I have had my Echo since 2004 and I absolutely love it! It is zippy and gets wonderful gas mileage. It runs great and is a trooper in the snow (and We get a lot of snow where I live too). I recently took it to the local Toyota dealer for inspection and they said everything is still in great shape. I know when it comes time to buy a new car, it will be a sad day for me to part with my Echo.
"Wow it's zippy!" were my first words when I first drove this car. The acceleration is very responsive, the small engine was more than enough for this featherweight (just beware strong wind and rain), and it got better mileage than most hybrids. It's certainly stylish, and although the interior is lackluster, the high instrument panel to the right of the driver allowed for better eye contact with the road. For eight years, with regular oil changes and diagnostics, I never had a single problem with the car until I drove the car into another. The front crumpled, saving my life, but it crumpled far too easily and the car was totaled while the other car barely got a scratch.
Amazing mileage, great overall quality, good in a crash, roomy interior (I'm 6'3" and was extremely comfortable), and not to mention enough capacious compartments and trunk space for anything you'll need to take with you.
While its light weight allowed for great mileage and acceleration, it was easily pushed around in a storm. One minor accident totaled the car while the other car merely got a scratch. Its lightweight construction was easily dented and cracked.
I bought this 2002 Toyota Echo for my daughter in 2005. It had 59K miles on it then. After 5 years and another 50K miles, this car runs like new! Oil changes and a new set of tires are the only $ invested. Its bright red color & peppy drive make people ask what kind of car is that? After she graduates from college, I will buy my daughter a new car & I plan to drive this ECHO until the wheels fall off, even though I doubt it will happen. On her 1200 mile trips to college, she gets around 45 MPG. I think the ECHO may be one of the best built cars ever made. I'm hoping to get over 300,000 miles on this car. You cannot go wrong buying a Toyota Echo.
MPG, peppy motor, quality interior appointments, no timing belt to change, has a timing chain that does not require changing
Economical car, 30mpg avg, easily fits in tight parking spaces, pretty good around town. The ride is a little bumpy, and it's noisy at highway speed. Acceleration is OK for on ramps but a little underpowered for climbing hills.
A lovely little vehicle. I am 6'2"
tall. I sit upright in the driver's
seat, with plenty of room above the
top of my hat. The only negative
comfort feature is the foot rest for
the left foot, sized for a midget.
That can be uncomfortable,
particularly for long
drives. I waited
three months for delivery of my Echo
in order to get an Antilock Braking
System (ABS); a very worthwhile
The center-mounted instrument cluster
can be read easily through the upper,
distance lens of bifocals. Great
radio-CD-cassette player. 35 mpg gas
mileage. Good, fast-appearing heat on
cold winter days. ABS has already
saved me from accidents three times in
MUST have a cruise control; that's THE
major deficiency. Coolant temperature
guage would be SO much better than
warning lights. Power door lock
switch should be mounted on door, not
center console. Electrically-heated
side view mirrors would be very