This car is absolutely wonderful! I have loved it from the day I bought it. We have had 3 minivans since we bought this car and I still prefer my ECHO. It is effected by the wind, but it is well worth it. With the price of gas it is a real asset to own. I would buy it again if I needed another car. It isn't the most comfortable on long trips, especially not having a right-arm rest for the driver. The safety is greatly appreciated.
The double glove box is wonderful and I love the location of the dashboard. It was a concern at first but now I love it. The trunk is large and being able to put the back seats down is great. I also love the radio/cd player. It handles great and you can park in almost any spot in the lot.
It really needs an arm rest. I would also put bigger cup holders in it, especially the ones in the front. It doesn't hold my 44oz. soda very well.
I love this car! I got it the first year it was out. I had original tires on it until I replaced them a few weeks ago. So, that was 5 years and the only reason that I did it was that Michelin had a sale.
It is roomy for a small car and has lots of storage areas. I like the location of the displays. You can glance down easier while driving.
My dealer did not have a floor model with auto locks, I would have liked that. I will order one next time.
I cannot say enough about how I feel about this car . One word says it best, great. I love everything about it, from its storage withen to its 40 mpg. We live a couple of hours from Charlette NC and have taken our Echo at least 7 times not to mention a couple of trips to Tenn. and S.C. My wife is now saying that she is going to start to drive it to work because of gas prices. I usually fill it up every 2 weeks sometimes longer. When we bought it, it had 39k now we are at about 50k and still going strong.
We bought this car after graduating from
college -- it was the only new car we
could afford, and it met my strict
retentive guidelines (safety, gas
mileage, low cost of ownership). This
car has been fantastic. It's survived a
move to Vermont (think mountains), which
is pretty good for a little 1.5 liter
engine. Perhaps the most impressive in
the gas mileage -- 40mpg highway. You
can barely get that in a hybird car.
The car is also well laid-out, with
plenty of headroom for our 6' tall
friend. I do my own synthetic oil
changes, and that engine runs like the
day it came off the lot. The CD player
recently died, and the air intake had to
be replaced. Other than that, smooth
Gas mileage!!! You can't beat 40mpg.
Easy to park, easy to drive (love the
center console), and thus far very low
maintenance. Lots of interior storage,
and a good sized trunk, too!
It would be nice if I could fit a full
size spare in the wheel well, instead of
the dinky donut tire. Also, after
waxing the car, it's nearly impossible
to get the wax residue off the rocker
panels. But that is minor, I suppose!
our 2000 model now has 85,000 miles on
it and it still runs as good as new and
has only needed a set of tires and that
is it. Over 40 mpg on the highway even
in 95 degree heat , going 85 with the
AC on high and 3 people and luggage. In
the low to mid 30's in stop and go
driving, never have we averaged less
than 30 mpg. Decent stereo and pretty
confortable, makes a great commuter
car. Oddly it cost more to insure than
our 2002 4x4 Nissan Xterra.
Reliability and gas mpg.
Arm rest. Other than that I say leave
it alone, it does its job perfectly,
but seriously Toyota add an armrest. We
actually use a pillow.