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Default Element: 2008 Honda Element SUV Combines Highly-Configurable Interior with Exterior Styles that Rang

The ultra-versatile 2008 Honda Element SUV offers a spacious interior that
quickly adapts to people or cargo, while three unique exterior styles range
from rugged on the Element LX, to refined on the Element EX, to sporty on the
"street custom-styled" Element SC. For 2008, available Element SC
exterior color options expand to include Royal Blue Pearl (exclusive to the

"The Element provides extraordinary levels of utility with its completely
flat cargo floor, removable flip-up rear seats and convenient side cargo doors
with integrated ‘B-pillars,'" said Dick Colliver, executive
vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "The Element also excels
at both tailgating and side-gating – if you have a preference."

Standard safety equipment includes side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor;
front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS);
dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)
and an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Additionally, the Element has earned
the federal government's top five-star crash safety rating for both frontal
and side impacts.

The 166-horsepower, 2.4-liter i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine connects to either
a standard 5-speed manual transmission or an available 5-speed automatic transmission.
Real Time 4WD™, available on the Element LX and EX, enhances all-weather

Composite body panels on the fenders (black on LX, body-colored on EX and SC)
provide increased dent resistance compared to steel panels.

Inside, spacious seating exists for four people along with a cargo area that
quickly adapts to large items with removable, flip-up rear seats that fold flat,
fold up and to the side, or can be removed altogether (64+ seating arrangements).
The Element LX and EX have a black urethane-coated utility floor thatquickly
wipes down and seat fabric that resists moisture; the Element SC has a carpeted
passenger area. Air conditioning with micron air filtration is standard on all
models. A tilt-able and removable 20x30-inch rear skylight is standard on Element
LX and EX models equipped with available Real Time 4WD.

The Element LX has a 4-speaker AM/FM audio system with a CD player. The 270-watt
high-output audio system in the EX and SC trim levels features an AM/FM tuner,
CD player with MP3/WMA capability, auxiliary audio input for MP3 players or
other audio devices, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, seven speakers including
a dynamic linear phase 6.5-inch subwoofer (located in the bottom center of the
instrument panel). The space occupied by the instrument panel-mounted subwoofer
on EX and SC models is utilized as a storage bin on LX models. XM® Satellite
Radio is standard on the Element EX and SC.

Numerous storage bins and beverage holders provide places for cell phones,
CDs and super-size drinks. Available storage areas include: five beverage holders;
low-profile floor console tray (LX, EX) between the front seats; a large three-bin
tray above the glove box (perfect for cell phones and PDAs); an overhead storage
bin (EX, SC); seat back storage (EX,SC); six hooks for strapping down bikes
or other bulky gear; and door storage pockets on all four doors.

The Element SC stands apart with street custom-inspired styling with a lowered
stance and exclusive premium features. The Element SC's exterior styling
exhibits a sophisticated performance attitude with a monochromatic color scheme
and exclusive features that include projector-beam halogen headlights, custom
front and rear painted bumpers, large alloy wheels, custom grille, and a lowered
stance. The lowered stance is achieved by lowering the ride height and by using
uniquely shaped painted side sills and slimmer roof moldings.

Exclusive Element SC interior appointments include passenger-area carpeting,
a center console with storage, piano black trim pieces and unique fabrics and
patterns. The center console provides an additional enclosed storage area in
the vehicle and integrates the auxiliary audio input jack and two beverage holders.
Meter styling on all Element SC models is copper-hue, replacing the blue backlit
illumination on the other models. Exclusive copper-color trim pieces are used
on meters and dials of the Root Beer Metallic and Nighthawk Black Pearl vehicles.

The Element is equipped with dual-stage, dual-threshold supplemental restraint
system (SRS) airbags for the driver and front passenger. These airbags are designed
to minimize the potential for airbag injury while providing head and chest protection
for the occupants in the event of a frontal collision. This front airbag system
features front passenger seat weight sensors and a driver seat position sensor
designed to further enhance occupant protection.

Seat-mounted front side airbags help safeguard the driver and front passenger
from side-impact injury. An innovative Occupant Position Detection System is
used to assure that the passenger's side airbag has a clear path for deployment.
In the event that a child (or a small-statured adult) leans into the deployment
path of the side airbag, a seven-segment "antenna" system built within
the seat back signals this condition to an electronic control unit (ECU) and
the passenger's side airbag is switched off.

