Top Safety Pick

2010 Honda Element

small SUV / 4-door SUV

2010 Honda Element 4-door SUV
2008 Honda Element shown

Crashworthiness

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

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

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 2007-11 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Honda Element LX 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Honda Element was introduced in the 2003 model year. Beginning with 2007 models, the Element was equipped with standard side curtain airbags to protect the heads of front and rear occupants, and the optional front-seat mounted torso airbags offered in earlier models became standard.

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 the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

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 2007-11 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry