2001 Toyota ECHO Consumer Review: Excellent Value and Safe

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Excellent Value and Safe
By MSmith on


2001 Toyota ECHO 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


I bought a 2001 4-door, Auto. Trans. Toyota Echo twice. 2 weeks apart. The 1st Echo was destroyed by an idiot that smashed into me while he was trying to cross 4 lanes of traffic. The front end of my Echo was completely crumpled, both airbags deployed, and the car was completely totaled. I was so impressed by this car's ability to protect me and my boy (he was completely unharmed, and I only suffered seat belt abrasions), I imm. bought another one to replace it. It has been 4 years now, 96k miles, and I have had only two minor probs: the CD player got fried the 1st year for unknown reasons and the gear shift light doesn't always light up. Also: I avg. 36 mpg despite my jack-rabbit starts.

Best Features

High mpg. Quality materials, fit and finish. Great headroom, and better visibility than most econo cars. Very good storage, split rear seats, and a great sound system. (I bought the premium sys.) Excellent 0-60 acceleration despite the small 1.5L engine and autotranny.

Worst Features

Needs a center arm rest and a smoother window / door trim to rest your arm on when the window is open. Everything else is perfect.
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