2011 Honda Element  RealSafeCars78Safety Rating

#25 of 2011 SUVs

#54 of all 2011 vehicles


The Element, part of Honda's lineup since 2003, is a small SUV with seating up to 4. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it handles mud, snow, and sand with ease. Honda offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2011 Honda Element is average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2011 Honda Element has a score of 78, implying a 0.044% chance of driver death (4% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2011 Honda Element has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0443% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.0619%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0443% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.0619% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2011 Honda Element is 8% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2011 Honda Element is 6% more likely to result in a fatal accident.


But it is safer than many comparable models.

8752Toyota MatrixSuzuki Grand VitaraMazda TributeFord EscapeSubaru ForesterHonda CR-VJeep CompassHonda ElementKia SorentoKia SportageHyundai TucsonVolkswagen TiguanComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2011 Honda Element with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 52 to 87. The 2011 Honda Element is safer than the 2011 Toyota Matrix, the 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara, the 2011 Mazda Tribute, the 2011 Ford Escape, the 2011 Subaru Forester, the 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan, the 2011 Hyundai Tucson, and the 2011 Kia Sportage. It is about as safe as the 2011 Kia Sorento and the 2011 Jeep Compass.

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