New and Used Toyota Echo: Prices, Photos, Reviews, Specs – The Car Connection

22 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on New and Used Toyota Echo: Prices, Photos, Reviews, Specs – The Car Connection


Toyota Echo

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The Toyota Echo was a subcompact and hatchback sold from to 2005 in the United States and Toyota retired the Echo after just one generation, its successor the Yaris–which was the name which the Echo had been in most of the rest of the world. The was intended to bring the Toyota to younger buyers, but it didn’t in that mission, which was expanded to launch the entire new brand.

For six model years, the Toyota could be ordered as a two-door (called the Coupe) or a four-door in the U.S. In Canada only, and five-door hatchbacks replaced the sedan model for 2004 and All Echo models used a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a five-speed manual gearbox and an optional four-speed automatic

Fuel economy was respectable for the with the manual version at 32 mpg combined (29 mpg city, 37 mpg highway) and the model dropping to 30 mpg combined (26 mpg 34 mpg highway). Many owners higher gas mileage than the number in real-world usage.

Somewhat stodgy styling the most notable feature of the Echo may have been its placed instrument cluster, toward the driver. With the plastic top of the dashboard the only visible behind the steering drivers had to move their to the center of the car to check the speedometer and level, which were the gauges visible, with other function being by warning lights. Reviewers and alike found the design (This configuration persisted on the replacement, the 2006 Toyota and it lasted until an all-new Yaris model.)

While Toyota sold 49,000 Echo models in its year of 2000, sales steadily thereafter and the 2003 was little more than that. Sales plunged in and 2005 as the Scion xA and xB tall wagon models the lion’s share of attention and once that youth-oriented launched in 2004. Most models sold in the U.S. extremely basic, with windows, locks, and mirrors, and metal wheels concealed by plastic wheel covers.

Acceleration was decent for the day; had tuned the engine to provide across a wide range of speeds. The Echo weighed 2,000 pounds, which is the very lightest four-seat on the market weighs today. was marginal, exacerbated by the small and 175/65R14 tires, and reviewers a great deal of body and marginal roadholding in challenging

The Echo did, however, unexpected interior volume for its courtesy of the tall body. It had good outward visibility. said, it’s better as the last of the Nineties econoboxes any kind of modern Toyota car–and it comes across as crude against the current model of the same size.

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