The new 2010 Honda Element is designed to be human friendly, thanks to an array of upgrades including a new exterior look and a refreshed interior styling. However, one version of the 2010 Honda Element is not only human friendly, but also dog friendly.
Yes, the 2010 Honda Dog Friendly Element features the “Dog Friendly” pet accommodation system designed for enhanced safety and comfort of pet dogs and convenience for their owners. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. is set to commence sales of the 2010 Honda Element in mid-October.
Three models will be available -- Element LX, Element EX, and Element SC. To note, the Dog Friendly equipment is exclusively designed and engineered for the Element EX. For those wanting to avail of the 2010 Honda Dog Friendly Element, they would need to wait until November 16.
This Dog Friendly equipment is meant for accommodating a pet dog in the cargo area within a nylon-webbed car kennel. Since the pet dog is kept properly restrained and out of reach of the driver, it cannot interfere with him or her during a trip.
In case of a frontal collision, the kennel is design to help restrain the dog behind the rear seats, thereby reducing the risk of injury for the dog. Likewise, the kennel prevents the dog from injuring human occupants during a crash.
Pet comfort is well provided for by the Dog Friendly equipment through a soft floor surface for the dog’s legs and paws. Moreover, the equipment features a dedicated fan and a spill resistant water source. Transporting a dog will never be as convenient as with the Honda Dog Friendly Element.
After all, this version features an integrated ramp and easy-to-clean surfaces as well as a suite of matching Dog Friendly accessories. The new 2010 Honda Element is specified with an easy-to-clean water-resistant urethane-coated floor for LX and EX trims and a carpeted floor for the SC. Both the Element LX and EX feature moisture-resistant seat fabric.
Furthermore, the 2010 Element comes with a spacious flat cargo area that could accommodate up to 74.6 cu-ft. when rear seats are removed. It also comes with wide-opening side cargo doors as well as low lift-in height. Interestingly, the four-seater 2010 Honda Element boasts of more than 64 seating arrangements, thanks to flip-up rear seats that could fold flat, fold up and to the side, or be removed when required.
All models feature, as standard, air conditioning, power windows, keyless entry and cruise control. Standard equipment for the Element LX includes a four-speaker AM/FM audio system with a CD player while the Element EX and SC are fitted with a 270-watt high-output audio system and an AM/FM tuner as well as a CD player with MP3/WMA capability and auxiliary audio input for MP3 players or other audio devices.
Moreover, the Element EX and SC are specified with seven speakers including a 6.5-inch subwoofer, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and XM Radio. Powering all 2010 Element models is 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed gearbox transmission.
Customers for the Element LX and EX models could avail of the Real Time 4WD to improve the all-weather traction of their vehicle. Two-wheel drive Honda Elements return EPA-rated fuel economy figures of 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. Real Time 4WD models, meanwhile, return EPA-rated fuel economy figures of 19 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.
Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of Product Planning for American Honda, quipped that the Honda Element has been known as a vehicle that accommodates people with active lifestyles. He remarked that the new Dog Friendly Element offers more by providing specially designed features for dogs and their owners.