Toyota Paseo

The Toyota Paseo, which is known as the Cynos in Japan and other regions, was launched in 1991. It was more or less based on the Toyota Tercel, but was available as a coupe and in later models as a convertible. For various reasons, 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. Following 1999 in Canada, the Paseo's place in the lineup was filled by the Celica. The model was pretty darn cheap coming in at $14,999 to $17,999 depending on options selected. The Paseo, much like the Tercel, shares a similar platform to both the Toyota Starlet and the Toyota Cynos. In fact, numerous parts are interchangeable between the four vehicles. The first generation of the Paseo was manufactured from 1991 to 1995 and featured a 1.5 L I4 engine. In most places, the Paseo's engine was rated at 100 hp and 91 lbf•ft of torque. However, in California and other states with stricter emissions standards, it was rated at 93 hp and 100 lbf•ft of torque. Both were offered with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic. Later, the second generation of the Paseo was launched in 1996. Apart from some upgrading in the engine electronics, the only recognizable difference was in the body sheet metal. One year later, in 1997, a convertible model was introduced. This was sadly though the last year the Paseo was sold in the United States. Very soon thereafter, Toyota stopped selling the Paseo all together 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 and 100 lbf•ft. It seems that the Paseo simply became old news.