Introduced back in 2003, the Element is an interesting alternative to several types of vehicles. It is a small and box-like SUV meant for young people combining aspects of a pickup and a small SUV into a single package. It is based on the CR-V platform and comes with a standard 2.4 liter 166 horsepower four-cylinder with a choice between a five-speed manual or automatic transmission. To increase versatility, the rear seats fold flat or can be removed altogether.
What's interesting is that there is no center pillar between the front and rear doors. As a result, there is a dramatic increase in space for loading and unloading materials into the car. With a base price of $20,500, the Element is one of the more affordable small SUVs on the market. Its closest rival would be the Scion xB.