2017 Honda Element – a dog-car redesigned


Honda have announced plans to build a new SUV, one that is designed for… Dogs.
The ‘Dog Car’ is built on the Honda Element platform and won’t look any different from the standard vehicle.

2017 Honda Element release date

The new vehicle is expected to be more practical, have some off-road capability and easily cleaned interior. It won’t be a regular Element, although we think that the Element branding will be used.

Release date: 2017

2017 Honda Element redesign

The car itself will go on sale in America in the near future, prices are expected to start at around $16,000 (with a maximum price stated in the region of $26,000).

The front of the car has been styled to look not quite as aggressive as the previous one, but that is where the changes finish; few interior styling changes and the same 2.4 liter gas engine will be used, it has a maximum of 166 BHP.

2017 Honda Element interior

While nothing much has changed for the cabin, it is the trunk that has had the most modification; a soft covering (easily cleaned), built in cooling fans, water bowl and a walkway to ensure that the dog doesn’t have to jump into the trunk – it can simply walk.
All these features have been added purely for the pampered pets.

2017 Honda Element dimensions and weight

  • Length – 170.2 in
  • Width – 71.4 in
  • Height – 70.3 in
  • Wheelbase – 101.3 in
  • Track front / rear: 62 / 62.2 in
  • Ground clearance – 6.8 in
  • Curb weight  – 3659.6 lbs
  • Trunk volume min/max: 25 /74.5 cubic ft.
  • Towing capacity – 1499 lbs
  • Turning radius of 17.3 ft.

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Honda Element discontinued

Honda have now decided to stop production of the Element; this special dog version will be the last one. Just 325,000 have been sold to date, which isn’t a large amount in this sector, especially when you consider that the Element has been around since 2002 – many people have chosen to go for the better and more popular CR-V model.

2017 Honda Element price

This last ‘dog model’ will cost a further $995 over the standard Element, regular prices start at $20,535 and rise to $25,585 for the top of the range model.

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  • Frencer

    I have the ’05 Element and I’m still hanging onto it because it’s the handiest ‘lil car ever. I was thrilled to hear that Honda would be returning it to their line-up, but this is one UGLY car… What were they thinking? It looks way too much like a Scion… I am so unimpressed. From what I can see, ONE cup holder? Honda… you make outstanding cars. Surely you can do better than this.

  • KC

    What’s with this dog car? What about outdoor enthusiasts and bikers who want to carry their bikes inside their vehicles? Or the many small business owners that made this their car of choice? Why didn’t more sell? Because the RAV4 used to kick ass and had lots of room inside with removable seats and a rear mounted tire. It also handled better on turns and they lasted forever with little to no problems. But now my RAV4 is finally dying and the newest version has been ruined turned into some family car instead of appealing to the college crowd. I need a compact SUV that is decent on gas, has ground clearance and has plenty of interior room with removable seats. I had planned on the Element being my next vehicle. Come on Honda! There’s no other car on the market like it! The CRV is just another RAV4. OK, for general use but does not excel for people that need more room and functionality. Such a bad mistake to ignore this market. Now folks are buying those horrible Ford transits. The Honda Element is one of the most expensive used cars. Wake up Honda!

  • Kimberly B Stone

    The original Honda Element was plenty dog-friendly as it was. It needed not one single change. If this is actually the “new Element” I cannot do anything but shake my head. The Element is a great car that Honda never knew how to market. It appears that Elements are now no longer a great car, and they still don’t know how to market it.

    • Albi Beziera

      The only minor changes I would make to the Element is shave off three inches in its height to decrease its high profile and tendency to tip over sharp turns and improve fuel efficiency including offering a diesel engine.

  • Dave Thompson

    Our Element is a 2008 with 300,000 Km, and we don’t want to give it up. There is nothing else on the market that compares. No carpet, YES, lots of room, YES, decent gas mileage, YES, etc. What to do when it finally gives up???

  • lwop90

    This article is FAKE and this car is just a concept vehicle from 2012 and will never be seen on the American market.

  • bookwoman802

    I have a Scion which I love, but I need an AWD for those snow days. I was ready to purchase a Honda Element, but what are you doing to it? It looks like a freak. Why didn’t you leave well enough alone. There is a market for a small but roomy vehicle, not just for dogs. How about my daughter, a beekeeper? Keep the old style, ask us what we want, and try to keep the price down.

Editor's rating
4.4 overall
  • Safety4.5
  • Performance4
  • Design4.3
  • Features4.4
  • Fuel economy4.6

We could only wonder what new Element will be look like. It may shift to absolutely different concept of tiny city car with some off-road abilities.

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