You go a long way with very little gas.
The echo is very functional is a perfect for a two people household. Is smooth to drive, maintenance is what most cars need, check the oil, water etc.. Is what I call a gas economy car. If for some reason you need to take it to the mechanic is not complicate it to fix. It does not need special tools to fix it. And most parts can still be found and even order online directly from the dealer or even o amazon.