The 2002 Toyota ECHO looks different. It debuted in 2000 and perhaps intended to attract the younger or young-at-heart buyer with its unconventional looks. It remains smaller than the well-known Corolla and comes in a coupe and a sedan model.
Body Styles: sedan, coupe
Engines: 1.5-liter I-4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Toyota ECHO sedan, Toyota ECHO coupe
The 2002 Toyota ECHO remains unchanged for this model year.
The 2002 Toyota ECHO looks unique in its appearance. It has a low, sloping hood that climbs upward to a tall, upright windshield. The ECHO measures 57.9 inches tall and 163.2 inches long. The wheelbase falls on the short side at 93.3 inches. It comes in exterior colors of Absolutely Red, Alpine Silver Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Electric Green, Indigo Ink Pearl, Polar White, Satin Gold Metallic, and Seafoam Blue Metallic.
Surprisingly, at 11-inches shorter than its sibling, the Corolla, the 2002 Toyota ECHO offers almost as much interior volume—thanks to its taller cab which happens to also give six-foot occupants ample headroom in the front seats. They can even expect sufficient headroom and legroom in the rear.
The gauges use a very unusual arrangement in the ECHO. The instrument cluster sits atop the middle of the dashboard, angled toward the driver but not positioned directly in front of the driver. This configuration takes some getting used to.
The ECHO boasts plenty of storage with map pockets on the front doors, cup holders, and two glove boxes. Also, in-dash bins and a small shelf sit below the dashboard on the left side. The trunk goes deep and has a cargo space of about 13.6 cubic feet. An optional split rear seatback can fold flat. The seatback releases remain easily accessible without having to stretch across the car.
Performance & Handling
The ECHO draws power from a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with variable valve technology. It puts out 108 horsepower and pairs with either the standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic transmission. The acceleration proves very responsive even though engine output seems modest.
The 2002 Toyota ECHO remains very light, at just about 2000 pounds, and as a result feels a bit more vulnerable to wind gusts. But the ECHO proves easy to drive and it handles well. The ride also feels comfortable. Be prepared for attention due not only to the ECHO's unique shape, but also due to the limited number of them sharing the road.
In addition to standard safety features the 2002 Toyota ECHO comes equipped with daytime running lights. Anti-lock brakes remain optional, but if you want side-impact airbags the ECHO cannot fulfill that desire.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota ECHO: 29/37 mpg city/highway
- Fuel economy
- Good acceleration
- Roomy and functional interior
You Won't Like
- Unconventional styling
- Gauge placement
- A la carte pricing of features
Decidedly different, but a good choice because of its fuel economy, roominess, and reliability.
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