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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 23/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 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

    Lively and precise handling dynamics, scores high on the fun scale, available SMT transmission, affordable compared to other European-brand roadsters.

  • Cons

    Severe lack of storage space, bland interior design, not many safety features available.

  • What's New for 2005

    Say good-bye to the MR2 (again). This is the final year of production for the fun, little convertible. The only changes this year are to the audio system, which now has an amber-colored display screen and a standard six-disc CD changer in place of the cassette player.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 23
  • cty
/
  • 29
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Best car ever!!!

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I had a 2004 MR2 with the SMT that I totaled in 2013 and went shopping for another car. With everything else out there, I finally settled on a 2005 MR2 with the five-speed transmission, and had it shipped it from New Jersey to California. I bought the 2005 because I had never loved driving before I drove the MR2 Spyder! Every Saturday and Sunday, I get in the car and do 60-mile loops just do drive it. It's really that much fun. My husband and kids don't even question it anymore. And I've owned these for 10 years now! Driving it never gets old!



4 of 12 people found this review helpful

6 speed smt

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

DO NOT buy an MR2 spyder with the SMT -- it will fail, and Toyota will not be able to fix it. Something about the electronics, which Toyota is now famous for over-engineering and then having it all go haywire, and Toyota's well-deserved reputation for never admitting to screw ups. If you buy ANY Toyota, be sure and get as long a warranty as possible -- these electronics are VERY expensive, and rarely stay fixed for long.



39,655 of 39,656 people found this review helpful

Fun and practical

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I bought my Spyder with 8,666 miles on it in December 2007. I had first looked at a Spyder several years earlier. I almost couldn't believe my ears when the Carmax salesman told me it had no trunk; I had never heard of a car without a trunk. I passed on it at that time because I thought having a trunk was important. But I'm still single, so I figured what the heck, I have no one I need to please -- I'll buy what I want and put the groceries in the passenger seat. Obviously, the car is fun. It's also more economical than a Miata because it uses regular unleaded gas, and I average about 28.5 mpg in the summer, about 27 in the winter. This car is fine in the snow with snow tires.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Hard to beat

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Purchased my green/tan Spyder in Texas when I worked at Texas Tech. Would of course have purchased the Phantom if available (black and red). Learned early on from a friend I could flip the top back without getting out and have it lock in most instances - no apparent damage. This made me want to put the top down whenever possible. Handle - goes where you point it. Great acceleration leaving cars behind at lights without many RPM. Criticized for storage but drove it to Maine with enough clothes packed in to work indefinitely. Really enjoyed running 80 much of the time. OE Bridgestones being replaced at 18k under a warranty that came with the car. Pondering adding sports muffler.




Add a luggage rack to

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

As a long time owner of a TR-6, I became familiar with luggage racks. Therefore, when I purchased my 2005 MR- 2 I had the dealer install a luggage rack I obtained from my local British car parts dealer. This rack leaves plenty of room for engine ventillation and holds two (2) twenty eight (28) inch suitcases which can be secured with bungee cords. My wife and I can take 2 week trips in our MR-2 and enjoy Calilfornia and Oregon coast roads as well as mountain roads for which the MR-2 was built.




More fun than a barrel

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

It's only weakness is lack of a trunk. In my opinion though, this car is made for nothing but enjoyable driving. It meets that purpose to a tea. It would take spending three time as much (not to mention gas and insurance costs) at the dealer to have a car this good.



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Full 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder Review

What's New for 2005

Say good-bye to the MR2 (again). This is the final year of production for the fun, little convertible. The only changes this year are to the audio system, which now has an amber-colored display screen and a standard six-disc CD changer in place of the cassette player.

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Talk About The 2005 MR2 Spyder

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nimrod99
09-03-2007
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02-24-2008
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one91mr2
one91mr2
07-07-2005
The MR2 Spyder used a sequential manual transmission, which is quite different from a shiftable automatic. SMT/SMG's use computers to actuate the clutch, and it doesn't shift automatically.. It also...



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