$17,750 – $22,325 MSRP
$16,418 – $20,638 Invoice
21 / 24 MPG City/Hwy
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For 2006, Honda adds the EX-P trim level to its Element lineup. The new trim level is based on the existing EX, and adds body-colored side panels and door handles. Additionally, EX models get new alloy wheels and steering wheel-mounted audio controls, while LX models receive metallic exterior cladding and standard anti-lock brakes. Five new colors are also added this year: Alabaster Silver, Proton Blue Metallic, Kiwi Metallic (EX-P and LX), and Tango Red Pearl and Tangerine Metallic on the EX-P only.
Launched in 2003 and marketed toward a younger audience, the Element has also found favor with older generations seeking SUV-like cargo capacity and car-like qualities. The 2006 version is available in three trim levels (LX, EX, and EX-P), with a choice of two- or four-wheel drive.
All Elements are powered by a 2.4L, inline-four cylinder engine rated at 156 hp and 160 lb.-ft. of torque. Power is transferred through a standard five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Variable-assist power steering, anti-lock brakes, composite body panels, waterproof seats, and a water-resistant, urethane-covered cargo floor are standard amenities. Standard safety features include dual-stage front air bags, side air bags with Occupant Position Detection System for those in the front seat, and a theft-deterrent system. Four-wheel-drive models also feature a removable rear skylight with tilt feature.
Heat-rejecting glass and rear privacy glass is standard fare on base LX models, as well as power windows with driver's auto up/down feature, power door and tailgate locks, adjustable steering column, cargo-area tie downs, storage bins and hooks, an AM/FM/CD audio system, and fold-flat seating. EX models add a remote entry system, overhead storage compartment with map lights, front and rear accessory outlets, seat back bungee loops, a 270-watt, AM/FM/CD audio system that includes a subwoofer, seven speakers, and a digital media auxiliary jack. The EX-P trim adds body-color panels and door handles.
The Compact CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) segment in which Element competes boasts 18 (expanding to 24 by the end of 2006) competitors-a crowded, and extremely competitive, field. Buyers in this segment are looking for vehicles that offer SUV-like space and style with improved fuel efficiency and more car-like ride and handling.
The segment sales leader for calendar year 2005 was the Ford Escape, with 165,122 units sold, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM Next in line was the Honda CR-V (150,219 units sold), followed by the Chrysler PT Cruiser (133,740). The Element tallied 56,262 sales during 2005. Other models in this segment with annual sales greater than 50,000 units in 2005 include the Chevrolet Equinox, Saturn VUE, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe and Tucson, Scion xB, and Subaru Forester.
|LX (M5)||5 speed manual||$17,750||156-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||21/25|
|EX (M5)||5 speed manual||$19,625||156-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||21/25|
|EX-P (M5)||5 speed manual||$20,125||156-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||21/25|