If we look at the current market of used cars, the original Element still holds pretty well. It’s quite popular and holds the price pretty well. The main reason lays in its super practical design, with the configurable and cargo-friendly interior, which comes in a combination with an efficient four-cylinder engine. That’s why many things Honda should bring this model back, maybe already as the 2021 Honda Element.
The current Honda lineup is theoretically full. There are crossovers like CR-V, HR-V, Passport and Pilot. So, it seems a little bit hard to find the place for this one. However, it’s practicality is something other small crossovers don’t offer, so we believe there is still a pretty big number of drivers that would like to get something like this, something that offers impressive practicality, but remains urban-friendly at the same time.
Those are some of the reasons why 2021 Honda Element seems quite possible. However, the company is still quiet on this matter. Therefore, take the following paragraphs with a big reserve, as they are based mostly on rumors.
2021 Honda Element Redesign
The last time we saw this crossover was in the offer as a new car was way back in 2011, though we are actually talking about a vehicle that has been originally introduced in 2002. Logically, the new model wouldn’t feature too many similarities. Still, we are talking about a model that features a pretty recognizable design. Therefore, we have no doubt that if the 2021 Honda Element is about to come, it would come with the same boxy approach, which ensures excellent practicality and functionality. Of course, the new model would be fitted to the brand’s latest design language, though it seems it would be a little bit hard to implement all the details into such a boxy shape. Therefore, count on a lot of exclusive details as well.
Another thing that comes to mind is the size. Although a crossover, the original Element is a kind of combination of SUV and minivan. The boxy shape makes it look rugged. Still, the ground clearance isn’t actually that high, so we can say this vehicle is primarily a small urban hauler. It measures slightly less than 102 inches between the wheels and we presume that the new model would come with a couple of more inches. Still, that wouldn’t be too much, as the company would tend to keep this model small and maneuverable. However, we believe that the new model would be a little bit wider, in order the comfortably accommodate three adults in the second row.
The interior has always been the Element’s strongest points and we doubt things will be any different in the future. The 2021 Honda Element will carry on with the same boxy shape, which ensures plenty of headroom and impressive cargo volume and practicality. The latter is particularly great because you don’t get just lots of cubic feet, but a boxy shape as well. That’s particularly great for large objects. The only complaint about the original model goes to the fact that the second row accommodates two passengers, but we are pretty sure this would change with the new model.
Another big complaint about the original model is the overall interior quality. The dashboard is made mostly of hard plastics, while the seats aren’t particularly great. Furthermore, sound insulation could be better. Those are some of the things that come to mind and we are pretty sure that the Japanese manufacturer will tend to improve in these aspects. Of course, we also count on loads of the latest tech goodies, including the latest infotainment system, advanced safety system and more.
2021 Honda Element Engines
Despite being a great hauler, the original model is also quite an efficient crossover. If comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that delivers around 166 horsepower and returns around 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. For the new 2021 Honda Element, we presume the company would install something more modern. That would be something like a turbo-four unit with more power and better fuel economy. The first one that comes to mind is a 1.5-liter engine, the same one that powers Civic, CR-V and a few more models in the lineup. It comes in several output variants, but we presume this one would be good for about 180 horsepower. Of course, we would probably see it in pair with a CVT gearbox.
2021 Honda Element Release Date and Price
The 2021 Honda Element is just a rumor at the moment and despite the company is still quiet, many believe that this model will come back in the near future. If it returns, we presume that base models would go around 20-25.000 dollars. In any case, take this article with a big reserve, at least until we get some new information.