Complete Toyota Cynos lineup, specs, economy, dimensions

1996 Toyota Cynos (EL52) - Technical Specs, Fuel economy, Dimensions1995 - 1999 Toyota Cynos CabrioletCynos (EL52)4 Trims 88 to 110 Hp 1996 Toyota Cynos (EL54) - Technical Specs, Fuel economy, Dimensions1995 - 1999 Toyota Cynos CoupeCynos (EL54)4 Trims 88 to 110 Hp 1991 Toyota Cynos (L44) - Technical Specs, Fuel economy, Dimensions1991 - 1995 Toyota Cynos CoupeCynos (L44)4 Trims 105 to 115 Hp

The Toyota Cynos is a sports-styled subcompact car manufactured and marketed by the Japanese car manufacturer Toyota for the Japanese market from 1991 to 1999. The name "Cynos" is a coined word taken from "cynosure", meaning "the target of attention". In Japan, it was exclusive to Toyopet Store locations.

History of the Toyota Cynos

First Generation Toyota Cynos (L40; 1991–1995)

The first-generation Paseo was made from 1991 until 1995. Based on the L40 series Tercel, it was available in α (Alpha) and β (Beta) trim levels. The α trim is powered by a 5E-FE engine producing 77 kW (105 PS; 104 hp), while the β trim is powered by a 5E-FHE engine producing 85 kW (115 PS; 113 hp). In β trim, four-wheel disc brakes and TEMS electronically controlled suspension can be selected as options.

Second Generation Toyota Cynos (L50; 1995–1999)

The Japanese version of the Paseo, named "Cynos," had three trim levels - α, α Juno Package, and β - all featuring color-coded wing mirrors and a rear windscreen wiper. The models varied in their dashboard design, interior upholstery, steering wheels, and engines. The Juno trim had a 1.3 L 4E-FE engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission, the α trim had a 1.5 L 5E-FE engine with a 5-speed manual transmission, and the β trim had a 5E-FHE engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. Production of both the Paseo and Cynos ceased in 1999.


The price range for a used Toyota Cynos varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $3,000 and going to $7,000 for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Specs and Performance of the Toyota Cynos


  • 1.3 L 4E-FE I4
  • 1.5 L 5E-FHE I4

The Toyota Cynos's 1.5L engine delivers 110 hp (82 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 100 lb-ft (136 Nm) of torque at 4,000 rpm. Toyota marketed the Cynos as a front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicle, and it was available with a 3-speed automatic transmission. Dimension-wise, the Toyota Cynos measures 4,155 mm (163.6 in) long, 1,660 mm (65.4 in) wide, and 1,295 mm (51.0 in) high. Its wheelbase measures 2,380 mm (93.7 in) and has a curb weight of 2,006–2,205 lbs (910–1,000 kg).

Release Date

The Toyota Cynos was manufactured and marketed under the Toyota brand from 1991 to 1999. It was discontinued to make way for the new Toyota Echo coupé (XP10).