Having debuted in 2000, Toyota Echo was offered in sedan and coupe body styles and ran through 2005. A slightly cartoonish and funnily proportioned Echo was meant to involve younger U.S. buyers into the Toyota family due to its low price and Toyota heritage. The model featured a rather impressive fuel economy, being possibly the best of any non-hybrid, gas-powered vehicle in that time period.
Even though Toyota Echo featured an extended cabin due to its narrow and tall greenhouse, as well as the economical 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (which produced 108 hp), the car was not much popular. It was the Echo's small tires and upright stance which lead to a tippy feel at highway speeds. The excessive body roll was one of the car's faults when navigating tight corners.
Being Toyota, the Echo surely boasted a reputation for higher than standard reliability. Rather design-wise, the model's most impressive features were the spacious trunk and the cabin. After the model got a restyling in 2003, right in the car's final years, Toyota offered the Echo as a special order only and that was the reason of its discontinuation.