2005 Toyota ECHO

  • 2005 Toyota ECHO Base Coupe

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2005 Toyota ECHO Review

A reliable starter car for first-time car buyers or anyone who wants a car to get from Point A to Point B without breaking the bank.

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The 2005 Toyota Echo has a unique look thanks to some unconventional styling. It is smaller and less expensive than Toyota’s better-known Corolla. It comes in both sedan and coupe body styles.

When the Toyota Echo debuted in 2000 it sold for significantly less than other Toyota automobiles and competitors in an effort to attract young car-buyers seeking an entry-level car. The price also makes the Echo appealing to those who struggle month-to-month to make ends meet and still need an affordable and reliable car for daily commutes.

It underwent a considerable makeover in 2003, redesigning both the front and rear fasciae, along with the grille, trunk lid, bumpers, quarter panels, and head and tail lights. This results in a slightly longer car and 15-inch tires.

The practicality of the Echo’s interior cabin and trunk space and the vehicle’s fuel economy mark two benefits of this model. The gas mileage for the Toyota Echo quite possibly marks the best of any non-hybrid, gas-powered car for 2005.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, coupe
Engines: 1.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Echo sedan, Toyota Echo coupe

What's New

The Echo shows no changes for 2005.


The Echo looks unique and unconventional in appearance with a low hood that slopes down from the vehicle’s rather tall windshield. To many this makes the car look like a conventional small car that has been pressed together from both ends to condense it even more. The car measures 59.4 inches high. The front drive actually makes this vehicle almost an inch taller than the Corolla. That said it remains shorter in length than the Corolla, coming in at 164.6 inches—approximately 13 inches shorter. This car also possesses a short wheelbase at just 93.3 inches.


Despite the Toyota Echo’s small package, the vehicle’s interior volume totals 90 cubic feet, almost matching the bigger Corolla. This presents ample headroom for taller people in the front seats, with unobstructed visibility. Upright seating in the car is very pronounced, but comfortable for most riders who do not mind sitting upright. Legroom in the back seat perfectly accommodates two grown adults.

Toyota clusters together the instrument gauges to the center of the dashboard, with each gauge angled towards the driver. This should make the gauges easier to read, however, most find the positioning awkward and difficult to adjust to. The front of the car features abundant storage space with three cup holders, map pockets, twin glove boxes, and a small shelf with two open bins in the dashboard.

The trunk goes deep, leaving 13.6 cubic feet open for cargo. The rear seats fold flat, without having to remove head restraints, to free up cargo space.

One of the best features of this car concerns the practically of every nook and cranny inside the vehicle, making everything into a functional, usable space.

Power steering remains optional, and an upgrade package offers power locks and power windows.

Performance & Handling

The Echo contains a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with 108 hp that can run with either a five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed-automatic transmission. The acceleration feels lively, making the car easy to drive and handle for a satisfactory and comfortable ride. The handling gets a little shaky in windy weather conditions. Additionally, the small tires on this car and its upright stance present a ""tippy"" feel at accelerated highway speeds and an uncomfortable amount of body roll when the car navigates tight corners.


The 2005 Toyota Echo offers optional anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, and seat-mounted side-impact airbags. This car receives four-star government ratings for driver and passenger protection in front collisions and rollover resistance.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Echo coupe: 30/38 mpg city/highway
Toyota Echo sedan: 30/38 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good gas mileage
  • Peppy acceleration
  • Roomy interior
  • Great use of interior space
  • Reliable
  • Comfortable
  • Low maintenance
  • Great for daily commutes

You Won't Like

  • Cartoonish clown car look
  • Awkward gauge placement on dash
  • Vulnerable to wind, some shaky handling
  • Deceptive low base prices
  • Some cheap interior pieces

Sum Up

A reliable starter car for first-time car buyers or anyone who wants a car to get from Point A to Point B without breaking the bank.

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