There is much less room inside the CR-V compared to the Element. The picture shown must be correct also maybe a bit optimistic. The loading height of the CR-V is considerably higher too. The whole inside of the '05 / '06 CR-Vs are much tighter then then the E.... All other features and gadgets depend on your preference. I find both of the prices for the used Element and the CR-V a bit on the high side. Knock off $2K on the CR-V and $1.5K off the Element and you got some attractive alternatives.