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Pros: just phat and dope, you dont see many, very reliable
Cons: no power windows??? say whut???
Advice: just hook it up and get your floss onThis car is just off the chain. You don't see many of them on the road, and my guess is that America's love affair with SUV's won't allow them to check out something so small. Too bad. The Echo offers a lot for a low price. It is a Toyota so you know it will keep going like the Energizer bunny. Plus it has a peppy tricked out engine and lots of storage compartments. Even the double decker glove box gets mad props from me and my nappy crew. I wish it had more power action, at least some power windows. When I bounce up to Taco Bell it is wack to have to roll down my window. Maybe the 03 model of the Echo will offer more stuff so keep your eyez open.
Pros: its an echo
Cons: all the SUv's running over me
Advice: upgrade upgrade upgradeWhere do I start. This car is so much for the money, plus it has the Toyota name on it. I got mine with all 3 upgrade packages and it is worth it, I don't have to reach across the car to roll down the window. Neat, huh? Plus the car will fly and gets like 38 mile per gallon. It has storage spots all over the vehicle to put cd's gameboy games etc in so that is nice. On the down side you get run off the road by all the big SUV's but I can drive in most ditches fairly well. You get used to it. Just loosen up the steering column and inflate the tires, and the echo will keep on echoing. Oh what a feeling.
Pros: Wonderful gas mileage
Cons: No cruise control
Advice: Test drive this first and save yourself a lot of time trying others.This is by far the best car I have owned in many, many years. My father-in-law loved the car so much, he sold his pick up truck and bought one for himself. My dad loves the car so much that when we go for a drive, he likes to drive. It handles well and maneuvers turns and parking lots with the greatest of ease. Even my daughter who is in college loves the ease of this car. The inside is roomy enough for the tallest people, with a trunk large enough to carry whatever I need and fold down seats for added room to haul. In these times of financial uncertainties, the high gas mileage is a great comfort. People are always looking at it trying to figure out exactly what it is - a VW PT Cruiser combo? They say it looks foreign, well that's because it is. With such a great price we are looking to buy a second one, stick this time. I have not enjoyed a car this much in a very long time and recommend it to anyone. We drove it from Ohio to Florida when we first bought it a year ago, and the drive was very comfortable. There are lots of compartments and storage spaces, and who could argue five cup holders. My husband is the one with all the common sense, and after checking out other cars in much higher price ranges, he decided this car had everything and more that we were looking for. The only thing I would add, is cruise control. Susan in Ohio
Pros: Storage spaces
Cons: High Seats and chintzy upholstery
Advice: Get something elseI used to drive a Geo Storm, so I'm accustomed to small box cars--but I'd take that old Storm over the Echo any day. When I test-drove the Echo, I immediately wanted to get out. Yeah, all the little storage spaces are nice, but the high seats made it feel as if I was going to be thrown out the windshield at any moment. The salesman was really pushy, too, like a test drive meant I was ready to sign on the dotted line. I got the Sentra instead, for less than the Echo, it turns out, and I'm totally satisfied.
Pros: low cost, yet very reliable
Cons: hard to find one with all the options I wanted
Advice: Test drive it and fall in love with it!This little car can be surprisingly quick. I loved it when I test drove it and ended up buying it. Handles nicely. Very, VERY affordable and Toyota has great customer service. Gas mileage is excellent. Great commuter car and high roof and high seats make the inside roomier than I expected. I used to drive a VW Golf and I definitely prefer the Echo. My backseat passengers have more leg room than in the Golf. Trunk space is TINY, and interior's plastic looks a little cheap-- but then again, it's a cheap car, so what do you expect? Central console took some getting used to, but now that I'm used to it, I realize it makes it easier to keep my eyes on the road. ABS is a hard option to come by-- they don't make many with that, as well as the fold down rear seat-- so if you're lucky enough to come across one with those options, snatch it up.
Pros: the dome-shaped roof.....its great for tall people
Cons: the horn...its too sensitive
Advice: have a brother whose a body guy...the paint job bitesThis is a great little car. With the exception of every thing being an option...im suprised a windshield wasnt an option....its good for the money. I have 2 children and this car is perfect for us. The black looks great but is impossible to keep clean...my own fault i suppose. But i recomend it for people that cant afford the higher priced toyotas.
Pros: Cabin space and fuel efficiency.
Cons: Trunk could have been better designed.
Advice: This is the best performer in the Economy car area.The ECHO delivers on its promise of ease of use, efficiency and reliability. The ECHO also provides ample interior room, great visibility, peppy performance, above average sound system, huge trunk, great finish and a plethora of storage niches. Room for improvement on the echo is: front tire hop while accelerating in wet conditions, a little more power for steep grades, trunk hinges that don't eat up room, a larger trunk pass thru to main cabin, better placement of power lock activator, and a better interior light. Overall, no other car gives more value for dollar spent than the 2002 ECHO.