You can fold the seats up and to the sides. The compactness and tallness.
My Honda Element has been an extremely reliable car only ever suffering from a few small issues all easily fixed. The only problem to happen multiple times was both driver side and passenger side window motors stopped working causing the window to be stuck open. This has happen three times in total but was always quickly replaced. I find the driver's seat to be very comfortable and easy to sit in for several hours. The few time I have been in the passenger seat it was also comfortable. However I find the back seats to be very uncomfortable and unpleasant to sit in. though I normally have the up so it is not a problem. I love that I can hang the sets up and have them out of the way making so much room available . overall I love my Honda element and find it to be a great car.