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Honda launched its updated 2007 Element LX and EX models in the U.S. Wednesday, with prices starting at $18,900. The all-new Element SC will also debut in showrooms September 28, starting at $22,695.

The entire Element lineup benefits from freshened styling, an extra 10 hp (for a total of 166 hp), an available five-speed automatic, and added safety features.

The new Element SC (for "Street Custom") is intended to have a sportier look and feel, including a sport-tuned suspension with lowered ride height, 18-inch wheels, and unique styling touches inside and out.

Press release and more pics after the jump.

[Source: Honda]

Official Press Release:
Honda Announces Pricing for the 2007 Element
All-new SC model enhances style and handling performance

TORRANCE, Calif. 08/09/2006 --

The substantially updated 2007 Honda Element LX and EX go on sale today with prices starting at $18,900, representing an average increase of just 2.7 percent or $572 on a sales weighted basis (not including the all-new Element SC), American Honda Motor Co., Inc, announced today. The all-new Element SC, which goes on sale September 28th, will start at $22,695. Destination and handling charges for all 2007 Honda models is $595.

The extremely versatile Honda Element SUV undergoes a transformation for 2007 with freshened styling, 10 more horsepower, new 5-speed automatic transmission (available) and extensive new standard safety equipment that includes side curtain airbags and Vehicle Stability Assist(TM) (VSA(R)). An all-new sporty variation, the Element SC, will also debut with a sport-tuned suspension, "Street Custom" styling and premium features.
"The 2007 Honda Element returns with an extensive list of advanced safety equipment while providing a new level of sophistication and refinement," said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda. "With the expansion of the Element lineup to include the Element SC, it will appeal to an even broader set of customers."

In addition to new safety equipment, more than a dozen enhancements have been made to the Element LX and EX, highlighted by new headlight and grille styling, a more powerful 166-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, Drive-by-Wire(TM) throttle control system, new interior color schemes, standard painted exterior body panels (EX only), Maintenance Minder(TM) system, black urethane flooring, new gauge designs and more. As a further enhancement, the addition of seat-integrated front safety belts to all Element models allows for much easier rear passenger loading and unloading.

The all-new Element SC will provide more than 10 additional exclusive features that include a sport-tuned suspension with lowered ride height; 18-inch wheels; and exclusive exterior styling with an "aero" grille, projector beam headlights, and unique painted bumpers. Additionally, an exclusive interior is included with a carpeted floor (first and second rows), center console with storage, and exclusive interior fabrics and trim.

[Source: Honda]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I give Honda credit, a Japanese model that is a segment buster and not a copycat of someones elses model.
      My father-in-law has one and he loves it. (yes, it does appeal to the older crowd, but they have the money)
      Myself I couldn't spend the money on something I consider ugly. Functional or not.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I bought an Element in '04 at 29 years old. IMO it's one of the best designed versatile vehicles out there at a great price and awesome resale value. How many vehciles that are 5 inches shorter than a Honda Civic Coupe can carry a 21cut ft refirgerator in it? How many can handle transporting 3 siberian huskies around and still be able to clean it up like new? It may be butt ugly to some, but it's trully an urban warrior. Sure it's down on power (but I had an EVO for speed). And all that plastic exterior made it really cheap to repair, how many can get their front bumper replaced for $300 by a dealer? No painting and you can even install it yourself. It handles decently for an SUV and better than some cars. It can do light core off road which is more than what most folks do.

      These aren't vast improvements, but the integrated front seat belts in the seats is probably the best improvement, but you still have to open the front doors in order to open the back doors, but at least you don't have to take off your seat belt to do so.

      I would love to see a torquey diesel option and the ability to actually tow something more than a jet ski.
      • 9 Years Ago
      wow... it'S so subtlely refreshed I can't see the damn difference.... get this downtrimmed CRV down another 3K and you got a deal....
      • 9 Years Ago
      #23 said it,

      It needs the turbo AWD from the Acura RDX.

      Friends of mine and I looked at the Element seriously when we were shopping, but at then current spec back in 2005 it didnt have the goods.

      That black SC looks hot tho, and with an extra (and reliable) 60-70hp itd be just the ticket to go WRX chasing.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah,yeah yeah. Honda's so wonderfully well designed.

      If you get out of the lease before things break you might think so. But own an old one and find out about dropping a left-front halfshaft to get at an alternator.
      And don't get me started on grossly overpriced parts and the unusually high number of them that are unavailable aftermarket.

