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Toyota Paseo
Toyota Paseo -- 09-07-2009.jpg
1992–1995 Toyota Paseo (EL44, US)
Also calledToyota Cynos
ProductionJanuary 1991[1] – July 1999[1]
Model years1992–1997 (US)
AssemblyJapan: Toyota City, Aichi (Takaoka plant)[2]
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact car
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PredecessorToyota Tercel 2-door (L30)
SuccessorToyota Echo coupé (XP10)

The Toyota Paseo (known as the Toyota Cynos (Japanese: トヨタ・サイノス, Toyota Sainosu) in Japan and other regions) is a sports-styled subcompact car sold from 1991 to 1999 by Toyota and was directly based on the Tercel. It was available as a coupé 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. The Paseo, like the Tercel, shares a platform with the Starlet. Several parts are interchangeable between the three.

The name "Paseo" is Spanish for "a walk" or "a stroll", while the name "Cynos" is a coined word taken from "cynosure", meaning "the target of attention". In Japan it was exclusive to Toyopet Store locations.

First generation (L40; 1991)

First generation (L40)
1st Toyota Paseo .jpg
1992–1995 Toyota Paseo (EL44, US)
Also calledToyota Cynos
ProductionJanuary 1991[1] – August 1995
Model years1992–1995 (US)
Body and chassis
Body style2-door coupé
Power output
  • 69–77 kW (93–103 hp; 94–105 PS) (5E-FE)
  • 84.5 kW (113 hp; 115 PS) (5E-FHE)
Wheelbase2,380 mm (93.7 in)
Length4,145 mm (163.2 in)
Width1,645 mm (64.8 in)
Height1,295 mm (51.0 in)
Curb weight870–950 kg (1,918–2,094 lb)

The first-generation Paseo was made from 1991 to 1995. Based on the L40 series Tercel, it is powered by a 1.5-liter 5E-FE inline-four engine. In most markets, the Paseo's engine was rated at 74.5 kW (100 hp; 101 PS) at 6,400 rpm and 123 N⋅m (91 lb⋅ft) of torque at 3,200 rpm. In 1993, in California and other states with California level emissions standards, it was rated at 69 kW (93 hp; 94 PS) and 136 N⋅m (100 lb⋅ft) of torque. It was offered with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.

In Japan, the Cynos was available in α (Alpha) and β (Beta) trim levels. The α trim is powered by a 5E-FE engine producing 77 kW (103 hp; 105 PS), while the β trim is powered by a 5E-FHE engine producing 84.5 kW (113 hp; 115 PS). In β trim, four-wheel disc brakes and TEMS electronically controlled suspension can be selected as options.

Second generation (L50; 1995)

Second generation (L50)
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Toyota Paseo (EL54)
Also calledToyota Cynos
ProductionSeptember 1995 – July 1999[1]
Model years1996–1997 (US)
Body and chassis
Body style
  • 1.3 L 4E-FE I4 (gasoline, Japan only)
  • 1.5 L 5E-FE I4 (gasoline)
  • 1.5 L 5E-FHE I4 (gasoline, Japan only)
Power output
  • 62.5–65 kW (84–87 hp; 85–88 PS) (4E-FE)
  • 66–69 kW (89–93 hp; 90–94 PS) (5E-FE)
  • 81 kW (109 hp; 110 PS) (5E-FHE)
  • 5-speed manual
  • 3-speed automatic
  • 4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,380 mm (93.7 in)
Length4,155 mm (163.6 in)
Width1,660 mm (65.4 in)
Height1,295 mm (51.0 in)
Curb weight910–1,000 kg (2,006–2,205 lb)

The second-generation Paseo was introduced in Japan in 1995, and for the 1996 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[3] and was released for sale in August 1996. This was the last year the Paseo was sold in the United States (1997 model year).

To reduce emissions levels, the second-generation Paseo's 5E-FE engine performance was reduced to the same specifications as the California CARB models, delivering 69 kW (93 hp; 94 PS) and 136 N⋅m (100 lb⋅ft) of torque.

The second-generation Paseo was sold in the United Kingdom from 1996 to 1998, but was withdrawn due to slow sales. The UK market Paseo was offered in three trim levels: the base ST, the Si; adding 14-inch alloy wheels, a Sony CD player, color-coded boot spoiler with third brake light and an anti-lock braking system, and the Galliano, adding a color-coded chin spoiler, mud guards and yellow paintwork with aquamarine decals on the bodysides, as well as wider 15-inch alloy wheels with low-profile 195/50 tires. The convertible model was not offered. All UK models came with the 5E-FE engine producing 66 kW (89 hp; 90 PS). The top speed, as claimed by Toyota, was 235 km/h (146 mph).[citation needed]

The Japanese market version was again named "Cynos". Three trim levels were available: α, α Juno Package and β. All came with color-coded wing mirrors and a rear windscreen wiper. The models differed in their dashboards, interior upholstery, steering wheels and engines. The Juno trim came with a 1.3 L 4E-FE engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The α trim had the 1.5 L 5E-FE engine with a 5-speed manual transmission and the β trim came with a 5E-FHE engine, also with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Both the Paseo and Cynos were discontinued in 1999.


  1. ^ a b c d "Toyota Family Tree". Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  2. ^ "75 Years of TOYOTA | General Status of Plants in Japan | Takaoka Plant". Toyota. 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Tokyo Motor Show Toyota press information" (PDF). Toyota. October 1995. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
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