Since its early years in the automotive industry, Toyota has established a name almost synonymous to top of the line standard passenger cars, best-built luxury vehicles, dependable off-road trucks and state-of-the-art hybrid-electric vehicles. Through the years, it has made itself known for using advanced technology in producing highly reliable cars. When it comes to styling, Toyota is just as competitive in the industry. One of Toyota's uniquely designed cars is the Toyota Echo, which is marketed by Toyota in United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. In Japan they are referred to as the Toyota Vitz (hatchbacks) and Toyota Platz (sedans) while in Europe, they are known as the Toyota Yaris, sold in hatchback and mini-MPV designs.
The Toyota Echo is a subcompact car, which is unusually tall, setting it apart from other cars of its class. Now with the Toyota Echo, you can drive a subcompact without feeling a little less than full-size and high-speed vehicles. With the high-tech 1.5L DOHC 16-valve VVT-i 4 cylinder engine giving it 108 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, you won't definitely feel like inferior to other cars. This 4-cylinder Echo engine has variable valve timing and electronic fuel injection that maximize engine efficiency, resulting to low emissions and high mileage. The Echo surprisingly runs fast and offers superior ride quality you won't expect from a subcompact. Driving through bumpy roads is not a problem with its tough suspension with MacPherson struts and coil springs in front and torsion beams at the back. And when it comes to safety, Toyota makes sure you get the best from the Echo. Toyota Echo's body has side-door impact beams and other beams framing the dash with a trapezoid.
For a car of such a minimal cost, the Toyota Echo is a very ideal option. Aside from its outstanding exterior and performance features, you will find its interior simple yet comfortable. The Echo doesn't have the luxuries of upper-class cars but its interior equipments are very useful and versatile. The interior is highlighted by the well organized instrument binnacle with speedomanometer with lettering that glows bluish at night; the simple and appropriately sized steering wheel; round-shaped four-way adjustable front seats; and integrated headrests. Also quite notable on the Echo is its wide glass area that provides clear and wider view outside. The rear window isn't too wide but it fills the rearview mirror, thus, eliminating blind spots. The echo is also equipped with wipers with long and broad strokes that efficiently keep the windshield clean and clear.