18th Sep 2005, 16:20

AWD can mean either front or rear wheel drive as primary. In the case of the Element, it means FRONT wheel as primary.

3rd Feb 2006, 20:19

Qestion? can you fit a large dirtbike in the back of this baby and how is the 4wd?

20th Feb 2006, 22:57

I once saw someone towing a little trailer with two 4 wheelers on it, and those were caked in mud. But it looked as though the people had more fun driving the Element through the mud. The only part of it that wasn't covered was where they had scraped the mud off of the tail lights, the front turn signals, and where the front and rear wipers had been wiping. It looked like one of those safari trucks on the Discovery Channel. I wish I could get one, but my credit is struggling right now... I LOVE THESE CARS!!! Grrrrrrr... I wish I could have one... >:- (

1st Jul 2006, 15:45

Has any one here tried puting a lift on the element is it even possible since its on a modified civic platform.

21st Jun 2008, 09:39

Update to my review...

I have now had this car for 4 years and NOT ONE SINGLE THING HAS GONE WRONG. It still runs like new. I did have to change the tires after 130 km but that was to be expected. All I have had done to this car was take it in for regular oil changes, lube etc... I just followed the recommended Honda service and as I said, still no problems.

2nd Sep 2008, 13:18

For the record, this is not a modified Civic platform. It is modified from the CRV 4WD.


6th Jul 2010, 10:11

"For the record, this is not a modified Civic platform. It is modified from the CRV 4WD."

The CRV itself is a modified (albeit highly) version of the Civic platform, although little of the Civic is left in the final result. Engines and platforms are shared between the CRV, Element, and the engine is a specifically tuned sister to the 2.4L in the Accord.

The AWD system is a front wheel primary drive system, and when 10% or more wheel spin is detected while moving, the rear wheels engage with a maximum of 30% ft./lbs. being designated to the rear wheels. This does not make the Element a good off-road vehicle, merely an average one. It is meant to keep the car moving forward in light snow and soft dirt, not deep mud or sand, like a Wrangler or a Subie. Constant movement is key to keep the heavy little car from becoming stuck and leaving you tearing apart those awful Goodyears they curse it with from the factory.

Why lift an Element? Because you can.