I'm not sure about prices on the Element. But, we've had good luck with South Tacoma Honda. Great service and the buying experience ('97) was painless. The only Honda dealer I would avoid would be West Hills Honda in Bremerton. Went by (west hills) this weekend to show the E to our 12 year old daughter. The salesman told me they weren't going to make the 5spd/4WD model this year. Said I should just get the Auto because it get's better gas mileage. Just a bad vibe all around. At least my daughter liked the E.