Toyota Paseo

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Toyota Paseo
1st-gen Toyota Paseo (US)
Also calledToyota Cynos
AssemblyTakaoka, Toyama, Japan
PredecessorToyota Corolla coupe
SuccessorToyota Platz/Echo
ClassSport compact
LayoutFF layout
Transmission(s)5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase93.7 in (2380 mm)
Curb weight975 kg (2150 lb)
ManualService Manual

The Toyota Paseo (known as the Cynos in Japan and other regions) was a sporty economy car released in 1991 and was loosely based on the Toyota Tercel. It was available as a coupe and in later models as a convertible. Toyota stopped selling the car in the United States in 1997, however the car continued to be sold in Canada, Europe and Japan until 1999, before being replaced by the Echo in 2000. The Paseo, like the Tercel, shares a similar platform to the Toyota Starlet. Several parts are interchangeable between the three.

First generation

First generation
1991 Toyota Cynos
Body style(s)2-door coupe
Engine(s)1.5L 100 hp (70 kW) I4
Length163.2 in (4145 mm)
Width65.2 in (1656 mm)
Height50.2 in (1275 mm)
RelatedToyota Tercel
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Celica
Geo Prizm

The first generation of the Paseo was made from 1991 to 1995. Based on the Tercel, the Paseo featured a 1.5 L E series 5E-FE I4 engine. In most places, the Paseo's engine was rated at 100 hp (74 kW @ 6400 rpm) and 91 ft·lbf (124 Nm @ 3200 rpm) of torque. In California and other states with California level emissions standards, it was rated at 93 hp (69 kW) and 100 lbf·ft (136 Nm) of torque. It was offered with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic.

Second generation

Second generation
Toyota Paseo coupe (US)
Body style(s)2-door coupe
2-door convertible
Engine(s)1.5L 93 hp (69 kW) I4
Length163.6 in (4155 mm)
Width65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height51.0 in (1295.4 mm)
RelatedToyota Tercel
Toyota Celica
Toyota Corolla
Toyota RAV4
Geo/Chevrolet Prizm

The second generation of the Paseo was introduced in 1996. Apart from some modernizing in the engine electronics, the only noticeable change was in the body sheetmetal. In 1997, a convertible model was introduced. However, this was the last year the Paseo was sold in the United States. Toyota stopped selling the Paseo completely in 1999. In order to reduce emissions levels, the second generation Paseo's engine was reduced to the same specifications as the California CARB models, delivering 93 hp (69 kW) and 100 lbf·ft (136 Nm), this, another E series engine, the 5E-FE I4 engine.

It was sold in Britain from 1996 to 1998, but was withdrawn due to slow sales, as its bland styling failed to attract the number of customers that Toyota might have hoped.

Britain had three models in the Paseo range. ST, being the base Paseo, Si being the more advanced model, Adding 14 inch Alloy Wheels, Sony CD Player, Colour keyed boot spoiler with 3rd brake light and Anti-lock Brakes. Then there was the Limited Edition, Galliano. The Galliano was based on the Paseo Si, having all the features and more. The Paseo Galliano comprised of a colour keyed chin spoiler (also Optional Extra to lower Paseo models), mud guards, Yellow (576) paintwork with aquamarine decals down the sides. Along with the sporty, slightly wider 15 inch Alloy Wheels with low profile 195/50 Tyres. The second gen Paseo's colour codes are as follows : Sunburst Red : 3E5. Pure White : 040. Quicksilver (metallic) : 1AO. Tropicana (metallic) : 756. Azure (metallic) : 8K9. Satin Black (metallic, Only available on the Si model) : 205.

  • Note* Since 1996 Toyota have changed the names of the colours. If buying paint refer to paint code as that still remains the same.

Britain never saw the Paseo Convertible, only personally imported Convertibles reached the UK, and they are very hard to find for sale unless you can use an import site to import them from Japan. Toyota's UK Models only came with one engine, the 5E-FEwhich only produced 89 bhp (66 kW; 90 PS) in the UK spec. The 1497 cc 1.5 litre engine is fairly eager and pulls well, but the top speed, marked by Toyota, is 112 miles per hour (180 km/h).