I just took my Element to the upper peninsula of Michigan from the Detroit area for 3 days of skiing and hiking through the woods. There were three of us. I flipped up the back seat behind the driver's seat. Luggage (one bag each plus assorted small bags of stuff) and 3 sets of cross country skis fit in with a TON of room to spare. It was a comfortable ride and totally dependable for the entire trip. I never felt it blowing around the road either, even while crossing the Mackinac Bridge. I loved my Element before, but OMG everytime I take it somewhere I love it more. On the way home I got tired and my brother took over the wheel. It was his first time driving it. He was impressed with the ease of driving and parking it and how comfortable it was. It was he who suggested the Honda in the first place. He suggested the Fit, but my harp wouldn't fit into it. Anyway, this car is really the best car I have ever owned. I LOVE IT!!