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The Elio Vs. _______

Happy Friday Elio’ers! Fall is officially here and before you know it, most of us will be adjusting to a time change. Let’s enjoy everything this season has to offer while we can!

If you’ve been a loyal follower of the blog, you probably know that from time to time we’ve compared the Elio to other vehicles that are on the road today. Usually, these comparisons deal with gas mileage and price. Today, in a blog from the archives*, we will compare the Elio to a few different vehicles in terms of size! These dimensions reflect the current design direction and may change slightly, so if you’re thinking about building that new garage for your Elio, don’t plan on these dimensions being exact.

With our configuration and design, the Elio can be a bit of an optical illusion. As we’ve said in the past, the Elio can comfortably seat two 6’2 adults comfortably. The dimensions of the front seat are comparable to the 2017 Honda Accord. The Elio has 39.8” of headroom and 42.7” of legroom, while the Accord’s same dimensions are 37.2’’ and 42.2’’.  The Elio also has the same amount of headroom and legroom as the 2018 Toyota Carola.


At first glance, the Elio may look slightly low to the ground. Actually, our ground clearance 5.75″ which is consistent with other vehicles on the road such as the Honda Accord EX and the Mercedes S550.


With a wheelbase (which is the center of the front wheels to the center of the rear wheel) of 110,” the Elio is similar to the Toyota Corolla, which has a wheelbase of 106. As far as length, the Elio, at 160.5”, is the about the same length as the 2017 Honda Fit, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback, and the Mercedes SLC.


With our front-to-back seating, the space where the door opens is a very important area of the Elio and one that is quite popular with people that have yet to see the Elio in person. To help you visualize the ingress for the Elio, we took three different measurements of the door opening and compared them to other vehicles that you commonly see on the road.


A. The total swing of the door.

B. The dimension from the A-Pillar to the B-Pillar at the belt line

C. The dimension from the outer body to the furthers point of the door when opened

Inches Inches Inches
Elio 48 42 22
Ram Truck 41.5 35 40.5
LaCrosse 42 35 41.5
Average 44 37 35


You can clearly see that the Elio has an ample entry point, even larger than a Ram 3500 quad cab pickup. The other interesting point we can glean information from is the “C” measurement. The Elio extends only 22” past the outside of the wheel, meaning that you can open your door and have over 19” extra clearance from whatever on that side, be it a wall or a roadway. That is over a foot and a half less room that you would need over the LaCrosse, and that is with the door at its widest!

One other measurement that we often get asked is how much room is there to get to the back seat. The number is not on this chart, as it is unique to Elio in this comparison, but that number is 20.5”, pretty good for a coupe set up.

As you can see, while the Elio is unique, it shares many similar dimensions to other four-wheel, four-door vehicles on the road.

Thanks for your support and have a fantastic weekend!

* Originally published February 2, 2018

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