2004 Honda Element

small SUV / 4-door SUV

2004 Honda Element 4-door SUV
2003 Honda Element shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2003-11 models

Tested vehicle: 2003 Honda Element EX 4-door 4wd

The Honda Element was introduced in the 2003 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's knees and shins hit the steering column and knee bolster.

Side

Rating applies to 2003-06 models

Tested vehicle: 2003 Honda Element EX 4-door 4wd without optional side airbags

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head hitting the window sill.

The rear passenger dummy's head hit and broke the rear quarter glass (note fragments remaining).

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2003-11 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Honda Element LX 4-door 2wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,633 lbs
Peak force 15,642 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.31

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2003-06 models

Seat type: All seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry