The 2009 Honda Element makes the most out of a vehicle that's quite compact and easy to park, with a van-like body, an extremely versatile interior, and rear-hinged back doors that allow wide loading access. Inside, a black urethane utility floor cleans up easily, and the seat upholstery is moisture-resistant, making the Element a good choice for those with pets, babies, or messy cargo. There's seating for up to four people, and the back seats flip up easily for larger cargo, or they can be removed completely. All Elements have multiple beverage holders, cargo hooks for strapping down larger items (like bikes), and spacious door pockets on all four doors. The Element is available in three versions: base LX, luxurious EX, and sporty SC. The LX and EX models are available with 2WD or 4WD, while the SC is only available with front-wheel drive. The EX (4WD) and SC trims are available with 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. The Element comes with just one engine, a 2.4L iVTEC 4-cylinder that produces 166 horsepower and 160 pound-feet of torque. An available real-time 4WD system brings more traction for driving on snow or sand. When wheels slip, the system can send up to 70 percent of engine power to the rear wheels as needed. A strut-based chassis up front and double-wishbone suspension in the rear give the Element its confident driving experience. The SC model adds a sporty edge to the Element, adding a lowered sport suspension, stronger stabilizer bars, a faster steering ratio, larger 18-inch alloy wheels and projector-beam headlights. All Elements have standard Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), anti-lock brakes with brake assist, front seat-mounted side air bags and side curtain air bags with a rollover sensor system. The interior capacity is a capacious 75 cubic feet, depending on the configuration. The cargo bay features a washable rubber floor, which can be removed, attached to screw-on legs, and turned into a picnic table. Options for all trims are largely activity-focused. For instance, buyers can purchase cargo organizers, a tailgate seatback and attachments for kayaks, bikes, snowboards or skis.