• Sep 30, 2008
Click above for gallery of the restyled 2009 Honda Element

Today we get to see the updates that Honda has made for its next Element more clearly. The most noticeable action is up front as the boxy 'ute gets Honda's new corporate-look grille. Classier head lights flank the five-sided opening and circular fog lamps slot nicely below them. It's a more mature look, which is fitting since the Element has proven popular with an older crowd than Honda had originally intended. Out back some shapely new tail lights appear alongside a subtly revised rear end.

As before, the standard model's clean lines can be enhanced a bit with the SC model, which gets a factory body-kit with pronounced flares and air dams. We don't spot any real changes on the inside, except an available nav system and chill box, though there was nothing wrong with the useful guts of the Element in the first place. We're also not expecting any major powertrain changes, but we'll report back when Honda makes things official.


[Source: Carscoop]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      "We're also not expecting any major powertrain changes, but we'll report back when Honda makes things official."

      Doesn't the brochure tell us that the Element gets a 2.4L engine? Isn't the current Element powered by a 2.4L engine? Sounds like we already know there will be no major powertrain changes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's likely the Accord's 170hp K24 is in there. That makes the most sense. Would be nice if the 190hp K24 from the MT Accord were in the SC but that's unlikely to happen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A vehicle like this isn't about looks. It's about function and practicality, which is one of the reasons it appeals to an older crowd. It offers just the right amount of space without being wasteful or unwieldy. Vehicles targeted towards the younger crowd have always done well with the older one. They have homes they can leverage to get financing. They are the ones with buying power (especially in this economy). And, most importantly, they want to feel young! They may not drive down to the beach with a bunch of friends, but they like the sentiment and that plays a big role in their purchase decision.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pretty attractice, actually. I really like the SC.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What 5-sided opening? The head-on view of the grille is composed from 6 lines, not 5. 2 vertical, 2 horizontal, 2 connecting the lower horizontal edge to the bottom of the vertical edges.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks so much like a Tribute.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like Honda is getting into the Jeep/Landcruiser class. Interesting. I was wondering what they were going to do with their bread-box-mobile. A couple more updates and they may hit-it-out-of-the-park.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Never cared for it, so it looks like the exact same vehicle to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's Aztek-riffic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Check it out new 2010 Honda Element....I hope you will trade it...It looks good!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Doesnt really look any worse than the current model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow...for a second there I thought I was looking at the new Mazda Tribute. The front looks basically the same.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really like this more than the current Element.
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