• Jun 7, 2006
Super sleuthing spy photographer Chris Doane has captured the upcoming 2007 Honda Element SC out in the wild. The Element SC was previewed as a concept at the New York auto show earlier in the year and the production version will come with many styling cues from the show car including "Ridgeline-inspired" projection beam lamps, body color exterior panels and an "aero-enhanced" grille. The suspension will also be lowered and the vehicle's 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC engine will now make 166 hp, up 10 ponies from the current powerplant. Also notice the much larger wheel/tire combo that should enhance the Element SC's performance envelope beyond that of a toaster on wheels. Look for the upgraded Element SC in Honda dealers starting this fall, as it will arrive as a 2007 model.
[Source: VTEC.net]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      As far as it only being a 10hp increase, I'd suspect it's actually greater than that. Considering the previous Element's HP was rated using the old standards, much like most of Honda's cars, it's HP was probably overstated.

      Who knows, but this could mean a 14 to 18 hp increase over the previous model since the new engine rating is derived from the new standard. Not great, but it's still better than 10.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Finally a 5 speed automatic
      • 8 Years Ago
      What a gip.

      I opened this article thinking that (finally) Honda is adding some umph to the Element, with "SC" standing for "supercharged." alas, that is not the case.

      Dont get me wrong, I think its a great little box. But without a bit more power and handling its not for me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think that one looks a lot better than the current one...thank God all the plastic is gone. But if you're going to offer a performance version, give it more than a 10 hp boost. An Element V6, even if it cost a few grand more, would probably sell very well. Or if they could at least give the SC the Civic Si engine...

      Oh and my uncle owns one and loves it. Every time someone calls him while he's driving he tells them he's "in his Element."
      • 8 Years Ago
      Honda missed the mark on the Element. I have no idea why they continue to make this vehicle when I believe it's never hit their sales goal.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The above comment is terribly wrong. This vehicle has outperformed its sales goals from the start. The comment obviously came from someone who is either ignorant, misinformed, or both.

      Get a clue...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll agree styling is not everyone's taste. I don't own one, and my wife hated them when she saw them. We took it for a test drive and she wanted one. I was pretty surprised but it was actually a fun car to be in and I can see why people like em.

      that said, I liked the old square headlights on the car, seemed to fit the boxy styling. these new headlights make it seem like they are trying too hard.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That has got to be the ugliest thing I have ever seen.
      That will be placed right beside the Pacer one day.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who cares what it looks like? I do dog shows...and let me tell you, this is the BEST small van/wagon on the market for my purposes! I can easily get 6 dog crates in there plus all the other paraphernalia I need to carry with me every weekend. My husband and I can put 2 bicycles inside without removing wheels. I love this vehicle!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      As I understand it, the Element has met Honda's sales expectations just fine, it's just been selling to a much older and tamer audience than Honda originally intended.

      That's not out of the ordinary, though. The same is true of the Scions and most compact cars. Realistically, how many 18-25-year-olds have the cash to blow on any new car, period? Older buyers will always dominate new car sales because they have better-paying jobs (or a job at all, in some cases).

      I agree that the Element could use more power, but then, as an enthusiast, I'd never buy this car anyway. The extra cost of installing a Civic Si engine would not likely be justified by a flurry of sales (most enthusiasts would rather simply get the Si and have style and handling, too).

      That said, I admire the Element for its uniqueness, its clever interior features, and its enormous cargo capacity. The biggest problem with this vehicle, IMHO, is its load rating--it's only rated to carry something like 850 pounds inside. You could max it out with four large male occupants, let alone a weekend's worth of active-lifestyle gear.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What are they aiming for this time? It looks somewhat different than the current element as far as personality.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Element sold 5200 units in May, 22000 YTD, same as last year. The Element is not a typical SUV, it is more of a van.

      I am about to buy a used one to use for business. As I looked thru the brochure while the salesperson filed out paperwork, I said "none of these people (in the brochure) actually buy the Element, do they" noting the young hikers and surfers pictured. She said no with a laugh.

      But if it sells, why not keep it..

      And it's cheap - an EX AWD is $20,500 before discounts. Got offered one for $20,400 at one dealer, but am buying used.
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