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Honda Element Gets the Hook

Hey, some people liked driving around in a four-wheeled toaster. But it turns out most people didn't, and after a nine-year run the Honda Element will be hanging up its wheels. Honda announced late last week it was ceasing production of the Element in 2011.

On its website, Honda cites customers' slow migration toward the CR-V , its crossover vehicle that features better refinement (i.e., a smoother ride), as well as improved fuel economy.

Since the Element's debut in December of 2002, more than 325,000 were sold in the United States. There were quite a few iterations of the vehicle during its lifespan, from 2007's bolder looking SC model to last year's offering of an Element with a dog-friendly package . Over the years cosmetic enhancement helped keep the Element looking fresh, but newer boxy competitors, such as Nissan's Cube, stole its rectangular thunder.

Farewell, Element. We barely knew ye.

But will we actually miss ye? Do you own an Element? If so, what do you think of its imminent demise? Let me know here, or drop me an email, at P.S. If you were planning on buying one, you'd better get cracking.

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