accommodating up to four passengers. There are three available trim versions for this model: LX, EX, and the SC, which is the sport-tuned version. The LX and EX trim models offer you either the 2WD or 4WD while the SC is only available in the front-wheel drive system.
When it comes to the exterior styling of the 2012 Honda Element, you can expect little to no changes in comparison to its predecessor. Some of the base model features are expecting to reprise their roles on this one including the 16-inch steel wheels, halogen headlights, power remote mirrors, daytime running lights, and rear window wipers. You also have the option to incorporate additional features such as trailer hitch, rear step bumper, ski, bike, surfboard, and kayak attachments.
On the inside, the 2012 Honda Element offers a good combination of standard and innovative features for optimum comfort in your ride. Even the base model is equipped with the following features: removable and folding rear seats, cruise control, water-resistant seating, air conditioning, height-adjustable driver seat, and a music player. You can also upgrade the interior features of the vehicle to include a cooled storage box, upgraded audio system, 12-volt power outlet, satellite radio, and rearview camera.
In terms of powertrain performance, the 2012 Honda Element is reliable enough to provide maximum driving power. However, do not expect this to be of sports car quality yet. The standard engine option available is a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine with a maximum of 166 horsepower. It is paired with a standard five-speed manual transmission with the added option of five-speed automatic transmission. When it comes to the fuel economy rating, you will be quite satisfied with the ratings this vehicle model received as the automatic two-wheel drive system comes with an average of 20 and 25 mpg on the city and highway, respectively. Meanwhile, the manual all-wheel drive model rakes in an average of 18 and 23 mpg on the city and highway, respectively.
Pro’s of 2012 Honda Element
*Various interior features, whether standard or optional;
*Several trim level choices;
*Excellent powertrain performance;
*Good fuel economy rating.
Con’s of 2012 Honda Element
*The suspension on the EX and LX models are somewhat stiff.
The details for the prices of the 2012 Honda Element has not been officially revealed yet. This information is expected to be released sometime before it goes on sale, though. Current estimates and predictions as to how the pricing will look like suggest the base price to start at $20,525, which suffers from a slight increase from the previous release.
The Bottom Line
Despite suffering from a sales setback on its previous release, the 2012 Honda Element is looking to redeem the series. Honda is not yet ready to retire the series yet and as this model is expected to release in 2011, it might even draw in a new customer base.