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.


Like the Tercel, the Paseo is a straightforward car. It takes a moment of orientation to locate all the which are logically placed, marked and operate as one would

We found the Paseo surprisingly and taut for a convertible. There was wind noise noticeable the driver’s seat, but not much, and not to interfere with conversation, at freeway speeds.

And equally was the ease with which between front and back occupants was possible, without voices.

However, we think won’t be many occasions you’ll be talking to folks in the seats. This is a subcompact and even though the Paseo has as much rear seat as a Ford Mustang, it’s a 2+2, and that back is suitable only for very 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 to have done its usual work in creating this for Toyota. Although its chassis quite as rigid as the coupe, an consequence of removing the roof it has the solid feel we’ve to associate with Toyotas the years.

It also delivers handling and a sporty but comfortable This is another area the Paseo’s low weight pays dividends. The less weight is to shift back and forth, the the response to driver commands.

The of crisp steering and prompt in avoidance maneuvers gives the a lively feel that we surprising. It’s not a Miata, but it pretend to be; and, as we noted your insurance company think it’s a Miata,

Braking performance, from a disc, rear drum is good—low curb weight yet another dividend—though we recommend the extra $550 for ABS, a price for this important safety feature.


has earned a solid reputation for serviceable cars that In 1996, J.D. Power the Paseo in the top five of the Best Car category in its Initial Quality

That’s a high tribute for a car, and it means you can expect Paseo to keep delivering fun the long haul.

We promise we tell your insurance

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

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