2005 Toyota MR2

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$25,145

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2005 Toyota MR2

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Fun to drive
  • Maneuverability
  • Stability
  • Ride comfort on smooth surfaces

The bad:

  • Tiny cargo space
  • Snug cockpit
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Lack of true automatic transmission
  • Final year on the market

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Notable features

  • Midmounted four-cylinder
  • Manual or sequential manual
  • RWD layout
  • Soft-top with glass rear window

2005 Toyota MR2 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Toyota launched its two-passenger rear-wheel-drive sport convertible as a late 2000 model and revived a name used in the 1990s for a similar mid-engine coupe. In 2002, a five-speed sequential manual transmission in the MR2 Spyder became available. A year later, the sequential gearbox added a sixth ratio.

If you’re tempted to buy an MR2 Spyder, you’d better hurry because 2005 will be the two-seater’s last year on the market. Little has changed this season.

Comparable in size and price to the Mazda Miata, which uses a front-mounted engine, the MR2 Spyder has a soft-top that folds manually and includes a glass rear window. The clutch and gear functions in the SMT-equipped model are computer-operated. Electronic throttle control permits the system to reduce torque during gear changes and blips the throttle to match engine speed during downshifts. Upshifts and downshifts are achieved by moving the selector or by using steering-wheel-mounted buttons.

Exterior
Substantial air scoops run along the MR2 Spyder’s wedge-shaped bodysides and ahead of the rear wheels. A wide, gaping grille opening dominates the low-slung front end. Large, round headlights are encased in elongated, clear-plastic housings. Front and rear overhangs are minimal. The MR2’s 96.5-inch wheelbase is 7 inches longer than the Miata’s.

Side air intakes are color-keyed. The fabric top folds flat into a well, and a wind deflector mounts behind the seats. Alloy wheels hold 15-inch tires in front, but 16-inch tires are mounted in the rear.

Interior
Bucket seating is provided for two occupants. Standard features include drilled aluminum pedals, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel, a six-CD stereo, air conditioning, and power windows, locks and mirrors. A large tachometer dominates the three-pod gauge cluster.

Tall folks can stretch out, but cargo space is virtually nonexistent � officially listed at a minuscule 1.9 cubic feet. A limited-slip differential and a leather-trimmed interior package are the only factory options.

Under the Hood
The MR2 Spyder’s 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder is adapted from the one used in the Celica GT. The engine teams with a five-speed-manual transmission or a six-speed sequential manual gearbox that replaces the clutch pedal and gear selector with a single shifter; it doesn’t have a fully automatic mode. Toyota claims the five-speed MR2 Spyder can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in slightly more than 7 seconds.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes and daytime running lights are standard. Side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
It’s too bad the MR2 Spyder is being discontinued because it’s one of the more fun-filled two-passenger models on the market. It’s got a tight interior, and getting into the driver’s seat demands a few gyrations that culminate with a drop into the seat. Cargo space is laughable. But the prospect of controlling almost Porsche Boxster-like highway moves on a tight budget makes up for the MR2’s few imperfections.

Equipped with a capable engine, the MR2 Spyder zips through challenging situations and grips the pavement through curves. The ride is surprisingly smooth on good pavement surfaces. The manual gearbox works well but demands some effort. The wind deflector can be distracting, but visibility is otherwise good.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

The most fun to drive car I have ever owned.

Great fun to drive. Not at all practical. If you want a super reliable and economical convertable to have fun the Spyder is for you. 32 mpg at any speed. We love to take it to the mountains and enjoy the superb handling.

5.0

Perfect car for me

The vehicle was sporty and just more than I expected the interior was untouchable.the engine was just as impressive as the inner and outter of the car.this was really a great purchase for me...I love it

5.0

nice car

this is a great little car.very fun to drive .im five foot ten .i wouldnt reccomend any taller for this vehicle.ive only got 7000 miles and vplan on keeping this vehicle..

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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