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Pros: Center-mounted gauges; a must for drivers over 6-feet tall.
Cons: You sit very high, you don't feel part of the car.
Advice: If you like it, buy it, but try the Corolla also.I usually love small, inexpensive economy cars, so I thought this would be the car for me. I drove one and realized it would be my last choice (after test driving 16 cars in 7 months). I hated this car, which is weird for me to say because I am usually the first to look at a car like this. I felt like I was driving a short minivan, and I felt like I was going to fly out the windshield every time I used the brakes. I like the center mounted gauge cluster; most people hate it, but it's a god-send for people over 6-feet tall. I know it is supposed to be an economy car, but this is just 'basement-bargain' shopping. Again, I apologize, but I just had to voice my opinion on this one. But in retraction, if you feel this is the car for you, then don't be afraid to go for it. It does have Toyato quality and great milage. However, please try the Corolla also!
Pros: roomy interior, fun to drive
Cons: stereo just slightly too low, but who cares
Advice: don't overlook this little guyHonestly I didn't pay too much attention to the Echo when it first came out in 2000, simply b/c I didn't like the bodystyle. But the other day while shopping around on the local Toyota lot, I came across a row of 2003 Echos, and my opinion changed completely. The 03 model is revamped both in the front and the rear, and the end result is impressive. So is pretty much everything else on this car. Toyota quality is impossible to beat, and this little car lives up to those high standards. Roomy interior with storage spots all over. Seats are comfortable and positioned well. All the controls are placed in a way that are easy for the driver to reach. Power windows, locks, cruise control add to the ease of this car. Also, you can park it ANYWHERE. Driving impressions: handles well and has peppy acceleration, steering is responsive and tight. I got several positive looks and comments from passerby...maybe they were just trying to figure out what type of car it was, but I think they were impressed. Last words: if you are looking for a comfortable sedan that performs well on a daily basis (and gets excellent gas mileage) then this car is worth your undivided attention
Pros: gas mileage, fun to drive, I could go on and on
Advice: check it out, forget those gas guzzling suv'sI wasn't familiar with this car until I spotted one at my local Toyota dealership one Sunday afternoon. After seeing the price and the gas mileage I became very interested in the 2003 Echo. A few days later the dealer let me test drive a grey 4 door Echo overnight, giving me a chance to see how the car does in different situations. It performed great in every capacity: handling, speed, comfort, etc. I have a 3 yeard old son which means I have a carseat, and it fit no problem in the echo. We took it to the grocery store and loaded it up, and there was still quite a bit of space in the trunk. On the road, it handles well and is fun to drive. Decent power allows you to cruise through city traffic with ease, plus the car is a no-brainer when it comes to parking. The sound system is top-grade as far as stock systems go, and there are little storage spots all over the interior of this car. 3 people asked me about this car while I had it on the test drive. Most new echos you will find won't have many options on them as the car is aimed at the low-end buyer. However, you can buy them with power packages, cruise, keyless, etc. Just be advised that these creature comforts come at some high prices, and that the total price quite possibly will land you in Corolla territory.
Pros: gas mileage
Cons: no clock
Advice: buy it put good tires on it and undercoat for road noisegreat car for the money, when new I put on a set of Michlien tires for a better ride and I undercoated it to reduce road noise You would not believe the difference it made.
Pros: THE LOOK
Cons: LIMITED OPTIONS
Advice: TAKE ALL OPTIONS INCL TINTEASY HANDLING PEPPY CAR. BIG INSIDE LOTS OF COOL STORAGE INCLUING UNDER THE PASSENGER SEAT DRAWER. UNBELIEVABLE SOUNDSYSTEM THAT SOUNDS BETTER THAN BOSE. BEAUTIFUL PAINT SHINE WITH SUNSCREEN. COOL SPORTY LOOK WITH TINT AND MOLDING ALL AROUND. FEELS AND SOUNDS SOLID. OIL CHANGES EVERY 7500 MILES!!
Cons: I need cruise control.
Advice: Save money and the environment with little sacrifice.Everyone kept telling me: Corolla or Focus. I'm so glad I ignored them. This is a gorgeous, distinctive car that I am personally overwhelmed with. For what it is, it has power. For what it is, it has comfort. And it was designed for efficiency, and it delivers. Sometimes I wonder if the gas gauge is broken, as it seldoms moves. Otherwise, the Echo is easy to park. It needs just over a lane for a 360% turn. And there's just something magical about burning past SUV's on the highway, getting -double- their gas mileage. really, you have to try it.
Pros: High seating position
Cons: Lack of center armrest.
Advice: Shop around and you'll get a good deal.Took me three years, but I finally considered it, drove it and fell in love with it. My fears that it would feel unstable and tippy are gone. I have driven it on the highway, on the street, on rainy and stormy days, at night, on windy days, and I have not felt unsafe in this car. Handles great, has enough power, and it is comfortable. Visibility is exceptional as well as maneuverability. Gave up a convertible for this car.