Ski and dog friendly 2010 Honda Element

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 13, 2009 1:40 pm

The Honda Element has long been a popular compact crossover vehicle for active outdoor people. Upgrading to the upcoming 2010 Honda Element 4WD EX model with the Dog Friendly equipment will get your people and your dog around ski country safely and conveniently. The Dog Friendly equipment is intended to accommodate the secure transportation of a dog in the cargo area within a nylon-webbed car kennel. It enhances pet comfort by providing a soft floor surface for the dog’s legs and paws along with a dedicated fan and a spill resistant water source. Convenience is improved for owners with an integrated ramp, easy to clean surfaces and a full suite of matching Dog Friendly accoutrements.

All Element models feature a 2.4-liter i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine that produces 166-horsepower at 5800 rpm and 161 lb-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Real Time 4WD, available on the Element LX and EX, enhances all-weather traction. EPA city/highway fuel economy ratings are at 19/24 miles per gallon. The Real Time 4WD system aids traction in snow, rain and sand by sending power to the rear wheels when the front drive wheels experience a traction loss.

The boxy cabin has space for four adults and its cargo-van-style side doors open wide for easy loading and unloading of your ski and snowboard gear. To maximize utility, the Element’s rear seats may be folded or removed entirely, and its hose-out textured urethane flooring makes for easy cleanup after a day of skiing, snowboarding, surfing, or a week of camping.

The fully loaded 2010 Honda Element 4WD EX model will go for $25,585. The Dog Friendly option will cost an additional $995. It arrives at dealerships in mid-October with the Dog Friendly Element available on Nov 16.


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