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Control-Link MacPherson Strut Front Suspension
The front suspension is a MacPherson strut with a large 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.
Drive-by-Wire™ Throttle System
The Drive-by-Wire throttle system helps enhance the driving character of the Element. With smart electronics connecting the throttle pedal to the throttle butterfly valve in the intake manifold, the engine response can be optimized to suit the driving conditions and to better match the driver's expectations.
i-VTEC®
All Element models feature Honda i-VTEC® technology for reduced emissions and higher fuel efficiency[1].

[1] Based on 2011 EPA mileage estimates. 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.
Real Time™ 4-Wheel Drive
The Real Time™ 4WD system engages for maximum tire grip when slippage is detected. This is a hydraulically actuated system that operates only when front-wheel slippage occurs, helping you through tricky terrain.