      And what's with those idiot doors on the Element that make the driver get out and go around to the right front door to get the passenger out of the right rear?

      I get it that you think my Aztek and my kid's xB are ugly to you ,but rear passengers can let themselves in and out of either one of them without driver assistance.

      • 9 Years Ago
      i don't think it looks too bad at all. i've never really liked the older ones out there, but i guess getting rid of those plastic panels really helps. if you take the time to look, instead of just outright saying "ugly like always!! ahaha" maybe you'll notice the differences. subtle, i guess, but good changes at least. and i'm not saying its the most beautiful car out there...but at least its not the aztek.

      it'd also be nice if it wasn't so underpowered.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think the Element is a pretty nice vehicle. No it is not for everyone, but neither is a Hummer or Mini.

      Some here call it ugly, I think it has a certain appeal- much like the old Jeep Cherokee, I like boxy.

      Now there is really ugly like the xB, or the Dodge Nitro, or Challenger concept, or Focus, or GTP, or the grand poobah of ugly...the Pontiac Aztek.

      I have rented the Element, Exploder, Escape, Trailblazer, Equinox, HHR, and Jeep Commander. By far the best two were the Element and Commander.

      The Element was fun to drive and super functional. The Commander was also a winner.

      To compare the HHR looks neat from the outside but has horrible interior, ergonomics, and driving. The Exploder and Trailblazer are just yuck.

      The Element is really pretty cool, but if your idea of cool is an 1988 Trans-Am maybe it is not for you.

      • 9 Years Ago
      I dont understand why you call it an ugly car. Sometimes function over fashion. Am I not correct... your taste may vary to others. I could be looking at your so called hot wife... and puke.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "people should put those 'if u can read this flip me over' bumper stickers on them right side up"

      But if you did that, it would give people the impression that they could actually go off-road! =D
      • 9 Years Ago
      Pet lovers adore the Element due to the fact that it has plastic floors that you can hose down and stain resistant seats. The Element was originally targeted towards the GenX/Mountain Dew crowd, a small econobox with enough utility for the weekend warrior. It did penetrate that market, but not to the degree that Honda wanted. Seniors liked it because it was easy to get in and out of and had cargo space. Some small families preferred it over a minivan. However, it's still butt ugly, but that's part of the charm. Just like the Scion XB, HHR, etc. All ugly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm thinking of trading in my xA for a Honda Element. Contrary to most people, I think the Element looks FANTASTIC. Especially the earlier models, with the two tone colors. Something, for some strange reason, you can't get in almost any other kind of car. From the 2007 pictures, it seems they are going away from that, and also, melding the Element back into every other blah blah blah form of a car. I hope they don't continue that trend. Like another poster said, they are taking any style the element had left in the 2007 version. But I'm still going to the showroom tomorrow, to see if they have something that stands out, that is not like every TRULY ugly minivan or run of the mill sedan with a dumb name like "accord" or "focus" --WTH?? or "sentra" --WTF??? or "accent" --that's real exciting... or "sonata" --I"m SO NOT excited etc..etc..etc..blah blah blah. I mean, c'mon, I refuse to buy a car with a name like these, even if it's a great car. Just on principle. A car with a stupid, boring name, is probably a boring, stupid car. Maybe I just have to be different. That's why I bought a Scion xA and I like it, but it's a little too small. I am also a dog lover who and a bike rider and someone who loves the idea of being able to fold down the seats and sleep comfortably in your car. I like versatility. I love the name. I love the element and friends commercial. I'm probably going to buy one tomorrow. Thanks for helping me make my mind up.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Pros: Outstanding interior room, great mileage, Honda quality, and great handling.
      Cons: Power is adequate for the size of vehicle, but a V-6 would be a nice option.

      I must admit that of all the vehicles that I have owned, this Element has the features that can accomodate any lifestyle. The vehicle is designed to allow 4 adults to ride in comfort with limo style leg room for rear seat passengers. The Honda Element can transform quickly from a people hauler to a vehicle that can carry a large load like a enclosed pick-up truck. Interior headroom is more than substantial and carrying tall items is done with ease due to the high roof-line. I didn't fall in love with it until I drove it and then I was sold. I encourage anyone seeking a SUV with great fuel economy to drive this vehicle because it really does grow on you. There is so much that this vehicle has to offer in a smaller package. If you are an active adult that enjoys life and what it has to offer, the Honda Element makes a great companion.
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