The boxy-looking Element is a small SUV aimed at younger buyers and avilable with front- or all-wheel drive. It shares underpinnings with the excellent CR-V. handling is responsive, but the ride is a bit choppy and road noise is pronounced. There's no center roof pillar between the front and rear-hinged rear doors, so opening both creates a wide path for loading and unloading cargo. The spacious and flexible interior has a plastic-covered floor that's easy to wash. All four seats can fold back flat, making a bed of sorts. The rear seats can also fold up against the sides, or can be removed altogether.