i took possession on my pmm 2009 element ex, awd, manual transmission on wednesday. i have had a chance to put about 300 miles on it and i am impressed by how luxurious it seems and how quiet the ride is. i just traded in a 2003 crv with 170,000 miles on it. the engine and road noise from that vehicle (even from when it was new) was much louder than the engine and road noise from the element. the element is also a much more comfortable vehicle than the crv (better seats, arm rests). it is even better than i thought it would be.