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The Paseo was Toyota's entry-level sports car, and competed with Mazda's MX-3, Hyundai Scoupe, and Nissan 200SX. The Paseo was pleasant to drive, responsive, nimble, maneuverable, economical.
|title=Toyota Paseo
|classification=Compact car
|bodystyle=2DR Coupe
|transmission=5-speed manual<br>4-speed automatic
|enginesize=1.5 liters
|drive=Front-wheel drive
|mpg=28/34 (1994)<br>29/36 (1995)
}}The [[Toyota Paseo|Paseo]] was [[Toyota]]'s entry-level sports car from 1992 to 1997.
==Year-to-year changes==
==Year-to-year changes==
The Paseo competed with Mazda's [[Mazda MX-3|MX-3]], [[Hyundai Scoupe]], and [[Nissan Sentra/200SX|Nissan Sentra and 200SX]]. The Paseo was pleasant to drive, responsive, nimble, maneuverable, economical. It was based on the Tercel platform (with modifications) but with its own 100-hp engine. There was a single trim level with the option of a 4-speed automatic in place of the standard 5-speed manual transaxle.
Power steering with a quicker ratio than the Tercel was standard, as were a tachometer, front stabilizer bar (with the twist-beam rear axle acting like a rear stabilizer bar), AM/FM stereo with two speakers, intermittent wipers, and "sport-type" bucket seats.
Air conditioning, aluminum wheels, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, an upgraded sound system with four speakers and a cassette deck, a pop-up moonroof and a rear spoiler were options.
One interesting dealer-installed option was the "One-G-for-One-G" kit offered by Toyota Racing Developments (TRD), a Toyota subsidiary that made high-quality racing and street performance equipment. As the name implies, the price was about $1000, and the expected performance on a skidpad was 1 lateral g, right in there with a [[Chevrolet Corvette|Corvette]] ZR-1 or [[Dodge Viper]]. 
More likely, the Paseo buyer would want the same thing that the Tercel buyer does, extreme overall economy, utility, and reliability, plus, in the case of the Paseo, some quotient of fun and sporty looks.
In October 1996, a convertible joined the lineup for only one model year.
==Retail prices==
==Retail prices==
*'''$12,828 '''(1994 Toyota Paseo)
{| class="sortable wikitable"
*'''$14,038''' (1995 Toyota Paseo)
!Model year(s)
!List price
! class="unsortable" |Destination charge
! class="unsortable" |Effective date
| style="text-align:center;"|1992.5
| style="text-align:center;"|$10,758
| style="text-align:center;"|$295
| style="text-align:center;"|February 14, 1992
| style="text-align:center;"|1993.5
| style="text-align:center;"|$11,738
| style="text-align:center;"|$325
| style="text-align:center;"|February 5, 1993
| style="text-align:center;"|1994
| style="text-align:center;"|$12,468
| style="text-align:center;"|$385
| style="text-align:center;"|September 2, 1993
| style="text-align:center;"|1994.5
| style="text-align:center;"|$12,828
| style="text-align:center;"|$385
| style="text-align:center;"|January 3, 1994
| style="text-align:center;"|1995
| style="text-align:center;"|$13,428
| style="text-align:center;"|$397
| style="text-align:center;"|October 5, 1994
| style="text-align:center;"|1995.5
| style="text-align:center;"|$14,038
| style="text-align:center;"|$397
| style="text-align:center;"|April 7, 1995
| style="text-align:center;"|1996
| style="text-align:center;"|$13,038
| style="text-align:center;"|$420
| style="text-align:center;"|October 1, 1995
95paseo.jpg|1995 Toyota Paseo 2-door coupe
95paseo.jpg|1995 Toyota Paseo 2-door coupe
97paseoconvertible.jpg|1997 Toyota Paseo 2-door convertible
[[Category:1991 introductions]]
[[Category:Discontinued in 1997]]
[[Category:5-speed manual vehicles]]
[[Category:4-speed automatic vehicles]]
[[Category:4-cylinder vehicles]]
[[Category:Front-wheel drive vehicles]]
[[Category:Compact vehicles]]
[[Category:2-door coupes]]
[[Category:2-door coupes]]
[[Category:2-door convertibles]]

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