Used Vehicle Review: Toyota Echo sedan, 2000-2002 —

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Toyota Echo sedan

March 18, 2002

2000 Echo. Click image to

By Jeremy Cato

Toyota is aiming to sell as many as Echo subcompacts each now that the 2004 hatchback (three- and five-door) are available. If you to know why they have a chance of achieving that take a look at the Buyer’s The number of problems noted for Echos, as indicated in the service bulletins (TSBs), a grand total of two. there have been recalls, but two relate to similar I would argue minor) issues and the third talks snow build-up in Echo

No wonder Toyota’s Echo, and Prius – along with the Lancer – were the top-rated cars in the recent J.D. and Associates Initial Quality These affordable little don’t seem to break.

then, Toyota Canada are high on the 2004 Echo models. You see, Canadians hatchbacks much more Americans. But Toyota in Canada has forced to sell two sedan (two- and four-door) of the Echo it arrived as a 2000 model. Beatty, a Toyota Canada thinks the new hatchbacks should Echo sales per year.

to argue? With a starting of $12,996, the three-door Echo has an affordable sticker and the car looks too.

But it’s quality that sells buyers on Echos and Toyotas. All sorts of research confirm that among all the full-line manufactures, Toyota cars and trucks with the problems. Period.

So if you’re at a used Echo, you can be confident by many objective measures it be reliable. I mean, one of the two TSBs about how Toyota improved the in the cabin one year to the next. you won’t find is news of meltdowns. Just not there.

Of those considering a used should know that have held up well the years. And even though the is good, there are some elements to the Echos of 2000-2003. little grocery-getters are fairly at highway speeds, too – and the seats more padding for long

That said, budget-conscious car buyers have been buying Echos since the car as a 2000 model to replace the old Last year Toyota sold about 24,000 so a determined buyers should be to find a used model out Those buyers will a roomy small car with if not awe-inspiring performance.

Toyota Echo sedan

And they’ll find a car with amazing economy. According to Transport the 108-horsepower Echo is one of the most efficient car sold in this 6.6 city/5.1 hwy (litres/100 km), in real dollars translates annual fuel costs of $794.

Now on styling Toyota officials long conceded that the was intended to look completely The idea was to appeal to twenty-something buyers. They are the so-called Boomer” generation made up of of Baby Boomers. Now you know the car’s name came This tall, narrow, sedan, with a short and rear deck looks a bit it’s been squeezed in a It’s still comfortable though. The high roof great headroom, and allows for an seating position, enhances and makes entry and exit easy.

Beyond roominess, the has all sorts of smart little touches. For instance, the over-and-under boxes are useful and different. slots flanking the centre-located and audio systems hold discs; map pockets in the doors your paperwork; and, an bin under the steering column tote all sorts of little and ends.

What makes less is the speedometer. It’s located in the of the dashboard and is not terribly user-friendly. The of a tachometer is an issue, too.

For the Echo has always come standard dual front air but anti-lock braking hasn’t been available as an option. less than outstanding are the sedan’s road manners. The and handling engineers proved to be inspired than the designers.

no one will complain about is the workmanship. Customer satisfaction are clear on that. This is one car.

Toyota Echo sedan
Toyota Echo sedan
Toyota Echo sedan

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