Honda’s Element light duty truck goes on sale Dec. 19, 2002, with manufacturer suggested retail prices starting at $16,100 for the entry-level Element DX front-wheel drive model, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced Nov. 13. According to the company, the Element combines features of a pickup truck, SUV and van. In particular, features on all models include center opening side cargo doors, a flat floor with dirt and water-resistant urethane coating, and seating that can be folded flat, to the sides, or removed entirely. “A key to the Element’s wide appeal is its versatility and functionality,” said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American Honda. “Element also offers a versatile lineup of models for buyers to choose from. The DX model allows the buyer to configure the vehicle to their personal taste, while EX versions come fully equipped.” Element will be available in DX and EX trim levels with either front-wheel drive or Real Time 4WD. Both models will be available with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. A 2.4-liter, 160-horsepower 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC variable valve control will power all models. The front-wheel drive Element DX with a 5-speed manual transmission has a MSRP of $16,100. With a 4-speed automatic, it will be priced at $16,900. The Element DX equipped with Real Time 4WD and automatic transmission will have a MSRP of $18,300. For more information and downloadable images of the Honda Element and other Honda vehicles, please visit