First revealed almost four years ago, the 2007 Honda Element urban crossover brings you a new Galaxy Gray Metallic color, a trifle more powerful four-cylinder engine and a new Integrated Seat Belt System on the front seats making it more comfortable for rear seat occupants to enter and leave the vehicle. It is reported that the CUV will be selling at a higher price, but for the extra money you will not only get 10 more horses packed below its prominent hood, but will also get a new five-speed automatic gearbox to bringing their power to the road.
According to the Japanese company, the 2007 Honda Element will be available in two trims -the entry-level LX and more upscale EX- and will start at a price of $18,900, which is 2.7 per cent higher than the base price of the outgoing model.
Both the Element LX and EX trims come equipped with the same 166-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and new Drive-by-Wire electronic throttle control system, as well as a handy Maintenance Minder organizer whose name speaks for itself.
Besides the aforementioned increase in power output and the new tranny replacing the old-school four-speed, the price increase is also justified with a load of standard safety features, which include side curtain airbags and a stability control system.
The vehicle’s interior also received a redesigned instrument panel. Standard cruise control, keyless entry, electric side mirrors, air-conditioning and a CD player pretty much finish the picture for the LX trim.
The Honda Element EX, which is more expensive, also features an entertainment system with MP3 capability, an AUX in and satellite radio, as well as alloy wheels and body-color fenders (damn, I hated those tough guy-style plastic fenders).
All in all, the car looks more interesting compared to its main competitors — Ford Escape, Saturn Vue, Jeep Compass and Suzuki Grand Vitara crossover SUVs.
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