With its cheap interior and wobbly handling, the Echo doesn't seem like much of a bargain, especially when you consider the more capable, better-packaged offerings from Hyundai and Toyota's own Scion division.
by Jo Jo the Monkey Boy on Aug 10, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Toyota ECHO 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
I wanted a reliable car. Toyota has
the "bullet proof" rep for quality -
and Consumer Reports gave the Echo the
highest quality rating of the low-end
compact sedans. I am very pleased with
the gas mileage - better than Kia,
Hyundai, or Chevy Aveo - and I've
really appreciated that with gas prices
being so high this summer. I really
don't car about styling, acceleration,
handling - it's a good little car to
get me to work. I don't want to spend
time haggling with auto mechanics
trying to rip me off and I think the
Echo has the built-in quality to stay
out of the shop.
by Alias Name on Jul 10, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Toyota ECHO 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
My wife & I bought the Echo new in '01.
My ego had inhibitions, but it was for
her & I respected Toyota quality. I
inherited a '97 Grand Prix GT. Although
the Echo is a bit under-powered for my
taste, I'd drive it over any car I've
had. It's functional, fun & easy to
drive, capable & economical. Edmunds
latest review wasn't useful. It seemed
they were evaluating it on standards it
wasn't built for. If you want a gas-
guzzling, gangly, glorified minivan
(refering to SUV's), you won't be
interested in a small car. We love it
(including our 8-week old whose car
seat fits great). And the crash test
results Edmonds was so worried about
later received 4 of 5 stars.
by clock on May 24, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Toyota ECHO 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
Its a good car to get around town in.
gas mileage is what primarily
attracted me to it.I get an average
of about 300 miles out of a tank in
the city.The sound system is
great,and provides enough oomph
to please the ear.The car is pretty
good with roominess for what you are
getting.I'd say 4 adults can sit
comfortably inside.This car has
enough power to get up to the mid-90s
comfortably, top speed, like110mph.It
cruises on the highway pretty well,
good amount of passing power.Its not
a sports car,Handling: in a
crosswind, it feels like the car is
may want to drift.This is only at
high speeds. A/C is decent, same with
heat. LOTS of headroom.Good car!
by Locke on May 18, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Toyota ECHO 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
We purchased our Echo 5 door hatchback
from a dealer in Canada, and imported
it to the U.S. Call your nearest
Toyota dealer across the border for
the "how to do this" details. The
warranty is valid in the U.S. The
Hatchback is NOT a Scion, and is
really not an Echo. It is a European
designed car (called the Yaris) that
in Europe typically has a smaller
engine. For import to Canada they put
in the Echo engine. The performance is
fabulous. 40MPG all the time in mixed
driving. Seats 4 adults in comfort.
It's 2 inches longer than a Mini, and
has plenty of room in the trunk for
carry-on suitcases or grocery bags.
Seats fold down for bigger things.
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