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Used Toyota MR2

Consumer Reviews

Toyota's last real and affordable sports car

By on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "bargain sports car, excellent handling"

Cons: "minimal storage space, could use more power"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Lightweight, go-kart-like handling, minimalist, underpowered. Those are the main characteristics that come to mind for the MR2 Spyder. Lightweight meaning only the Lotus Elise weighs less among its contemporaries -- at 2200 lbs it's hard to find a lighter sports car. Nowadays most cars are bulked up and porky thanks to safety and convenience features, or just design without weight loss as a serious consideration - look at the 370Z or Mustang. The go-kart-like handling benefits from the light weight, plus the mid-engine layout gives you driving dynamics no FF or FR car can deliver. On the road or on the track driving the MR2 is like wielding a precision scalpel. In terms of creature comforts the car is a bit lacking; it has even less practicality than a Miata since the trunk and storage capacity is almost nil. But hey the heater works well even with the top down and it's a convertible with a glass back window - something that many of its competitors couldn't provide. You could describe it as a slimmed down Porsche Boxster, or a larger, chunkier Lotus Elise. For me it was a 2nd car, but if you are single with no kids and/or travel light it could definitely work as an only car, certainly as a commuter car with its great fuel mileage and zippy dynamics. The last point, many people felt the car was underpowered. Certainly compared to the previous generation MR2 that's true, but given how light the car is, you really don't need that much more power -- there's enough to get you in trouble for sure if you are clumsy with the wheel and pedal inputs. I've had mine since new for about 12 years and loved driving it everywhere. Driving it always puts a smile on your face. Unfortunately Toyota hasn't really built a true sports car since the MR2 (although the new GT86/Scion FRS may finally break that curse) and that's why I've held on to it... although I am looking at the FRS coming later this year."

10 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Amazing Vehicle

By on Friday, September 16, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to Drive, Great Price, Amazing Car"

Cons: "Lack of storage space"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Looks and drives like a Porsche Roadster except at a wonderful budget value. Handling and driveability is very enjoyable. True convertible roadster experience - top down driving, taking turns well, and always getting looks due to limited availability."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

7-year / original owner

By on Tuesday, October 09, 2007

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

"I remember the first time I saw this car in a Car and Driver article back in 1999. It wasn't yet available here in the states, but I knew I wanted one and put a solar yellow on hold at a local dealer and proceeded to wait until April 1st which was the official launch date. In the first summer of owning it, I put 16,000 miles on it. I am now up to 48,000. It was, and still is, such a blast to drive. A detailed explanation for my ratings follows: Reliability: I'd like to have given this a 4.5, but instead rounded up. I did have an issue with fuel injectors in the spring of 2002. This might have had something to do with storing it all winter (I live near Chicago, and it's never seen salt on the roads.) Toyota covered this fix under warranty. I have also had an issue with the engine hood release cable and have had to remove the rear grill in order to unfasten the assembly on a few occassions. Thirdly, I just realized the other day that my passenger side window will not budge. I'm not sure if the switch went bad, or if it's a fuse. At any rate, it's not as cool when the top's down and the window is all the way up. Other than these 3 "minor" nuissances, the vehicle has been solid. Quality: Bang for the Buck is the proper phrase for describing this car. This is simply an amazing car for the price. It was 23,500 brand new in 2000, and kbb has it listed at 11,500 7 years later. Performance: This car is quick, but not fast. I've topped it out at 130 mph, and the acceleration is modest. I once read 0-60 in 6.6 in Motor Trend. However, it more than makes up for it in handling. Take this through a set of twisties and you'll know what I'm talking about. It's a go-kart on steroids. Styling: With the unique styling of the MR2 spyder, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I personally love it's looks, and have had people ask if it's a porsche. The color of the vehicle does have a dramatic impact on the overall look. For instance, my solar yellow really pulls out the styling features whereas the black one seems to hide them. Comfort: I've never sat in it and thought "Geez, this is uncomfortable." At the same time, I've been in luxury vehicles and know the difference. However, when considering the price, it is relatively comfortable and I personally like the "curb-level" view. You really sit low to the ground which helps with handling. Overall Rating: I've had thoughts of selling it recently, but then I cleaned it up really well and it looked like new again. With only 5,000 being manufactured annually for the U.S. market between 2000-2005, Toyota put approximately 30,000 of them out on the road. I'd love to pull it out of the garage in near mint condition in 30 years when the number is dramatically lower. Bottomline, this is a wonderful and unique car... 5 stars."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful