Car gets 84 miles per gallon, costs just $6,800, and is made in America


The economy is still on the ropes, so buying  a new car is pretty tough right now. However, don’t be too hard on yourself because there’s a car out there just for you, well, assuming you’re not interested in driving with a passenger.

Thanks to Elio Motors, you won’t have to break the bank due to its new three wheel car. It’s an unusual looking thing, and as we mentioned above, it comes with a single seat for a single passenger, and that’s you, driver. What’s awesome about this car is that it gets 84 miles per gallon on the highway, 49 miles per gallon in the city at 100 MPH, which is pretty impressive in our eyes. Especially when you consider that the car really isn’t that small — it is roughly the size of a Cadillac in length.

Furthermore, this single seat car only consumers 1/3 of gas when compared to an ordinary car, and it will only cost you a decent $6,800 (USD). Can you beat that? Most likely not.

For folks in the USA, you’ll be happy to know that’s where the car is manufactured. The company believes that it will create 1,500 jobs at its Shreveport, LA plant alone beginning in 2014. Cheaper cars that burn less gas and more job for Americans; it’s a win-win situation.

Hopefully Elio Motors is able to stick around for a while, because these cars have the capability to impact the automotive industry in a big way. Unfortunately, though, it isn’t clear when Elio Motors will start actually selling this car; currently you can reserve one though.

[via This is Why I’m Broke]

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  • Peter

    “… in the city at 100 MPH”.
    Pedestrians have to duck and cover in the US?

  • Ashraf

    This is how most cars should be, if you consider how the majority of cars on the road — especially in the US — are often filled by just the driver.

  • Mike

    An interesting idea, until you recall that this mileage is the same or less than that from standard-sized electric cars and electric/gas hybrids. Of course, the price is much less, tho.

  • Seamus McSeamus

    I wonder what kind of structural integrity this thing has; how protected is the cab in the event of a crash? Is it a reinforced cage similar to a race car? It’s good to know that at 6’5″ I’d still be able to fit inside, but their web page leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

  • Mao

    The link to reserve the car doesn’t work.
    I was going to place an order for 10….

    I will buy my health insurance first…. I hope they fixed the website.