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2005 Toyota MR2

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$6,797 — $12,801 USED
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Convertible
2 Seats
29 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.9) 7 reviews

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

What to Know

about the 2005 Toyota MR2
  • Midmounted four-cylinder
  • Manual or sequential manual
  • RWD layout
  • Soft-top with glass rear window

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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-inc...
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

What drivers are saying

4.9
7 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
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(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

Perfect car for me

by Jp from Jackson tennessee on February 10, 2018

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 ... Read full review

(5.0)

nice car

by nicsurf10 from 06277 on January 22, 2013

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.. Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The MR2 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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