When I bought it in 2002 it was all I could afford. Now 7 years later I do not want to drive anything else. Not a single problem and great fuel economy on top of that. Add trouble free driving in the brutal Alberta winters to the list of praise. Being handed off to my girls now and I am sure they will get another 7 years of trouble free driving.
Large trunk. Fits two golf bags with pull carts. Very spacious inside. Fuel economy.
I bought a 2002 echo for my daughter but she had to finish her driver training and get her licence. In the meantime I was driving the car and when it came time to hand the keys over to her I had a hard time because it is such a great little car, fun to drive, great gas mileage. Sad day for me, but happy for her.