|1991–1994 Paseo (EL44) coupe (US)|
|Also called||Toyota Cynos|
|Assembly||Takaoka, Toyama, Japan|
|Predecessor||Toyota Corolla coupe|
|Wheelbase||93.7 in (2,380 mm)|
|Curb weight||975 kg (2150 lb)|
The Toyota Paseo (known as the Cynos in Japan and other regions) is a sports styled compact car sold from 1991–1999 and was loosely based on the 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, but had no direct replacement. The Paseo, like the Tercel, shares a similar platform to the Starlet. Several parts are interchangeable between the three.
"Paseo" is Spanish for "a walk" or "a stroll."
 First generation
|1991–1995 Paseo (EL44) coupe|
1991–1994 (US) |
|Body style||2-door coupe|
|Engine||1.5L 100 hp (70 kW) I4|
|Length||163.2 in (4,145 mm)|
|Width||65.2 in (1,656 mm)|
|Height||50.2 in (1,275 mm)|
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 1993 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
|1995—1997 (MY) Toyota Paseo coupe (Canada)|
|Engine||1.5L 93 hp (69 kW)5E-FE I4|
|Length||163.6 in (4,155 mm)|
|Width||65.4 in (1,661 mm)|
|Height||51.0 in (1,295.4 mm)|
The second generation of the Paseo was introduced to Japan in 1995, and for the 1995 model year in North America. Apart from some modernizing in the engine electronics, the only noticeable change was in the body sheet metal. A convertible model was shown at the October 1995 Tokyo Motor Show and was released for sale in August 1996. However, this was the last year the Paseo was sold in the United States (1997 model year). 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 It was sold in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1996 to 1998, but was withdrawn due to slow sales.
The UK had three models in the Paseo range: ST, being the base Paseo, Si being the more advanced model, adding 14-inch alloy wheels, a Sony CD player, color-keyed boot spoiler with third brake light and anti-lock brakes. A Limited Edition, called the Galliano, was produced. The Paseo Galliano had all the features of the Si as well as a color-keyed chin spoiler (also optional to lower Paseo models), mud guards, and 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.
Britain never saw the Paseo Convertible; only personally imported convertibles reached the UK, and they are very hard to find for sale unless one can use an import site to import them from Japan. Toyota's UK models only came with one engine, the 5E-FE which only produced 89 bhp (66 kW; 90 PS) in the UK spec. The top speed, marked by Toyota, is 112 miles per hour (180 km/h).
Throughout the production of the Paseo, Japan named it the "Toyota Cynos". In Japan, The Cynos had three variants, the Alpha, Beta and Juno. All of these models came with color-coded wing mirrors and a rear windscreen wiper. On top of these features, the Cynos came with a range of different dials, interior upholstery, steering wheels and engines. The Juno came with a 1.3 4E-FE engine with a four-speed automatic gearbox. The Alpha had the 1.5 5E-FE engine with a five-speed manual gearbox and the Beta came with a 5E-FHE engine (commonly known in the Toyota Sera), also with a five-speed manual gearbox.
- ↑ "Tokyo Motor Show Toyota press information" (PDF). Toyota. October 1995. http://members.iinet.com.au/~stepho/brochures/Tokyo%20Motor%20Show/1995%20press%20information/Special%20exhibition%20vehicles.pdf. Retrieved 2011-04-17.
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