Thursday, October 8, 2009

Toyota Echo and Smart ForTwo among "Worst Cars" of the decade

According to, two subcompacts—the 2000–2005 Toyota Echo, and the 2008–current Smart ForTwo—made it on their list of "Worst Cars of the 2000s."

The article says the Echo "just wasn't a very good car," and that it didn't attract many buyers. As for the ForTwo, they said the car didn't deliver on the benefits of being small. It didn't have great fuel economy, had an SUV-like propensity to roll over, and had a not-so-stellar transmission.

The full list included (in this order):

2001–2005 Pontiac Aztek
1999–2002 Daewoo products (all)
1999–2002 Isuzu VehiCROSS
2002–2008 Jaguar X-Type
1995–2005 Pontiac Sunfire
1997–2001 Cadillac Catera
2000–2005 Toyota Echo
2007–Current Jeep Compass
1995–Current Chrysler Sebring
2008–Current Smart ForTwo

Worst Cars of the 2000s (


sleeksilver said...

I agree with everything but the Smart ForTwo.

That tiny little vehicle has more engineering and quality than every single one of those other vehicles on the list combined.

Anonymous said...

I've had an echo since 2000 and have to say that not only was it a very good car with zero maintenance and 40mpg, it is and was very much in demand. They sold all they imported (only 50,000/year.) Ugly? Yes; but to put it in the list as Daewoo? Puh-leeeze?