2005 Toyota ECHO Sedan B 1.5 4 cylinder from North America
Best of its class
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