return of the Toyota MR2 cars

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Toyota MR 2 II

Return of the Toyota MR2 cars

The MR2 brings back one of the company’s fun cars in a bid for younger drivers. Our yellow convertible attracted a deal of attention, with from toddlers to teenagers to touch it when they nobody was looking (that is, the top was down; when the top was up, it didn’t to attract as much attention). The makes it look sporty but not aggressive but exciting, inside and and the MR2 itself did not disappoint us.

Driving the MR2 is a bit driving a go-cart: you’re to the ground, tiny changes to the yield big changes in your and the engine feels directly to the throttle. Handling is remarkably sticking to the road like with no appreciable body and steering that is incredibly On the highway this makes it in regular driving very and enjoyable. Sensible power makes it easy to steer, but it requires enough effort to sporty and enjoyable. The other is a jittery ride, but one which is not as there is still some

The little four-cylinder engine out a surprisingly high amount of (138 horses), especially because it isn’t all at the high It gives a good start and builds power, with the valve timing changing more gracefully than on own Matrix XRS. The downside is economy lower than one expect from such a car, but to be fair, convertibles are than similarly-sized sedans, and the MR2 does well compared other sports cars. is just over 7 seconds, respectable, with strong and acceleration on tap if you’re in the right

The Mr. 2 was one of the more distinctive and lovable of the late 1980s and early combining a rear-engine, two-seater with Toyota reliability. No did drivers have to live European standards of build or, worse, British electronics, choosing an impractical, sporty coupe. The MR2 was about as fun as a car could combining a nimble suspension a powerful engine, whether you the turbocharger or not. The MR2 was easy to so even inexperienced drivers get away with fast unlike many other cars of the time. It was also impractical, without any storage to speak of, and somewhat expensive at without a turbo. Only two later, the Neon would with better acceleration and gas along with four and exemplary handling, albeit less driving excitement, at a price. But it would take a — until 2003 to match the turbo’s performance.

The rejuvenated MR2 carries forward the excellent handling, an engine lots of go-power, an engine behind the driver, two seats, and little room. Fortunately, the MR2 has a capacious glove compartment, storage bin, and two decently-sized behind the seats, making it practical in that way than the Acceleration is also considerably than the old non-turbo models. The is still in roughly the place, with other cars, and that convertibles are generally costly than coupes.

other companies could done the same; Mazda has Miata, Chrysler had their and Jazz concepts, and every car seems filled with high-performing roadsters. But the MR2 was actually . just as other companies hybrid-electric and fuel cell but Toyota actually mass-produced

The engine noise comes behind, though the sound as performance-tuned as it was with the previous Under hard acceleration, are rough. This is a sports car really feels like a car, and invites hard Fortunately, it won’t punish you for it bad gas mileage in the way, say, a or turbocar will.

The MR2 is, in general, more fun on local streets and lanes than on expressways, the steering becomes twitchy, the is always revving high, and the noise gets loud the top up. As with most convertibles, a is handy even in moderate at higher speeds with the top as wind blows at the back of the neck, but that’s a trifle.

One of the more interesting features is the manual transmission. This is a manual, with a friction-based but the actual clutch-out-change-gear-clutch-in operation is by the car itself, while the driver it to shift up or down via steering pushbuttons or a pretty chrome knob in the usual place. knob is clearly not for an automatic, it has no Park or Drive positions reverse, neutral, plus, and are the choices. You start out in neutral, to S, and then pull to move up a or push to move down. this is the opposite of every we found it easier to simply use the wheel controls, which are on both sides of the wheel. We the transmission much easier to use discovering that it downshifts when you come to a stop, but to note that it does not automatically; you hit the rev limiter instead. is probably to avoid having use the performance trick of simply it with the transmission in first, and the computer upshift at each

As actual stick-shift drivers, we not in love with the system, but got used to it. A real clutch is flexible and in some ways but the clutchless system may prove with American drivers, of whom do not know how to drive a Part of the problem is Toyota’s of gear ratios, where gear is actually useful cruising at a mere 40 mph. so many gears we’d hoped they’d spread out more, so that sixth be a good highway cruising instead of feeling like an car’s third or fourth. a normal suburban cruising required more shifts it should, and the shifts could be under moderate acceleration as the shut off the gas, went to shifted, engaged again, and fuel. We did appreciate the way it downshifts, the pedal to match engine But it was still strange after a of driving to lose so much to shifting when accelerating, and to to hold the car on hills.

It took a time to get the hang of the transmission, and we discovering tricks that it easier. Going to 40 was uncomfortable the way, making six shifts the way; far better to rev high in then skip two or three by pressing the button several When braking, simply in gear and letting the car downshift well, though if only or turning, it could remain in or fourth, requiring a manual to get any power. Dealing with the of engine braking while also took time and but it eventually came to us. As a safety incidentally, the transmission stays in when you shut the engine have to move it back to N to and will automatically stop the car if rolling in first for too long. In while we would have the five-speed manual, it is possible to get to the six-speed sequential clutchless and even to enjoy how easy it is to under hard acceleration, and how impossible to screw up a shift a machine is doing it for you.

In a car the MR2, the key question is, Is it fun? The is definitely!, much more fun many other sports including those like the and Camaro which have performance. A lot of that is due to being a but there’s also the size It’s just more fun to a miniature car than a monster, and not just because parking becomes incredibly easy. It more nimble, more to dive in and out of lanes, better to be tossed around curves. convertibles are more refined yes, can be used to ferry than one passenger at a time, or to get groceries, but the MR2 seems to like thrown around while cars can be wrenched around without squeals, but don’t to like it as much. There’s the matter of gas mileage — 25 mpg city, 33 highway, the MR2 is hardly the gas king, but it also does than most cars this kind of performance, and far than its German counterparts. expect reliability to be far and away the in its class.

