The Honda Element has a Vision Line Height (VLH) of 46-5/8″. To the best of my knowledge, the only car on the North American market that beat this are the Ford Econoline E-series full sized vans, the Ford Transit Connect and the pre 2007 Scion XBs. Note when I say car I am not including RVs and commercial vehicles.
I didn’t want a city slicker street box or a gas guzzling behemoth, so the Honda Element made the most sense of the three for me. Besides the large VSL, the interior is spacious in general. The roof extends well above the already high roofline, and though this may not result in increased visibility, it diminishes the usual claustrophobia caused by the roof being too close to ones head. Furthermore, the tall doors make for easy entrance and exit for the tall person.
Some loath the vehicle, perhaps because it’s the furthest thing around from fitting the sleek fast car or the tough truck profiles. However others adore it for its uncompromising function over form approach. With its seating versatility, open cargo space, wide opening barn doors, tailgate, washable floors, optional all wheel drive, optional manual transmission, and efficient 4 cylinder engine, it is the dream vehicle for those who love car camping, dogs, transporting stuff, biking, or adventures of all sorts.
For me, I feel extremely lucky that one of the top three automobiles for VSL also happens to be, in my opinion, the most versatile vehicle on the market.
Alas, form wins out over function; the Honda Element was discontinued in 2011. I’m thinking I better hoard a few. I better not let on just how precious these vehicles are… oops…