America’s Cheapest Car At $7995

The 2013 Snyder st600-c may look familiar to you. That’s because it’s essentially the same Chinese-built car as the electric Zap Zebra automobiles sold in the U.S., but re-branded with the Snyder name as well as a 2 cylinder conventional gasoline engine mated to a four speed manual transmission. What starts out as a Chinese car that costs just about $2350 FOB price in China is imported into the U.S., and given a few upgrades and options and rolled out at the far steeper $7995 price tag for American consumers.

With just three wheels the small four door sedan automobiles actually rate as motorcycles, allowing them to skate past a lot of DOT rules that apply only to automobiles that have four wheels. But, by motorcycle standards, a three wheeler like this should be pretty safe as well as comfortable. Not every motorcycle has a glovebox and an ashtray like this car does.

The little cars turn out an impressive fuel economy rating of up to 70 miles per gallon in addition to a top speed in the neighborhood of 55mph, which makes the cars just perfect for city driving, although probably the slowest cars on the freeway. But, hey, for the low price, relatively comfortable seating, and great fuel economy, you have to expect a few compromises…

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  • MichaelLaprarie

    Much less car than a Yugo, for roughly double the price of the Yugo 25 years ago.

  • And how well does it corner? Top Gear’s tests of the Reliant Robin come to mind…