A brand new car that gets 84 MPG and costs less than $7,000 sounds too good to be true, but Elio Motors just unveiled a new three-wheeled vehicle that hits all those marks. The affordable two-seater Elio gets amazing mileage, and it’s small enough for a congested urban environment.
The Elio is pretty small at only 160 inches long with a 110 inch wheelbase. But even though it is small on the outside, Elio Motors says that the car has been designed to fit 95% of all men.”The tallest person we have had in the Elio is a 6’8″ former college basketball player, the largest is a 6’3″ 325 lb man.” The Elio has room for two passengers that sit in tandem, which means that the passenger sits right behind the driver. Elio Motors also says that the Elio is safe with a Safety Management System that includes three airbags – a reinforced roll-cage frame, anti-lock braking system, and 50% larger crush zones than similar vehicles.
Because of the Elio’s small size, the company was able to achieve a high fuel economy rating without the use of an electric motor or hybrid powertrain. Instead the Elio is powered by a three-cylinder 1.0L engine that generates 70 horsepower. The Elio is rated at 84 mpg on the highway and 49 mpg in the city. Thanks to its eight gallon fuel tank, the Elio can travel up to 672 miles on a single tank of gas. It can also reach speeds over 100 MPH, and 0-60 mph in under 9.6 seconds.
When the Elio goes on sale it will be built at Elio Motors plant in Shreveport, LA beginning in the spring of 2014 with a starting price of only $6,800.