2004 Toyota ECHO Hatchback 1.5 from North America
This is a great cheap and spunky car
Nothing at all.
This is a very tight, reliable car it handles well up to about 140kmh.
The interior is very large and roomy.
Its quirky looks are sort of fun-a smart car on steroids.
Very cheap on fuel over 50 mpg on the highway and about 40 mpg in the city.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th March, 2005
20th Apr 2005, 05:50
If you read the original review again, he says a "SMART" car on steroids. As in the SMART fortwo... except bigger and more powerful. Then again.. almost any car on the road could be a SMART on steroids.
21st May 2005, 17:15
The above comments about steroids and SUV owners is completely ridiculous.
We are buying the Echo for my wife as she wants an economical work car. I like it as it affords her the luxury (which is superb) that she deserves.
It is a 'perfect' city runabout with the "legs" to take her an the children interstate to visit relatives in safety.
On the downside I believe Toyota was extremely stingy in not installing dual airbags in such a light car-this should almost be a legal requirement. Mag wheels also would have been a reasonable expectation given the price.
They lose a healthy 2/10 points for the missing airbag otherwise it would be a 10/10 for the purpose of such a vehicle:D.
I also own a 4X4 which I prefer for the height/visibility and as I go off road often Fly Fishing. Steroids / masculinity etc never crossed my mind. The person above has jealousy or here-say issues and should grow up. SUV 's are a very, very good family option.