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Toyota ECHO, Chevrolet Aveo, Kia Rio, Nissan Sentra, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris, Kia Spectra, Suzuki Forenza, Sedan
Apr 18, 2005 (7:22 pm)
The amount of money you will save in gas between the Aveo and the Echo amounts to about $150 a year (assuming $2.50/gallon, and 15,000 miles a year). Depending how much you paid for the Echo, it may never make a difference.
That said, the Echo is reportedly much faster, and is a Toyota. However, I am willing to bet that the $8500 I paid for my 2004 Aveo Base (2005 LS) ends up being more economical than an Echo. However, I would love a 3-door Echo hatch, if it was available.
Interesting, while I did some reading on the Echo (here at Edmunds), I found:
"After scheduling a 2001 Echo Sedan weeks in advance, we arrived at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc.'s Torrance, Calif., headquarters to pick up our test vehicle. At that time, we were informed that we would no longer be given access to Toyota press vehicles, because of the negative reviews of the Echo that appeared on our Web site. Immediately, we arranged to rent one instead, as well as a Prius gas-electric hybrid that had also been pulled from us at the last minute."
Apr 18, 2005 (8:05 pm)
Were the heck did he get a Ford Focus for $10k? By the way I get very good mileage out of my Aveo 29-40 mpg.
#3100 of 3871 Re: 2005 Focus for $10K [newcar31]
Apr 18, 2005 (10:04 pm)
You can get (in my town anyway) a new 2005 Elantra GLS with its usual power accessories, SABs, 8-way driver's seat, heated mirrors, etc. for under $10k. Handling wise the Focus will beat it, but the Elantra will beat it in driver's comfort, interior room (esp. rear head room), and creature comforts. Not to mention the famous warranty.
So there's some pretty good choices out there for only $10k. I have also recently seen Spectra LXes and Forenza S'es for about $10k. For the money I'd rather have the Elantra or Focus though.
#3101 of 3871 The days of cheap Aveos are gone gone gone
Apr 19, 2005 (6:51 am)
In January they were advertising 2004 Aveo Special Value for $6300 I don't know how that equates to drive-away price, I guess that depends on how good or how bad you are at negotiating. But still, starting at $6300, I have to think you end up with a pretty cheap car in the end. And the SV has AC.
I paid $11,300 for my 2003 ECHO - that's my drive away price including 7 year / 75,000 Platinum warranty. Definately not cheap compared to the Aveo. But I have 30,000 miles on it now and the only problem I've had with it is windsheild wiper - which was kinda my fault anyway. I had ice on the windsheild and should have scraped it before using the wipers but i got lazy and used the wiper anyway and it created a little tear in the rubber - which eventually got worse so I had to replace the wiper - $11.87 for a new wiper.
I read an article about Chevy last Sunday in the Chicago Trib, the article was mostly about lower-end Chevy offerings, the article said that the Aveos were selling like hotcakes - something like 56,000 cars sold in 2004 ???
#3103 of 3871 Re: 2005 Focus for $10K [mbukukanyau]
Apr 19, 2005 (8:58 am)
That looks hot. When will it be available here?
Apr 19, 2005 (11:54 am)
Maybe there will be a fire sale on 2005 Aveos when the new Aveos get here.
The Aveos have been out for a while, I wonder what the maintenance record on them is?
#3105 of 3871 Re: 2005 Focus for $10K [backy]
Apr 19, 2005 (2:26 pm)
I did not know that you could get an Elantra with all of those options for $10K. That's a pretty good deal. I think the area where the Focus excels is in driving dynamics, the ride/handling/steering are top notch and are better than some cars that cost twice as much.
About the warranty---Ford has a 100,000 mile powertrain warranty too, I'm not sure how it compares to Hyundai's.
#3106 of 3871 Re: 2005 Focus for $10K [newcar31]
Apr 19, 2005 (3:03 pm)
All the features I mentioned for the Elantra GLS come standard, at least in the U.S. So yes, you can get all that stuff even on a "base" model Elantra, and they are selling for under $10k--in some cities significantly below that.
Hyundai's bumper-to-bumper warranty is 5/60 and the powertrain warranty is 10/100--I think the Focus' b-to-b is a lot shorter, and the powertrain warranty is only for 5 years, correct? So if you don't put many miles on a car each year, which I don't, the Hyundai warranty is a good deal. If you put 20k on a car every year anyway, then it doesn't matter if it's only a 5-year powertrain warranty.
#3107 of 3871 Re: 2005 Focus for $10K [mbukukanyau]
Apr 20, 2005 (7:21 am)
It looks just like my 2004 Aveo with some restyle to the front ....but it is nice and I see it has chrome door handles as well. Is that suppose to be the 2006?