2016 Toyota Passo Review

The Toyota Passo also known as the Daihatsu Boon is one of the most selling small hatchbacks due to its minimalism with practicality, comfort, efficiency, and stylish design. The Passo competes with Toyota Vitz, Honda Fit, and the Mazda Demio.

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Detailed Review

The Toyota Passo has been in production since 2004 and has been developed in 3 generations. The first generation Passo known as the M300 was in production from 2004 to 2010. The second generation known as the M600 was in production from 2010 to 2016 and the third generation known as the M700 has been in production from 2016 to the Present.

The 2016 Toyota Passo is available in 2 engine options. These are the 1.0 Litre 1KR-FE engine and the 1.3 Litre 1NR-FE engine

2016 Toyota Passo Grades

  1. Toyota Passo 1.0X V Package – This is a very basic grade that comes with the 1.0 Litre engine, Key start, manual AC, No Radio or CD Player, Manual Mirrors, and 13-Inch steel rims without covers.
  2. Toyota Passo 1.0X  – This is similar to the V Package but with Radio/CD Player and 13-Inch steel rims with plastic covers, and an electric mirror.
  3. Toyota Passo 1.3G L Package – This grade comes with the 1.3 Litre engine, smart start, keyless entry, rear wiper, automatic AC, Radio/CD player, shoe rack under the driver’s seat and 13-Inch steel rims with covers.
  4. Toyota Passo 1.3G – This is similar to the L Package but with 14-Inch steel rims with covers
  5. Toyota Passo 1.0 + Hana C Package – The Hana grades come in more feminine colors such as pink, maroon, Red etc. This grade comes with the 1.0 Litre engine, Mirror Blinkers, 13-Inch steel rims with covers, Keystart, rear wiper, fog lights, No Radio/CD player and manual AC.
  6. Toyota Passo 1.0 + Hana – This grade is similar to the C Package but with Radio/CD Player, 14-Inch steel rims with covers,  automatic AC and a shoe rack under the driver’s seat.
  7. Toyota Passo 1.3 + Hana – This is the luxury grade that comes with the 1.3 Litre engine,  smart start, keyless entry, automatic AC, Radio/CD player and 14-Inch alloy rims.

Legroom & Space

The horizontally emphasized instrument panel highlights the spaciousness of the cabin. Magenta accents adorn the radio cluster, side registering, and seat upholstery to better express the vehicle’s particular, sophisticated finish. The 2016 Passo has enhanced back legroom by 75 mm while preserving its outstandingly maneuverable compact dimensions to ensure a comfortable and spacious interior. The first-row legroom is sufficient for a driver and passenger with average height.

Cabin Storage

In the first row, there are 2 cup-holders, door panel storage, a glovebox, a center box, an armrest compartment, and storage racks beneath the front seats. For the second row, there are 2 cup holders and front seat jacket pockets.

Safety Features

Standard safety features in the 2016 Passo includes;  Anti-locking braking system, SRS Airbags, Vehicle Stability Control ❲VSC❳  front airbags, and rear camera assist.

Boot Space

The Passo has a sizable boot space that can be extended by folding the back seats flat.


The lower bumper has a trapezoidal shape and a low center of gravity to complement the bigger front grille, giving the front of the vehicle a greater sense of stability. From the side, character lines envelop the cabin and signal a roomy interior, while from the rear, the increased tire width and the placement of the wheels at the very corners of the car convey a sense of grip and stability. The 2016 Passo is equipped with attractive ring shape BI-Beam LED headlamps that can switch between high and low beams with one lamp light.

Toyota Passo Fuel Consumption

2016 Toyota Passo 1.0L Consumes 24.0km/litre
2016 Toyota Passo 1.3L Consumes 20.8km/L

Toyota Passo Acceleration

2016 Toyota Passo 1.0L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 15 secs
2016 Toyota Passo 1.3L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 12.5 secs


Toyota Passo Fuel Tank Capacity: 40 Litres

2016 Toyota Passo Ground Clearance
The 2016 Toyota Passo has a ground clearance of 6.3 Inches (160mm) which is a few inches shy of the minimum recommended clearance of 6.5 Inches for Kenyan roads. It may be necessary to modify the ground clearance to adjust the car to Kenyan roads. Read our guidelines here on how to safely increase a vehicle’s ground clearance.

Service Intervals
Minor Service: At 5,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service: At 10,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil


Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
Service parts for Toyota Passo are affordable and widely available in Kenya. Body parts are also affordable but can be difficult to find outside of Nairobi. Most spare shops in Industrial Area and Kirinyaga Road stock these parts. You can get listings for these shops in this link

Toyota Passo Stability and Handling

The suspension of the 2015 Toyota Passo has been optimized for a secure and steady driving experience. Both the front and rear suspensions of vehicles with front-wheel drive have been equipped with stabilizers to reduce vehicle roll and increase handling stability. Large-diameter cylinders and rods have been included into the front suspension shock absorbers to increase rigidity, resulting in more stable handling and less friction for an enhanced driving experience. Enhanced torsional rigidity in the rear suspension torsion beams of front-wheel-drive vehicles also contributes to enhanced handling stability.

The wheelbase has been lengthened, the tires have been enlarged, and the front wheels’ maximum steering angle has been maximized. Collectively, these characteristics allow the Passo to achieve a tight turning circle of only 9.2 meters in diameter.

Resale Value: Good

Toyota Passo Competitors: Mazda VerisaNissan March and Suzuki Swift

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price:  Starting from Ksh.1,250,000
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh. 38,000/ per annum- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/- per annum
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 16,000/- for 4 Tyres
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What we like about the 2016 Toyota Passo

  • Great fuel economy
  • Easy handling and stability
  • Good resale value

What we don’t like about the 2016 Toyota Passo

  • Its lacks sophistication


The refinement of the Toyota Paaso makes it one of the best cars in today’s market. The Passo is an appealing option to examine because of its decent performance, excellent fuel economy, spacious interior, attractive exterior, and important safety features.

Where to Buy the 2016 Toyota Passo in Kenya
If you are looking to either import or buy the Toyota Passo locally, we can help you with this process. Over the years, we have developed a network of trusted dealers both in Kenya and Japan who supply us with exceptional cars. Simply call us or send us a message through our contacts below and we’ll get you the right car at the right price.

Also Read: “2015 Toyota Passo Review”

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