Toyota Echo


The Toyota Echo is a subcompact car produced by Toyota since 1999, replacing the Starlet. Between 1999 and 2005, some markets received the same vehicles under the Toyota Echo name. Toyota has used the “Yaris” and “Echo” names on the export version of several different Japanese-market models.

  • 1,497 cc 1.5 liters in-line 4 front engine with 75 mm bore, 84.7 mm stroke, 10.5 compression ratio, double overhead cam, variable valve timing/camshaft and four valves per cylinder 1NZ-FE
  • Unleaded fuel 87
  • Fuel Economy EPA highway (mpg): 39 and EPA city (mpg): 33
  • Multi-point injection fuel system
  • 11.9 gallon main unleaded fuel tank
  • Power: 80 kW , 108 HP SAE @ 6,000 rpm; 105 ft lb , 143 Nm @ 4,200 rpm
The Echo is Toyota’s entry level automobile, replacing the extremely successful Tercel, which was last produced as a 1998 model. With such immense footsteps to follow in, the Echo has been portrayed as a roomier, more powerful and better equipped small car than its predecessor, offering ample headroom both in the front and back seats, and a larger engine. More specifically, a 1.5 liter low emission vehicle (LEV), 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve engine powers the Echo.The Echo is available with several more “upscale” options, depending on the model selected. These include air conditioning, AM/FM CD sound system, power door locks, intermittent windshield wipers, adjustable shoulder belt anchors, security system/keyless entry, front and rear splashguards, and bodyside molding. Furthermore, all models include an overdrive, which, when engaged, allows for a more comfortable highway experience than would be expected from the typical small car. When disengaged for city driving, the Echo is noticeably peppy starting out when the traffic light turns green.