2003 Toyota ECHO Consumer Review: Not bad, but not for tall folk

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Not bad, but not for tall folks
By jazbees on


2003 Toyota ECHO 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 4A)


Bought it in 2006. Not a bad little car, but it didn't have quite the leg room that this driver needed. Started having muscle/joint aches in my right leg after commuting with it for a while. Switched back to our other car (a '96 Geo Prizm) and the pain disappeared. Aside from that, it was okay. The odd placement of the gauges (a little to the right of the steering wheel) took some getting used to. Very peppy, excellent fuel economy. No major issues that I can recall. Its trunk crumpled quite well when we got rear-ended by a Dodge Ram in early '11, which protected our daughter in the back seat. It did its job, and is now resting peacefully in a junk lot.

Best Features

Excellent fuel economy, great get-up-and-go. Roomy trunk considering the car's small size.

Worst Features

Ours didn't come with power steering, which drove us a little nuts at times. I don't recommend getting any car without it, but it's especially troublesome with this one.
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