2005 Toyota ECHO Sedan B 1.5 4 cylinder from North America


Best of its class



General Comments:

This is the third Echo we've owned, and the best one too.

50,000 km. in nine months is a good workout for any car, and at forty plus miles per gallon, amazingly economical as well.

The package B options include ABS brakes, and these brakes are the best we've ever had, including our Volvo 850.

A higher than average seat and ease of entrance and exit make an extra comfortable car for seniors, but a power seat option would have been nice.

In the winter, we missed the heavy snow crushing feel of our Volvo, but with real snow tires, it sticks to the road alright.

The air conditioning has been both adequate and problem free. These are made in Japan; maybe that makes a difference.

One very minor complaint: we've had Toyota Tercel, the immediate predecessor of this model, back to 1987, and those cars and the Echo share a common two inch metal piece where the front seats bolt to the carpet. This piece of metal completely turns a rust color within two years, and has in all three Echos and all Tercels, clear back to 1987 - time to write a new spec Toyota!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2010

22nd Nov 2010, 19:00

Mine rusted on that spot where the seat attaches. LOL.

Best most comfortable car I ever owned... We have the 2004 ECHO hatchback. Went from Ontario Canada in 2008 to Clearwater Florida on about 80 bucks gas. :)

You can't beat that...

2005 Toyota ECHO Base sedan 1.5 from North America


Yaris vs. Echo


No repairs. Worn out front brake pads and rotors.

General Comments:

1. Interior

Yaris wins hands down : looks much better; the dash has a special plastic that absorbs much less the heat from the sun and stays cooler on sunny days - the dash plastic in the Echo gets very hot, making the A/C less effective; the Yaris also has more interior space.

2. Comfort

Front leg room is the same in both cars, would not recommend this cars for 6ft+ drivers. The seats in the Echo look cheaper; however they are very comfortable, despite lacking lateral comfort. The seats in the Yaris look better, but have horrible lumbar support, no comfort for drives longer that 30 minutes.

3. Handling/driving pleasure.

Manual transmission in Yaris is painful to use, clutch action is horrible. Automatic transmissions work fine in both cars.

The Echo is very sensitive to side winds on the highway, being at times scary to drive. The Yaris is much better in this aspect : while the steering feels a little weird when side winds are blowing, the car stays in track with no effort.

Driving the Echo, it's a pleasure thing, especially from a Toyota. The car feels tight and maneuverable, the steering and the engine are both responsive. My previous Honda Civic was also a pleasure to drive, the Echo also feels funny in a different way. However, the Yaris is a total disappointment in this matter, the fun factor is purely nonexistent. Maybe the suspension has been changed or the electric steering doesn't help, but I felt no pleasure at all driving the Yaris. It just doesn't have that fun factor.

4. Engine

Yaris and Echo have similar engines (there is a difference in the injectors size, but the main engine is the same). However, the Yaris is heavier, therefore the acceleration is clearly better in the Echo.


All in all, the Echo looks on the cheap side about the interior design, yet it has a very pleasant drive and is surprisingly comfortable for such an inexpensive car. On the other side, the Yaris looks much better with better interior materials, but disappoints in the comfort and driving pleasure areas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2009

1st Oct 2009, 21:46

The reviewer neglected to point out that the Yaris has distinctive, albeit quirky, styling. The Echo is just a homely-looking economy sedan.

3rd Oct 2009, 21:13

Thanks for the comment. I did not include anything related to personal tastes, with the exception of the driving feeling. One could also add that the Yaris is safer than the Echo but again, the review targets the practical side of this two cars.

26th Sep 2010, 05:19

The echo is a great car, apart from the fact when I went head on into a barrier, the airbag failed to deploy.

18th Jan 2011, 17:17

I have a 2005 Echo, and love it. It's fun to drive, reliable, and fuel efficient. I'd love a new Yaris, but I think I'll be driving my Echo for a long time. I read negative reviews about the Yaris' driving position. Many say it's awkward and awful. I have no complaints about the Echo. I'm wondering if Yaris owners have this complaint, and if the driving position is different in a Yaris than in an Echo.

29th Jun 2013, 19:56

It definitely has to do with the way the pedals and the steering wheel are placed. In most cars, there is a specific distance between the steering wheel and the pedals, so as to fit the geometry of the human body when sitting. In the Yaris, the steering wheel is too far away from the body, while the pedals sit too close. Adjusting the driver's seat doesn't help. It depends on each person how long their arms and legs are, but for the average person, the Yaris has a design issue.