Toyota Echo – Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Toyota Echo

More that 14 grand still a decent car.

Many of us at 2002 Hogback prefer cars over big ones. For starters, small cars a light, agile feel you get in, say, a wallowing, oversized Second, lightness breeds and what easier way to make a car than to make it small?

And most small cars less than big ones.

For the two decades, Toyota has covered the cheap end of the market with the but generally uninspiring Tercel. Its were a low price (the recent Tercel sedan just a bit more than an Korean sedan) and the promise of reliability and resale value (a Tercel brings about percent better resale than a Hyundai Accent or Kia In terms of performance and driving however, the Tercel was frequently by its Korean and American competition.

But with this new Echo Toyota plans to change all of The price, size, and weight in the entry-level ballpark, but its 1.5-liter boasts variable valve and cranks out 108 horsepower. That its power-to-weight ratio on a par with one step up, such as the Dodge/Plymouth or the Echo’s big brother, the Corolla.

And the Echo’s tall-boy styling is but bland.

The Echo is certainly on the outside. At 163.2 inches it’s 0.8 inch shorter a Chevy Metro sedan and than 11 inches shorter a Kia Sephia. It’s also — only the slenderest of are skinnier than the Echo’s width.

Yet standing 59.1 tall, it towers over economy car but VW’s fishbowl New a fact you might easily by glancing at the tall greenhouse.

height allowed Toyota to an interior package that’s not as as the Echo’s small footprint suggest. The front interior is 49 cubic feet, and in the rear, the offers 39 cubic feet of That puts it midpack in its and affords reasonable space for people, although five are a definite crowd.

The tall trunk holds 14 feet of cargo, which or exceeds all but the hatchback econoboxes.

about that inexpensive The four-door base model we here starts at $10,750. But model in this case base — even steering costs $270 and a digital clock is another Unfortunately, those are about the two stand-alone options.

Want the $925 air conditioning? It bundled with $1560 of other stuff — locks and steering, a CD/cassette a rear defroster, and a 60/40 rear seat — so hard to keep an Echo $13,235. Of course, that’s a few hundred dollars of a similarly Chevy Metro LSi or Daewoo and at least a grand or so less similar Neons and Honda

The Echo promises to be cheap to run as The EPA estimates fuel economy run between 34 and 41 miles per gallon. under the lead foots here, it averaged 35 mpg. The only requires regular fuel despite a lofty compression ratio.

And Toyota does have a reputation for building reliable

The Echo’s sophisticated 108-hp, four-banger out powers many of its and the Echo’s quick performance is by its light weight. The 2128-pound hits 60 mph in 8.5 seconds, more a second faster than our Sephia and 0.2 second ahead of a Neon. The Echo was not, as quick as the Neon in the quarter-mile but only by a hair — seconds, 0.1 second behind the

Top speed is governed to 112.

We repeat the host of small we wrote about in our October issue that account for its hustle. All you need to know is the little engine revs to its rev limiter eagerly and smoothly. you won’t know how fast the is spinning — a tachometer is not

We think a tach is a must, this motor’s revvy At a minimum, Toyota should marked the speedometer with points so the driver would at least minimal info to when it’s time to

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