2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder Consumer Review: Like A Go-Kart for Big Kids

2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder - Consumer Review

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Base Convertible (1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Like A Go-Kart for Big Kids
By Matt on


2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


If you love to drive and don't want to shell out for a Porsche, this is your car. It handles like it's on rails. So much so that it takes a little time to get used to it if you're not accustomed to high performance mid-engine coupes. I've known a couple of people who have these just to take to the track as a sprint car. They handle just that well.

Best Features

Super easy to put top up/down - you can do it one-handed at a stop light. Near perfectly balanced center of gravity. SMT tranny is an outstanding value. Basically unavailable in any other sports car in this price range.

Worst Features

The wind guard behind the seats cannot be folded up/down with the seats fully reclined. Probably too small if you're over 6' tall. I wish Toyota offered the OEM supercharger they had for earlier models. No real way to boost performance without going off the reservation.
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