The MR2’s convertible top is easy to down or put back on, taking seconds, partly because no power feature to slow down. To remove the top, one the windows, releases two latches takes less effort on many competitors), and then pushes the top back and into its push down and it easily in place, with no separate required. Putting it back up is easy, though the windows to be lowered first. (Either can be done from the driver’s without getting up.) on the latch, then bring the over and into place, and the latches back on — carefully, because it’s to get them just a little out of so they look attached but separate on the highway (fortunately, in our not leading to any damage; the problem was and we pulled over immediately, and the never came all the way off). We it very easy to accidentally the roof, but once we were of it, it was also easy to fix each before we got moving.

It’s that the roof is so easy to down, because visibility is, as most convertibles, bad with the up. The rear glass window, electric defroster, is a strong over many older but the rear corners are very and hard to see around. That, with the low driving position, backing up and making lane difficult. The side mirrors essential on the highway, and we wish were larger. On the lighter during good weather, is excellent, with essentially no in any direction. Not all drivers saw us (or maybe pretended not to), even the standard daytime running a risk in today’s big-SUV-addled Fortunately, the MR2’s horn is out of proportion to its size, and its acceleration and handling make accidents avoidable.

The MR2 has a moderately crowded interior, all the functions of a modern car compressed a small space. Behind the (which must be folded for access) are two locking cabinets can stow relatively large while a spacious locking compartment and sizable dashtop can hold smaller things. is also a pullout cupholder which seems fairly for its type. There are also map on each door, a coin which is lots of fun if you like to the jingle of coins as you drive, and an Under the hood, there is a good amount of space on top of the tire. There is no space in the which is filled by an engine from the Corolla.

Most are logical and in sensible positions, a well placed cruise The climate control system is well designed, with a button for air conditioning (which but does not, light up you choose the defrost mode). The is easy to use and very intuitive. The is standard Toyota, with a large face and excellent, sound. It is easy to operate, the audio control knob require either memorization (to how many pushes gets you to a control) or the driver’s attention. A cassette/CD player is standard. The window controls are a bit awkward, a distance away from other between the seats, and is no power door control, to be fair the doors lock and automatically, and there are only two of

The instrument panel is clear and to read, with the tachometer the prize position in center, and a 140 mph putting implication over since all legal speeds are together into a small The gauges are black on silver, to read in all types of light, deep into their to avoid reflection.

The seats high backs to protect neck injury in an accident, the driver’s seat having a height control. If you flip the forward to get to the cargo bins, return to a default position, not you set them.

Toyota MR 2 II

Concessions to the MR2’s unusual are scattered here and there. The gas cap and trunk release are in the usual with a lock by the trunk since thieves could simply tear the top to get at the release. the locking glove compartment is a pull handle for the hood, and the passenger airbag shutoff very useful if you want to children, or even if you mostly alone and don’t want to both airbags after an Amusingly, the Toyota MR2 is the best car tested so far for installing our child which fit as snugly as it could the LATCH system. This is a great car for kids, who love up next to their parents, able to see out the windshield, and even, if are old enough and you are adventurous enough, to Kids also like in a car that has no roof, and if you have an or toddler to put into a child it’s easier to drop down into it from than to lean through a Still, surviving an accident in an despite the safety features, may be harder than in a minivan, if avoiding an accident is easier.

is good headroom, especially the top down, but legroom is limited for the especially if they have big — there’s little above the floor as you move The seat belts are positioned and are hard to reach unless you use the arm to bring them out. is no roll bar, though to be the MR2 has a low center of gravity and is unlikely to in most conditions.

It’s to get a simple overview of a car like which is so unusual and in so many paradoxical. The MR2 is lots of fun, but be even more fun with a stickshift. It certainly attracts and makes everyday jaunts exciting adventures. Yet, easy to live with.

To a our old review still holds: The MR2 is a toy, but for most people, the of any MR2 (MR2=Mid-engined Runabout, 2 seats) it impractical as a primary car. good for commuting, if you don’t do a lot of miles, and it’s a fun second Selling in the mid-$20,000s, including of options (air conditioning, remote, etc.), it’s priced for its class, far cheaper say, a Porsche Boxter and, unlike a German car, a Toyota MR2 is likely to be well-made and easy to find for if it does fail. While the bay is cramped and the engine itself is to reach, there aren’t maintenance items, and Toyotas been consistently well-made, no lemons a la Honda Odyssey and del Mercedes ML, etc. We suspect of the parts will interchange the Corolla and Celica, which may be for availability and price compared more exotic two-seat Some may prefer the Mazda which has more interior but we really do recommend taking the MR2 out for a

A week with the Volkswagen Convertible was. no contest. The Bug have more trunk and two sortofkindof usable rear but it isn’t as much fun to drive, and the engine just can’t with the MR2. Even the and inexpensive active suspension bring the MR2’s go-cart and the interior of the Beetle is. annoying, the too-low seat belts.

are a surprising number of two-seat and roadsters out there. The MR2, its flaws, is a good buy, and its will help to attract wherever it goes — if you keep the top down.


At $23,098, the Spyder used the engine as the new Celica GT, with 138 hp and 125 of torque and variable valve to boost responsiveness at low speeds. The was an incredible 0-60 speed of seconds, right in Maxima but with better handling and gas (about 25/30). Its 70-to-0 space of 167 feet is more competitive, and may save a few MR2s their superb acceleration.

The was rear wheel drive. It had a manual transmission — or, a manually controlled sequential

To keep the price low, only allowed dealer-installed Standard features included a player, air conditioning, antilock power windows and locks, and a defroster.

Toyota said 5,000 would be made year.

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