Notes: The Toyota Echo has better fuel economy & far less problems than its competitors.

Typical fuel economy reported by owners starts at 35 MPG, with 40-50 MPG easily possible with some thoughtful driving. With not even a hint of any major problems, the Toyota Echo is a fantastically reliable car with fuel economy that puts some "eco-friendly" hybrids 10 years newer to shame.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,758 miles

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2005 Toyota Echo seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Toyota Echo Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 162011


  • 10,000 miles


TL * the contact owns a 2005 Toyota Echo. The contact stated that the vehicle was involved in a crash where the vehicle went airborne and flipped over twice. In addition, none of the air bags deployed. A police report was filed and the driver was transported to the hospital. The driver sustained a minor contusion and injuries to the chest bone. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 10,000.

- West Palm Beach , FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 012010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Echo. The contact was driving 40 mph when he tried to slow down and was unable to do so. A crash occurred and the vehicle was destroyed. The driver stated that the frontal air bags did not deploy. The failure and current mileages were 75000.

- Duhram, NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 042004

Echo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,275 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Echo. The vehicle was purchased on July 14, 2004. The consumer felt vibration in the front end, the shock absorbers leaked and the door latches were broken. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership where they fixed the leaking shock absorbers and broken door latches. The window sticker stated that it would get 39 miles per gallon of gas when it only got 24 to 27 miles per gallon of gas. The vehicle would not stay in overdrive. A week ago the vehicle was in a front end collision and upon impact the air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was totaled. The consumer sustained back, neck, left shoulder and a right knee injuries. A police report was taken. There were no fires. (11/30/05) other problems: Transmission shifted hard, engine noise (ticking/rattleing), the brakes squeaked, there were loud interior squeaks, pulling to the right and rough idle.

- Sedona , AZ, USA

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