Since you have stated mild trails I can see the Element being a decent vehicle for you.
I've seen some interesting things out on the trails out west. Subaru's running White Rim Trail, Honda Civic on the trails near Ouray, Crown Vic on Hell's Revenge and Baby Lion's Back and an Astro van on 7 Mile Rim (he he mine).
MSN Autos shows that the Element has 6.9" of ground clearance, slightly more than when my vans were stock and I was able to get them to some rather interesting places.
For a bit more clearance CCM Offroad makes a 3" lift for the Element.
Last edited by ihatemybike; 01-08-2013 at 11:28 AM.
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