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#4309 of 5821 Echo sales
May 03, 2004 (6:19 pm)
For the first quarter of 2004, Toyota sold 6,600 Echos, up almost 30% over 2003 (Toyota as a whole is down 2% in its car sales in Canada).
The Echo is the 5th best selling car in Canada (excluding light trucks), and sells almost as many as the Corolla does. Although the sales figures I've seen aren't broken out by bodystyle, I'm sure that it's remarkable sales performance is due to the hatch. They are all over the place and people love them. A woman in my office with a blue hatch says that other Echo drivers (esp. the blue ones) give an "Echo wave" everytime they drive past one another!
#4310 of 5821 Long-term reliability; ECHO vs. xA
May 03, 2004 (6:31 pm)
Isn't the long-term reliability of the currently engineered Hyundai models is yet to be determined? The current edition of the Elantra is too new to have been counted in any long-term survey...or so I would guess.
The differences between the ECHO hatchback and the Scion xA seem to be that the ECHO has more front and rear shoulder room, but is less roomy with regard to leg and hip room. (I base that on the last toyota.edumunds model comparison webpage I accessed from Toyota's ECHO page.
#4311 of 5821 Long Term Hyundai
May 03, 2004 (7:33 pm)
I have looked at the Hyundai and I am not impressed with the build quality, compared to the ECHO. Its true the new ones arent old ones yet. But until I see Hyundais selling for 2/3of new price when a couple of years old Ill remain skeptical.
May 04, 2004 (3:54 am)
The ECHO does appear to have clinched the top spot, at least according to the last Consumer Reports annual car issue I read.
Besides, it has a more utilitarian approach to its design. I like the double-glove box, the tray under the seat, and all the cubby holes.
#4313 of 5821 ECHO hatchback is a 4-seater?
May 04, 2004 (3:59 am)
Just reviewed a review of the ECHO hatches in Canadian Driver's website. Seems that the hatch has seating positions for two in the backseat. That wouldn't work for me.
Funny that I can't find a hatchback or tall wagon that seats 5, is 5-star in the crash ratings, gets 30+ MPG in the city, and isn't styled like something from a sci-fi movie. Doesn't Honda or Toyota recognize a purely utilitarian need for an economical hatchback/wagon?
#4314 of 5821 Re: ECHO hatchback is a 4-seater? [stevengordon #4313]
May 04, 2004 (4:37 am)
Check out the Honda Jazz/Fir which Honda is reportedly bringing to the U.S. for 2005.
May 04, 2004 (4:45 am)
To compete with the ECHO and Scion offerings? I thought I'd read that Honda was delaying the Jazz/Fit for another model year. I could be wrong, though.
#4317 of 5821 also coming to the U.S ..... the Nissan Cube
May 04, 2004 (9:58 am)
Nissan has also announced it will bring the Nissan "Cube" to the U.S. for 2005 as its entry-level vehicle. This will directly compete with the Echo hatchback (also Sion models) and the Honda Jazz. Most intriguing is the the fact that the Cube offers 4WD.
#4318 of 5821 So will the ECHO survive...
May 04, 2004 (12:54 pm)
...this onslaught of similarly-sized pretenders to the crown?
I really wish Honda or Toyota could make a hatchback at the size of the Civic or Corolla, that was utilitarian, lacked all of the brushed chrome accents and irridescent lighting. Just make it a practical vehicle, an "SUV for the rest of us."
BTW: thanks for the links for the Cube and Jazz/Fit.