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Toyota Echo sedan & Daewoo Lanos hatchback
This is my first time posting a message. I've read many messages on the pros and cons of different hatchbacks and sedans so I thought I'd offer my observations on these two vehicles. My wife owns a 2000 Toyota Echo and I recently purchased a 2001 Daewoo Lanos Sport after having owned many Toyotas. Some people find the Echo to be ugly while others think it's cute (me included). Looks aside, the Echo is one great little car. It's reliable (what Toyota isn't), gets great gas mileage, has the most user friendly interior you'd ever want, rides nice for a small car and has decent acceleration and handling despite it's rather high profile. She bought hers loaded with side skirts, spoiler, alloy wheels and premium sound system. This is one of the easiest cars for around town driving that I've ever seen. I just purchased the Lanos Sport in December. It too has many of the virtues of the Echo although the gas mileage isn't as good and the steering has a more weighted feel to it. Both cars are automatics so I don't look to be setting any acceleration records here. The Lanos Sport has the leather seats and I've never felt such comfortable seats in any small car. My wife agrees. She actually likes the Sport better than her Echo. My only complaints with either car is the lack of full instrumentation. The American version of the Lanos Sport isn't available with a tachometer and neither is the Echo. I'm just hoping my Sport will be as reliable as her Echo.