New Car Test Drive Review — 1997ToyotaPaseoConvertible

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Toyota Paseo coupe II


Regardless of what of powerplant is lurking under the convertibles equate with

But compared to their hard-topped they also equate premium prices. And when lots of horsepower, your statistical forecasters in the insurance think the fun may get out of hand, which is why so ragtops are saddled with premiums.

That’s the beauty of the new Paseo convertible. It delivers of stylish fresh-air fun, but the purchase price premiums and penalties associated with other ragtops.

Yes, true that this new costs quite a bit more the Paseo coupe. The basic costs $13,628, including a destination and delivery charge, the topless version starts at

But that’s still a bargain for a convertible. The only ragtops are cheaper are the Geo Tracker and Suzuki sport-utilities.

And with only 93 the Paseo doesn’t attract unfavorable scrutiny from the companies.

However, please be deceived into thinking is some sort of anemic like the late and unlamented Geo Convertible. With less 2200 pounds 93 hp produces performance here than you expect.

Toyota introduced the Paseo in 1991 as a 1992 model. from Spanish, the name walk or stroll, which may something about the car’s that isn’t quite (remember it has a favorable power-to-weight

Although the nifty two-door is unique to the Paseo, the rest of the chassis and powertrain—is shared Toyota’s subcompact Tercel

However, even though a lot of mechanical commonality, the Paseo has a sportier personality than its conservative cousins, and is more fun to


During our time this car we were pleasantly by the number of folks who inquired if was the new Toyota. Just goes to that convertibles do make look—and maybe too, the advertising has made an impression.

the reason, our basic black drew questions and attention. calls this color Black Metallic, by the way, and it is one of three in which the Paseo is available. The others are Super and Super Red. The palette is for Paseo coupes, with exterior colors offered in

The body panels upon the color is sprayed and baked fit well. Coupe or convertible, the car has a sporty, fun look that you to take it for a drive.

And if it’s the well, ya gotta put the top down. No Undo the latches on the windshield and flip it down. It’s as easy as a Mazda Miata.

in the trunk and you’ll find the boot to snap over the top, to tidy up the appearance. it’s time to put the car away, or if becomes a problem, reversing the is equally simple and quick.

An thoughtful touch is the glass window with an integrated defogger, a quality feature we associate with much expensive convertibles. In fact, very pricey ragtops have plastic rear which is prone to yellowing and over time.

Another touch: the rear quarter fold down with the

Toyota builds the Paseo at its big in Toyota City, Japan. ticketed for convertibilization are only assembled and additional structural are added in Japan. Then are shipped to California where a of ASC (formerly known as American takes over. ASC completes the and adds the high-quality, multi-layer convertible top.

Interior Features

Like the the Paseo is a simple, straightforward It takes only a moment of to locate all the controls, which are placed, well marked and as one would expect.

We found the surprisingly quiet and taut for a There was some wind noticeable from the driver’s but not much, and not enough to interfere conversation, even at freeway

And equally pleasant was the ease which conversation between and back seat occupants was without raising voices.

we think there won’t be occasions when you’ll be to folks in the rear seats. is a subcompact car, and even the Paseo has almost as much seat legroom as a Ford it’s still a 2+2, and back seat is suitable for very short trips.

A primary mission of subcompact is to keep costs down, means they don’t much in the way of comfort and convenience at least not as standard equipment.

Toyota Paseo coupe II

the Paseo is not a stripper. Standard include two front air bags, cloth-covered sport bucket in front, intermittent windshield full carpeting, and a gauge that includes a tachometer and odometer.

Also standard is the clock, which is recessed in the center of the dash making it readable day or night from in the car. An AM/fM radio four speakers is also along with the requisite cup

Air conditioning, the only extra on our car, adds $926 to the price. Also available as options are cruise control, windows and door locks, and an radio with a cassette Antilock brakes add $550, and purchasers can also consider a moonroof ($415), as well as a decklid spoiler.


This straightforward, honest car acquits itself respectably in driving.

Thanks to its low curb the Paseo’s 1.5-liter twin-cam four-cylinder engine delivers peppy acceleration, as well as good fuel economy on old unleaded regular. We liked the action of the manual five-speed which adds to the driving but even with the optional automatic the car performs respectably to other small cars.

ASC seems to have done its good work in creating convertible for Toyota. Although its isn’t quite as rigid as the an inevitable consequence of removing the structure, it has the solid feel come to associate with over the years.

It also respectable handling and a sporty but ride. This is another where the Paseo’s low weight high dividends. The less there is to shift back and the quicker the response to driver

The combination of crisp steering and responses in avoidance maneuvers the Paseo a lively feel we found surprising. It’s not a but it doesn’t pretend to be; and, as we earlier, your insurance won’t think it’s a either.

Braking performance, a front disc, rear system, is good—low curb paying yet another dividend—though we popping the extra $550 for a good price for this active safety feature.


Toyota has earned a reputation for building serviceable that last. In 1996, Power included the Paseo in the top of the Best Sporty Car category in its Quality Study.

That’s a tribute for a subcompact car, and it you can expect your Paseo to delivering fun over the long

We promise we won’t tell insurance agent.

Toyota Paseo coupe II
Toyota Paseo coupe II
Toyota Paseo coupe II


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