I Absolutely Love my 2000 Echo! It is 18 years old. It is great in the snow and handle great on the road. Yes I had to replace tires, 2 batteries, and Radio ,but nothing major. I would be this car again tomorrow !
I bought this car 17 yrs ago. Still get Great gas mileage, 27 in town and 32 on the road, over 268K miles. Some maintenance but great for the amount of mileage and how long I have drove it. The dashboard is unique in the center, you can glance at it and the rear view mirror quickly and don't have to try to see thru the steering wheel. I LOVE the height of the seats, much easier to get in and out of the car and great headroom.
Bought this car brand new in 2000. 13 years and 220,000 miles later, I have no plans to let it go anytime soon. Replaced the catalytic converter at about 150,000 miles, but no other repairs ever needed - routine maintenance only. It does leak some oil now, but that's to be expected at this age. 34-36 MPG avg. combined, city and hwy.
Incredibly roomy interior and trunk, given the car's tiny exterior. Interior features are simple and "plastic-y" but are rugged.
Engine has plenty of power and pep, but handling leaves a bit to be desired, especially when taking curves at high speed, or in stiff winds.
Hard to beat for simple, reliable, and comfortable transportation
Reliable, reliable, reliable.
Surprisingly peppy engine with lots of power.
Love the center console display.
Power windows and cruise control would have been nice options.
High-speed handling does not inspire confidence.
Strong winds can push it around a bit.