If Honda listened to anyone, they would be advertising the Element. They aren't. Honda stopped listening when the American marketing plan for a vehicle designed in America to reach a particular American target demographic fizzled, while their direct competitors succeeded.... the Element people always complain about the moonroof location. ... The mods have always said that Honda listens to the EOC, So there you go: the EOC killed the moonroof in the Element.
I like the location of the moon roof! On a hot day its great for clearing out the hot air from front to back. I'm glad I got the 08. The dealer told me that the roof was gone in 09. The other thing is that the stock unit has drains with tubes that run down the driver side of the truck. I'm interested in what that would cost to have an aftermarket roof installed. I think that the ribbed roof on the front end will nix the sun roof up there. Keep us posted if you get a quote..
If you look back at the original prototype for the Element, that's exactly why they put one back there - except the prototype had it extending all the way to the tail so it was an open slot to accommodate hauling long things, standing up to change, standing up to wave to the girls, etc. The Toyota version has the same slide open rear moon-roof for the same reason. I imagine the E got a simple flip-up moon-roof because some administrator wanted to cut costs and didn't have the brains to ask why the original window slid forward instead.I also prefer the rear skylight location, for camping, changing clothes, etc.