2003 Echo New Car Test Drive
The funky-looking little Echo is the least expensive way to drive a new Toyota. You won't wow your friends with this one, but it will give you Toyota's quality, durability and reliability starting at less than $10,000.
The Toyota Echo comes with a spunky four-cylinder engine that can achieve over 30 mpg around town. You get front-wheel drive, a nicely tuned suspension that delivers the ride of a much larger vehicle, and Toyota's anti-vibration tricks that make the car amazingly smooth at highway speeds.
What you won't get are a lot of extras. Features that are standard on many cars cost extra on the Echo. Air conditioning, power windows, door locks and mirrors, antilock brakes and a CD player all require a bump in your monthly payment book.
The Echo is available in two body styles: two-door ($9,995) and four-door ($10,585). A five-speed manual transmission is standard; a four-speed automatic is an $800 option.