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Used Toyota MR2

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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."

9 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best First Car!

By on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "A bargain for how fun and unique it is"

Cons: "not as practical as most cars"

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

"I saw this car, and instantly fell in love with it. So many people stop and stare at it, and some even think it is a Porsche. I was aware of the miniscule trunk space when i bought it, but the spaces are well thought out. The storage area behind the seats is plenty big for weekend luggage and there is a nice sized recepticle on the top of the dash, a large glovebox, and some depressions in the center console. The "Frunk" is a good size but less practicle to access. The car has plenty of power, and becuase of the weight and light steering, the car is very fun to take around corners. My car has the sequential Manual Transmission (SMT), which is a manual transmission with a computer-operated clutch. This transmission does not have a true automatic mode, but it will downshift from second gear to first when you stop at a light. You can shift up by ulling back on the floor shifter or with buttons on the back of either side of the steering wheel. To downshift, you push the floor shifter or push one of the buttons on the front of the steering wheel. The transmission shifts smoothly and quick enough for normal driving, but at higher revs, it can begin to feel sluggish. When downshifting it automatically blips the throttle for smoother shifts. Also, because of the cars size, it does not ussually roll when you let your foot of the brake, but it still will roll a little. The top is pretty simple to put up and down, but is much easier to do it when ouside of the vehicle. The process is simple: crack the windows (the diver window has an auto-down feature), unclip the two hooks via a button on the hook and fold it down, if your lucky you can hook the top down from the inside, but it will resist that. To put it up: unclip it from the down position, lift up via the small metal handle, flip down the visors, and hook it on to the windshield. The top doesn't leak, but does let in alot of noise. There is a flip ut sun/windblocker behind the seats, but is dark enough it makes it difficult to see out of. Theseats are confortable, but don't allow for much movement. Also, the steering wheel feels like it doesn't go up enough. The cabin is larger then it seems and the radio and climate controls are within easy reach. With 4 speakers, the radio is not amazing, but it is plenty for me. The only issue i have with the radio is, the antenna raises when the radio is on, and I broke it when I drove into the garage. The steering makes it easy to ark, and I can't imagine driving anything else!"

7 people out of 7 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."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful