2005 Toyota ECHO Reviews - Page 3 of 3

2005 Toyota ECHO 4 door sedan 1.5 from North America

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired32 kilometres
Most recent distance181000 kilometres
Previous carChrysler Intrepid

Summary:

Don't hesitate about buying one of these great cars

Faults:

The only problem we have had is a rear wheel bearing went at 140,000 km's but it was $150.00 and an hour in my drive way and it was fixed.

General Comments:

You want a great car that's roomy and very cheap on fuel than this would be the car for you. We have never had a car that was so cheap to run around with and even on the highway this little car zips along and gets 48 mpg doing it. Plenty of passing power and it go's up hills with no effort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2008

27th Jun 2008, 19:48

Well written short and sweet.

2005 Toyota ECHO Sedan from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance400 kilometres
Previous carToyota ECHO

Summary:

Fantastic

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Rides like a charm, my husband and I fight to get the car. We love it.

I have only had it week and it's fun to drive, lots of room, very peppy. I would buy another one if I had to. I totally recommend it.

And it's Toyota, so I'm not worried about much. Ran into another guy who has a 2001 and he loved his ECHO too. A little car with big car feel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th October, 2005

2005 Toyota ECHO HB 1.5L VVT-i from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5L VVT-i Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance7000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Monte Carlo

Summary:

A wise buy

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

Don't let the exterior size deceive you. The inside has plenty of seating room due to an excellent utilization of space. The trunk, however, is tiny and will barely hold enough for one person heading on a three day trip. Folding rear seats solve this problem well though. Stock stereo system is very lackluster, even with the MP3 upgrade (vehicle comes stock with only 2 front speakers).

The handling of this car is nothing to marvel at as the Echo has a high center of gravity, creating substantial body roll in spirited corners. A low curb weight gives it excellent response though. Despite its tiny size, this car feels more like a Mercedes at moderate speeds, absorbing road irregularities with confidence, and giving the driver a sense that the car is traveling much slower than it actually is. Due again to its higher ride height and short wheel base, at speeds in excess of 90km/h, the car sometimes tends to wonder a rather drunken path as it battles cross-winds and drafts from large vehicles.

The lively 1.5L VVT-i motor produces 108hp, rushing the car to 100km/h in just under 8 seconds. On the highway in 5th gear, the motor still has plenty of get up and go, hustling the Echo in excess of 150km/h without breaking a sweat. Fuel mileage has averaged 42 MPG (5.8L/100km) on 87 octane. Considering that the majority of my highway commute sees speeds of 120-130km/hr for 40 minutes, this number could be drastically increased (for those who chose to abide to posted speed limits). Using higher octane might produce higher fuel economy, maybe enough to justify the higher cost/liter, but I have yet to find out.

Overall this car is an excellent balance of functionality and performance. Given Toyota's reputation, I am confident the Echo will easily pay for itself through combined fuel efficiency and reliability. Highly recommended to those seeking an outstanding all-purpose economy car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2005

5th Jul 2005, 19:28

I thought the Echo was a little slower than the 0 to 100 KM per Hour time you give. Perhaps closer to 10 seconds.

7th Jul 2005, 23:24

I know that the automatics are significantly slower. The number I posted came from an independent car review website, and was one of the few 0-60 times I could find, although it was the quickest...

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 8 reviews