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Toyota MR2 Spyder Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 138 hp @ 6400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 22/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder

  • Though better suited as a weekend car than a daily driver, the MR2 Spyder is the perfect alternative for those suffering from Mazda Miata burnout.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Well-balanced mid-engine design, scores high on the fun scale, awesome car to run hard on the track, affordability.

  • Cons

    Homely design, lack of cargo space, dated interior design, non-adjustable seats.

  • What's New for 2001

    No changes this year.

Full 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder Review

What's New for 2001

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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Pure fun!

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Vehicle: 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I just love getting drive this little car, it is so Fun! Almost go cart like, good in turns, smooth on the road. Its a little tough to get out of, being a 6 footer, But worth the drive. Great on the gas mileage for a Summer 3rd car that is economical & trendy also rare it's a keeper

Not the best, but better

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Vehicle: 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Although this car has been categorized as "sports", it isn't. It lacks the power to support, "sports". What many people are complaining about I have to agree with as far as easy scratches, "ears" on my top when dropped, and fogged headlights. However, I love the interior of this car as basic and simple as it is. It has what you need, not what you want. That's what I want. Of course it would be ideal if this car was a lexus, but it isn't. I highly recommend to purchase this car used and invest another 3k into a turbo and another 1k into suspension components. I will have spent a total of 11k into this car if I do so with the purchase price; then the car would be phenomenally fast and handling.

Unique dependability

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Vehicle: 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I flew to Indiana from Michigan to purchase my 2001 MR-2. I enjoy the tan leather seats and carbon fiber dash appointments. I put on special chrome wheels. Larger set of Toyo's on back and Dual exhaust adapted from existing system. I have had nothing but joy when I drive. I currently have 36,000 miles on it and appreciate the great millage.

1 of 13 people found this review helpful

Junk... save money and buy

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Vehicle: 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Ok, I'm going to give the real review on this car. I've always owned some pretty nice sports cars and after 2 years of owning this I can say its pretty much complete junk. First, the build quality on this car is incredibly poor. Everything about it. The paint is awful and chips, scratches really easily esp. black. The body panels do not line up well at all and will shift. The top will fade and become difficult to put down, you will get "ears". Headlights fade and fog very easily. The stock suspension is too high and very cheap. Brakes are just ok. Worst of all... the car is slow. Not sports car standards. And it's really not that fun to drive. Remove precats or engine will blow! No joke.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Ton of fun

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Vehicle: 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Gets more looks and comments than any other car I've owned. With top down I've carried HDTVs and eight foot tall shrubs! Fast, agile, absolute blast to drive. The later model has better looking front and back lamps but the 01 is essentially the same beast. Most think it's a Porsche but my budget knows what it costs.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fun with clothes on!

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Vehicle: 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Bought this as a birthday gift from me, to me. Words can't describe the amount of enjoyment driving such a unique car. Handles very well and quick. A real head turner as there are not many of them. 34+ mpg! Again a very fun, affordable, cool car! Mid-engine is very rare on an affordable sports car.

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Gas Mileage


  • 22
  • cty
  • 27
  • highway
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