HONDA ELEMENT: UGLIEST CAR ON THE PLANET (AFTER MY TRUCK)?
Whatever were the designers at Honda doing when they decided to build the Element? Did the team spend their days drinking monshine just to take the edge off? Or did they want to see if they could pull off the biggest practical joke since the moon landings (what - you really believe they happened?)
Honestly, the sales folks at Honda deserve bonuses for having the chutzpah to convince ANYONE to buy one of these things.
"Oh yes, sir, you'll find that all the Hollywood stars are driving these. Next to his Hummer, it's Arnold's favorite!"
"Of course, only people with a sense of style realize that this is an avant-garde design that is sure to be seen as a classic in the future."
"The Element is designed to be the most functional car in the world."
Functional my arse! It's downright ugly and an affront to the eyes. One friend of mine tried to convince me that it has been designed to be the easiest car to clean internally. Well whoop-tee-doo! Personally, filling the thing with garbage would be an improvement.
Maybe that stumpy, box-like shape makes it easier to dispose of using a car-crusher. Perhaps the squareness means you can put spots on each face and use it as a giant dice by hitting it repeatedly by a few 40 ton trucks. Who knows?
As this is before we even THINK about the totally uninspired color choices. But even if you went for a yellow-and-peach custom design, it would still remain a disaster of a car, a tribute to the insane triumph of function over form.
So if you disagree, just go right ahead and buy the damn thing. But don't come whining when you try to trade it in after a couple of months and your Honda dealer says "You've got a what?" and falls over in hysterics.