The Element's four-cylinder engine received a 10-horsepower bump to 166 hp this year, which moves this enemy of aerodynamics with a little more urgency than before, but not much. Davis, however, falls for the Element SC not for its performance (good thing), but for its practicality. He warns those considering a manual transmission, however, that Honda likes to put the stick up high on the dash, but we've found most people don't mind the odd placement. It looks wierd at first but generally feels comfortable.
To us, the Element and its boxy brethren always seemed like the cardboard boxes of the auto industry -– they're inherently useful and if you use your imagination can be a lot of fun. Looks like Honda used some imagination on the Element SC.
[Source: Kicking Tires]