Toyota Paseo Convertible (1997)

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by Carey Russ

The Paseo has provided Toyota with a high-quality presence in the small coupe segment of the automotive since mid-1991. It was redesigned and out for the 1996 model year, and mostly unchanged for 1997. is the key word, as there is a major to the Paseo lineup this — a convertible. It is Toyota’s convertible, and is also one of the lowest-priced offered by any manufacturer. The Paseo is a first-rate conversion done by Specialty Company (ASC) in Beach, California — the company that has been the Toyota Celica convertibles for the decade. ASC and Toyota have partners for a long time, and it in the fit and finish and quality of the Paseo

Paseo convertibles start as coupes on the same assembly in Toyota City, Japan as Paseos, but extra reinforcement is to their rocker panels, strut towers, and rear They are then shipped to ASC for top and the rest of the conversion process. A insulated top that has a heated rear window is added, as are rear quarter windows fold automatically with the top. The top can be easily and quickly or lowered by one person. The convertible only adds 143 lbs. to the weight, and has a minimal impact on stiffness.

In performance, handling, and fun the Paseo is equal to or better any of the small convertibles available in years. A 93-horsepower twincam gives sprightly performance and the sporty snarl as many a car of the past. However, the Paseo is evolutionary epochs ahead of the European sports cars I from my formative years. The I spent with it was marked by and rain. No problems there the heater worked just the top didn’t leak, could be or lowered in seconds, and had a glass that won’t ever go The Paseo convertible combined old days small-displacement fun with Toyota practicality, civilization, and

APPEARANCE: Small convertibles can a little awkward. Not the Paseo. It is a car that is handsome with the top up or It shares most of its sheet with the current Paseo with the trunk lid and cloth top A wedge-shaped car that combines a rounded front with balancing use of straight character and creases, it’s good-looking being intimidating. Front with ellipsoid wraparound an integrated body-colored bumper and a low, wide air intake, a relationship to the high-performance Toyota Steel wheels are standard, alloy rims add a performance

COMFORT: The Paseo convertible is and comfy inside. It is functional being plain. Bright designs on the front seat upholstery proclaim its targeted to a young, or at least young-at-heart, Those reclining sports give good support, and the is adjustable for cushion height. The seat slides forward for to a rear bench seat is, in the finest tradition of small cars, best thought of as a fun for small children or extra storage. Black-on-white instruments add a touch to the instrument panel. The console doesn’t have a storage compartment, but a large, glove box makes up for that. My car had all of the comfort options: a cassette in addition to the standard AM/FM cruise control, power and door locks, and air conditioning. options do add to the price of the car, but also make it a very little vehicle.

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SAFETY: The 1997 Toyota convertible has dual air bags and door beams. Antilock are optionally available.

ROADABILITY: its low-slung stance, the Paseo gives all of the good sensory of a small sports car of the past. a rigid, reinforced unit-construction it has none of the shakes and rattles gave old cars character. It has handling and is great fun to drive, with the top down. Its front-wheel and insulated top design help it a year-round car in all but the worst climates.

PERFORMANCE: The Paseo convertible its 1.5-liter, 93-horsepower engine the coupe version. Like sports cars through the it has enough power for enjoyable, performance, and gets great gas as well. It should be equally at used for commuting or weekend trips. The standard 5-speed gearbox makes the Paseo more of a sports car, but the engine is perfectly capable the optional 4-speed electronically-controlled

CONCLUSIONS: The new Toyota Paseo combines top-down fun, handling, and great gas mileage.

Toyota Paseo coupe I
Toyota Paseo coupe I
Toyota Paseo coupe I
Toyota Paseo coupe I


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