Both rows of occupants are protected by Honda's Side Curtain Airbag with rollover
sensor system. The side curtain airbags deploy from modules in the roof in the
event of a sufficient side impact, providing a significant level of head protection
in the window area. In the unlikely event of a rollover, a roll rate sensor
and multiple G-force sensors determine the rate of roll and deploy the side
curtain airbags accordingly.

Both front seat belts have automatic-tensioners and load limiters that work
together to help protect the driver and front passenger in a collision. A LATCH
(Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child-seat mounting system is standard
for the two rear seat positions, allowing two outboard child seats to be installed.
For pedestrian safety, design features in the front of the vehicle can help
absorb energy in the event of a collision with a pedestrian to help minimize

The Element's fully-independent suspension uses a control link MacPherson
strut front suspension and a compact double wishbone rear suspension for responsive
handling and a comfortable ride. A 101.4-inch wheelbase contributes to a compact
exterior size and an ultra-tight turning diameter of 34.9-feet (36.2-feet, Element
SC) provides maneuverability in tight places. Chassis highlights include Vehicle
Stability Assist (also known as Electronic Stability Control) and four-wheel
disc brakes with ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.
Vehicle Stability Assist helps sense oversteer and understeer, and can adjust
brake pressure at each wheel and/or reduce engine power to help restore the
driver's intended course. Electronic Brake Distribution helps to balance
braking forces depending on dynamic loading. Brake Assist helps apply full braking
force in some emergency braking situations.

Element LX and EX models are equipped with 16-inch wheels (steel on LX, alloy
on EX) with all-season P215/70R16 tires. Additional LX and EX standard features
include power rack-and-pinion steering and front and rear stabilizer bars (30.0x4.5
mm tubular front / 21.0 mm solid rear). A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
alerts the driver when tire pressure reaches a critically low level.

The Element SC adds 18-inch alloy wheels, P225/55R18 tires, exclusive spring
and damper tuning (30 percent firmer), a lowered ride height (approximately
0.7 inches) and increased rear stabilizer bar size (25.0 mm, solid). Compared
to Element LX and EX, the solid front stabilizer bar is 25 percent more stiff
and the rear stabilizer bar 30 percent more stiff. The steering rack also provides
a 6 percent faster ratio (2.94:1 compared to 3.26:1).

An all-aluminum DOHC 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine produces 166-horsepower at 5800
rpm and 161 lb-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. The Element's i-VTEC system
combines Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®) and a
cam position-adjusting Variable Timing Control (VTC™) system to enhance
low rpm torque while extending high rpm horsepower. The result is a broad torque
curve that starts early at low rpm's while still delivering high-revving

The five-speed manual transmission features a lightweight and rigid aluminum
die-cast housing. Multi-cone synchronizers used on first through fourth gears
contribute to a smooth, fluid shift feel while reducing throw distances. Inside,
the instrument panel- mounted shift lever facilitates quick, direct gear changes.
The five-speed automatic transmission (available) delivers exceptional smoothness,
economy and intuitive shift points. Grade Logic Control minimizes "gear
hunting" on hilly roads.

Available on Element LX and EX, the Real Time 4WD system delivers added traction
in snow, rain and sand. Real Time 4WD sends power to the rear wheels when the
front wheels experience traction loss.

The vehicle maintenance schedule is calculated by the Maintenance Minder™
system. Maintenance Minder automatically indicates when to have standard service
performed based on actual driving conditions (tracked by the ECU) and minimizes
the guesswork in determining standard or severe use conditions for maintenance
interval purposes. The display indicates when to change the oil, air filter,
transmission fluid, spark plugs or coolant, as well as when to rotate the tires.
The Element requires no scheduled tune-ups for 100K+/- Miles .

The Element is assembled in Ohio at the Honda of America Mfg., Inc., East Liberty
Auto Plant using domestic and globally sourced parts.

1Government star ratings are part of the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) New Car Assessment
Program (

2100K+/- Miles No Scheduled Tune-ups: May vary with driving conditions.
Does not apply to fluid and filter changes. Exact mileage is determined by actual
driving conditions. Please see the owner's manual for more details.

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