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 B Dub on Aug 25, 2009 Vehicle: 2004 Toyota ECHO 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
I feel like I won the lottery when I found this car. 2002 with 19k on it. A new car for 50% off! Since then, I average a combined 43 mpg summer/39 mpg winter at 9000 feet up in the mountains. Power to weight ratio is fantastic, especially considering the fuel economy. Acceleration good, cornering good, braking superb = great in snow. Slightly worse mpg than Prius, but no huge toxic battery! Better performance than Prius due to its much lighter weight and all at one third the price! Much less complicated mechanically and Toyota build quality should equal great longevity and reliability. I've see Echos with 400k on them. This car is the nerd that never was popular but won in the end.
by sctam1007 on Dec 17, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Toyota ECHO 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
After having SUVs, my concern was being
able to haul stuff around. With the
folding rear seats, I'm still able to
haul 2X4's and other home improvement
items. Great gas mileage (remember the
SUVs). It feels much larger on the
inside that what you would think. My
husband is 6'4" and has plenty of
head/leg room. We also have had 4 plus
size people inside and still lots of
room. I've found I can fit more into
the trunk than I could in the "trunk"
of my Jeep Liberty.
I would recommend this car to anyone.
It is a great value.