Applies to 2003-06 models
|Structure and safety cage|
|Driver injury measures|
|Rear passenger injury measures|
|Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.
The Honda Element was introduced in the 2003 model year.
When side airbags are optional, as in this vehicle when it was tested, the Institute conducts the test without this option. If a manufacturer offering optional side airbags requests the Institute to conduct an additional test of a vehicle with this option and agrees to reimburse the cost of the vehicle, a second test is conducted. Honda did not request such a test.
Note: Beginning with 2007 models, the Element is equipped with standard side airbags for front and rear passengers, so these ratings do not apply to 2007 and later models.
Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity. Serious neck injuries would also be possible.
Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that a fracture of the pelvis would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.
Driver — The dummy's head was hit by the window sill of the driver door. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.
Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the rear quarter glass. This impact did not produce high head injuriy measures, but the head protection is in adequate.
Tested vehicle specifications
|Tested vehicle||2003 Honda Element EX 4wd|
|Weight|| 3,508 lbs.|
|Engine||2.4 L 4-cylinder|
|EPA ratings||21 mpg city / 24 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) |
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
Driver injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||57|
|Lateral force (kN)||2.4|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||57|
|Average deflection (mm)||43|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||7.41|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||1.68|
|Iliac force (kN)||0.9|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||2.8|
|Combined force (kN)||3.7|
Passenger injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||32|
|Lateral force (kN)||1.1|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||40|
|Average deflection (mm)||25|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||6.31|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||0.95|
|Iliac force (kN)||0.4|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||4.6|
|Combined force (kN)||4.6|