After 2 years I like the Echo as much as when I started with it. It responds quickly to steering inputs. It accelerates smoothly and strongly. Great turning radius and good visibility makes it so easy to park. Fuel economy is excellent. I agree that the car is not physically attractive, but that fades as an issue when you live with the Echo.
Fun and easy to drive. Responsive steering. Good acceleration. Very roomy on the inside. Wonderful fuel economy. Always reliable.
Gear shift is acceptable at best.
Would be nice to have a tachometer.