Toyota MR2 (1995)

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two-seat sports cars are a these days, and they are to get rarer. 1995 is the last of American availability for Toyota’s little MR2. The MR2 is the only mid- engined sports car for sale in this country, and one of the and most enjoyable cars made. But times, fashions, and needs change.

It costs a lot to a car in the U. S. If too few people buy it, it will be withdrawn the market. So, if you’ve had your eye on a new buy now or forever hold you peace.

The MR2 was introduced in 1985, at the height of the Eighties. It was the perfect entry- sports car for that sports time. It had the mid-engined layout of the exotics and Toyota price and

Its distinctive angular styling was appealing and its 1.6-liter 112- engine combined spirited with good fuel It was an instant sales success.

Two, as it was nicknamed, grew in and price over the next few Performance got serious with the of a supercharged version in 1988. The model year saw the introduction of the generation MR2. This the current version, was a bit larger, appointed, and featured new rounded and the choice of 2.2-liter normally-aspirated or turbocharged engines.

It was positioned somewhat higher up the scale than its predecessor, and was and is an entry-level grand touring The MR2 got suspension upgrades and a minor lift for 1993, and continues in form today.

We spent a in a non-turbo MR2 as a way of saying goodbye to an old

APPEARANCE: The MR2 looks like a exotic. From the front it is Toyota, with an oval air and pop-up headlights. Side and views have an Italian

The 15-inch wheels introduced in give Mr. 2 just that bit of aggressiveness needed in style and the handling, too. The car’s mid-engine design makes for space utilization with overhangs.

Our metallic gray example got of compliments from bystanders.

The MR2 is a driver’s car, and it is designed to its occupants relaxed and aware. and egress are surprisingly easy for a high sports car. the driver is presented with instrument panel, thick, steering wheel, a left rest, and a slick-shifting gearshift The seats provide good support.

As the hoary old sports car says, the controls fall to hand. The air conditioner cools the immediately, with no adverse on power. There is a surprising of storage space in the MR2. luggage can fit in the front spare compartment.

Inside are map pockets in the doors, a glove box, and a locking behind the seats. Behind-the-seat is inversely proportional to occupant and people over six feet in will feel cramped. The will hold two sets of clubs or an equivalent amount of

SAFETY: The MR2 has the full complement of and passive safety equipment. On the side, excellent maneuverability, power, and four-wheel vented brakes, optionally antilock, avoid trouble. Driver and air bags, height-adjustable shoulder and impact-protection beams in the doors passive safety.

ROADABILITY: The purpose of a sports car is pleasurable and the MR2 excels at this. Handling is The all-independent suspension and good distribution provide excellent characteristics and ability along a comfortable, well-damped ride. The MR2 is a near- perfect sports car quite possibly the best rating on four wheels It is a small, maneuverable urban

During a recent comparison at Sears Point Raceway we that the only cars felt better at speed two or three times as much.

The non-turbo MR2’s 2.2-liter, 16-valve engine produces 135 It is not nervous or peaky at all. is plenty of power at all engine with healthy midrange.

The manual transmission on our test car quickly and smoothly and added to the of driving the car. A 4-speed automatic transmission is available. The aspirated MR2 is a very well-balanced

CONCLUSIONS: There is a time for and the time for sports car popularity to have passed. When the inventory of Toyota MR2s is there will be no more for the market. Get it while you can.


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