As if a bumper sticker proclaiming your love for dogs isn't enough, now you can get an entire vehicle devoted solely to Fido. I am dog friendly, and love a good mutt, but the cleverness of this $995 package is sadly trumped by the cheesiness. As Joe DeMatio made reference to, it's a way for Honda to put an inexpensive new spin on a dated model.
The time I spent behind the wheel was short and unfortunately I didn't get a chance to load my dog into it. However, I noticed that driving over unsmooth roads or crawling over something as simple as a speed bump creates a ruckus from the items moving around. This would grow tiresome. And the kennel takes up almost the entire storage area, so where do you put your non-canine cargo?
The Honda Element is already built for a dog-friendly audience, so to me a specific dog-friendly version just seams to be splitting hairs.
Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator