Three-Wheeled Vehicles: Waste or Worthwhile?


Hey guys, we’re here on the beautiful Angeles Crest Highway
with a very special treat, 3 three wheelers; the Polaris Slingshot, the Vanderhall Speedster,
and the Morgan 3 Wheeler. They all have three
wheels but they all are very different from the other two. I can’t wait to see how
they drive, let’s go. The first of our lot is the
Vanderhall Venice Speedster. In a weird way, this $27,000
speedster is the most futuristic car of the group. It’s a turbo-boosted,
6-speed, automatic machine, but it is relatively practical. With large amounts of
storage in the cockpit, and it’s perfect for
cruising down the open road for extended periods of time. Not to incriminate myself,
but I did have this puppy cruising happily up past
90 miles per hour and it didn’t miss a beat. In fact, it was almost dialed in too much. You get the definite
feeling that one wrong flick of the wrist or
misstep on the breaks could get you into a very hairy situation and this beast corners beautifully. All in, it was my favorite
one to drive of the group. If you kind of like a
futuristic yet retro-style and you want something
ideal for long cruises, the Vanderhall is a great option. Now for the second car of our lineup, at just under $20,000,
the Polaris Slingshot has the least expensive
starting price of the group, but it comes with the most technology. The minute you step inside you feel like you could take this thing anywhere. This is by far the fastest
and most capable of any on rough terrain or for the long haul. It also comes with creature
comforts like backup cameras, cup holders, and a push-button
start that is as easy to activate as the clutch is to use. This is a 5-speed, 3 Wheeler with a car-like manual transmission. It’s paired with a 173 horsepower, GM made, four-cylinder engine,
and traction control systems that make the Polaris the most
like the modern car to drive, but I have to admit, I just can’t get past the circus sideshow looks here, that cartoonish body styling, I really can’t get into
the idea of owning one. And finally, the supermodel of the group, the Special Edition Morgan 3
Wheeler, that we drove today costs $80,000, but that is to be expected. Each Morgan 3 Wheeler
is hand-built in England at the same factory that they
built them in since 1914. The beautiful detailing of
the dashboard instruments, the careful stitching
on the leather seats, and the intricate craftsmanship
of the V Twin engine at the front of the car,
captivate from every angle. Now, the Morgan is a manual vehicle, the clutch is super tight and high, there is no power steering,
and the breaks feel wooden and vague in the typical way that you’d find any vintage car. It really keeps you
busy when you drive it, but it is a true delight. It’s all very analog and
real in that special way that we rarely get these
days, in a world dominated with computer and cellphone screens. The Morgan is by far the
most raw and engaging drive experience of the bunch. Okay, so each of these
cars is very different and I use that term car as
loosely, you know what I mean. I have to admit I was extremely skeptical about driving them, but
each has it’s own purpose. For fast highway cruising,
choose the Vanderhall. For off-road excitement and
a tech-laden experience, hopefully away from anyone
who can identify you, choose the Polaris. And for the true love of
driving a beautiful machine, choose the Morgan. With any of these, you
can have a lot of fun. I guess it just goes to show
that old saying is true, “Don’t knock it until you try it.” Whoa! That was awesome!