I'm the proud owner of a 2006 Black EX auto 4WD - purchased today. I didn't know too much about them before today - just research and reviews. I own 2 other Hondas (Accord and Odyssey) so I know the Honda reliability first hand. I'm in that awkward - trying to figure out what all the new buttons do phase. So far I'm very happy with the Element. Let's see I like the color, the utility factor, the roominess of the interior, the stereo, the storage and tiedowns everywhere, and the awsome composite/rubber like floor. It drives great, sucks up bumps, and although it's a 4 cyl. automatic - it's peppy enough for me. My wife and two kids give it a thumb's up. I live in Colorado so I'm ready for snow and mountain adventures. Well, I'm going to go snoop around the forums. Then it's off to read the owner's manual!