Great commuter on a budget
By Vivorodz on
2002 Toyota ECHO 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
I have never been displeased with the impact on the pocket book. This car has been driven as a commuter to college (20 miles one way) and as a teacher (25 mi one way) with LOW impact on the pocket book. When gas was in the $1 range I could fill up for around $15, now a days I spent closer to $25 but I am not complaining. I avg. around 30-35 miles per gallon in my automatic and make several trips to San Antonio a year for conventions. This car makes it from the Dallas Fort Worth area to San Antonio (around 300 miles) on 3/4 of a tank easily, fully loaded and with the air conditioner running.
GREAT gas mileage, loads of storage and cubby holes, plenty of room for 4 adults - even over 6 foot, lots of head room, easy to drive and see instrument panel
Upgraded suspension would be nice, you tend to feel the road too much in my opinion. More settings for the wipers other than medium rain and downpour. Standard ABS, power windows, locks, and mirrors.