Elio Is A 100 Mph, 84 Mpg Three Wheeled Car For $6800 – And We Want One Bad!

Sure, three-wheeled commuter cars still look odd.  Despite that, you can't deny they likely have a place on our future roads, with new ones popping up on a steady basis.  The Elio, a new entrant to this half-motorcycle, half-car category, might be one of the most interesting.

Housing a 1-liter 3-cylinder front-mounted engine, the Elio puts out a paltry 70 hp. While that may not sound much, it's enough to push the lightweight ride to respectable speeds of 100 mph and a 0 to 60 mph of 9.6 seconds, making it perfectly fit for highway driving. Sure its not a speed demon but looks like this should be a fun vehicle on inner city roads none the less.

More importantly, the Elio's small powertrain uses up gas like a miser, putting up a fuel economy of up to 84 mpg in highways and 49 mpg for city use.  As such, the eight gallons of gas it can carry onboard is actually enough to fuel it for a range of 672 miles, making for one of the most economical options for daily commutes and even longer trips.  Catch is, it's only designed for 1+1 seating, so it's a ride for those times you're going solo on the road, rather than a primary car for the family.

Vehicle dimensions are tiny at 13.3 x 9.2 feet (length x wheelbase), although the company claims it can fit 95 percent of men, even showing off test photos of a 6'8'' dude riding it.  It comes complete with safety and comfort features, including roll bars, a five-star crash test rating, anti-lock brakes, A/C, heater, power windows, and more.

The Elio is slated for deliveries in July 2014, with prices starting at just $6,800. We seriously can't wait to test drive one!

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8 Responses

  1. Eric

    For $6,800 I’d buy one right now if it truly got those MPGs on regular gas. Perfect for a first-car for people and older when kids are grown up and you just need a commuter. That allows you the spare cash on the side to have the SUV as your other car when needed

  2. Steve

    When they’re available for all I will be buying one for sure. Amazing and so economical in this day and age of hyper-inflation.

  3. John

    I love this car great product for the money and the future and the nice part there is know greed to over charge because and honest man like yourself and a very smart business man will do real well with this car god bless you keep up the good work I AM 59 YEARS OLD AND WOULD LOVE ONE OF THESE CARS I would love one for my son who is now 16 years old please email me when they are on sale in Boston Mass thank you and great job and can you also keep me updated on this great car thank you I beleave these cars are going to be a very big seller at a great price people can afford thanks again John. C. WILLIS

  4. Diane

    I am waiting patiently, or shall I say waiting for my Elio. Let’s everyone put in an order to help move production along! I did!

  5. Steve

    You really need to develop a front seat two-seater. As it stands it’s only good for cruising alone or by throwing someone in the back. Side-by-side really would be best for couples. Just a thought. 🙂

  6. STEVE Klein

    I am much more concerned about safety of every one on the road; Do they have airbags ( the type that work) , a sturdy frame, have crash test data vs medium sized care at the lease, eclectronic collision avoidance features, floats (incase of accident into water).

    Are ABS appripriate?

    Tell me and will get on


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