Fantastic First Car
By VAwaterdrop on
2003 Toyota ECHO 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
This was my first car and also the vehicle that I learned how to drive in so needless to say it took a lot of beatings! It never fails to impress with great handling and much better power than you would expect from just looking at it. It handles corners well, no problem at all accelerating onto the freeway in the city or switching in/out of lanes in a hurry (the handling on this car has been a lifesaver in preventing accidents). I have the four door so while the backseat probably wouldn't fit two adults comfortable for a roadtrip, it's perfect for around town. It's never required anything other than general maintenance and it's getting on 5 years old/162,000 m. Would definitely recommend!!
Everyone else in AZ is paying $60-$100 to fill up and doing it once or twice a week, I fill up on $30 and go about a week and a half/two weeks. Really nice sounding stock stereo also, not "tinny" like the some other small cars. Cabin room is great also. Good getty-up on highways. Very reliable car.
I do agree with previous reviews stating that when you're on the highway and it gets too windy, it is a little difficult to keep it in its own lane; I've adjusted to it and work with it but that could definitely be improved. After 5 years that's really my only complaint with this little car!