Boxes aren’t so bad are they?

Posted in Cars, Ford, Honda by Tony C on October 5, 2009

A few years ago I emailed Honda UK and asked if they’d ever bring the Element into the good old Blighty, not to everyone’s taste I know but with two dogs as passengers it seems a practical if maybe quirky choice.   The reply puzzled me though by stating that the Element,

represents Honda doing what it does best – being individualistic, doing things differently, boldly going where other companies cannot or dare not

but sadly for all sorts of reasons they’re were no plans to give UK buyers the benefit of this rather prosaic vision.  Odd seeing as it’s available in right hand drive form in Japan and as we know with the large number of grey imports from the Land of the Rising Sun on UK roads it couldn’t be that difficult with the resources at Honda’s disposal to sell them here. 

But now Ford US are getting in on the box with a wheel at each corner act with the Flex.  But as you’d imagine being American it’s done on a much bigger scale, whereas the Element is underneath a modest Honda Accord the Ford is 3.5l V6 with fuel figures to match.  Apparently it comes with something called ‘Eco Boost’ which gives it a huge 16mpg around town, maybe someone from Honda’s marketing department has moved to Ford in the intervening period. 

Can’t help thinking though the Flex looks like the love child of a Mini Clubman and Range Rover Sport.