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i-VTEC®
All Element models feature Honda i-VTEC® technology for reduced emissions and higher fuel economy.

*EPA-estimated mpg 20/25/22 (city/highway/combined 2WD AT), 19/24/21 (city/highway/combined 4WD AT) and 18/23/20 (city/highway/combined 2WD and 4WD manual). Based on 2009 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
Control-Link MacPherson Strut Front Suspension
The front suspension is a MacPherson strut with a thumb lower L-shaped arm that soaks up bumps and road disturbances quite effectively, thanks to its long spring travel. A bushing, built into the front, inner pivot of the lower suspension arm, provides the necessary compliance to absorb jolts. This suspension design results in a smooth ride, yet provides excellent steering response and enhanced straight-line braking stability.
Real Time™ 4WD
The Real Time™ 4WD system engages when slippage is detected and you need maximum tire grip. This is a hydraulically actuated system that operates only when front-wheel slippage occurs, helping you through tricky terrain.
Drive-by-Wire™ Throttle System
This system consists of an electronic position sensor connected to the accelerator pedal that sends a signal to the vehicle's electronic control unit (ECU). The ECU combines the accelerator-position signal from the driver with data such as engine rpm, coolant temperature and road speed, and then determines the optimum position for the throttle plate. It then sends a signal to the DBW driver unit that electronically operates a stepper motor on the throttle body. The stepper motor opens and closes the throttle to the exact position necessary for proper engine response.