Truly a work of art aesthetically and on the road, one feels connected to the ground. The weight distribution is divine, and I fell in love with this car from the very first time I saw one over 10 years ago.
The transmission in the 1993 version is tough, and the shifts can be done with solid ease. Also when one disconnects the Electro-hydraulic Power Steering the road-feel is amazing.
None. It is a pity that cars are not made like this anymore. The Lotus Elise may have the go-cart feel of the MR2 however who knows about its reliability issues. The MR2 is the perfect combination of performance, economy, and reliability. FUN.
The MR2 handles very well, except in snow. I get 34 mpg hwy and 26 in town. It has room for several bags of groceries etc. The only problem is that it leaks at the back of the door windows in a heavy rain. Great other than that!
The MR2 is very well engineered and built. Mine has been trouble free and the quality of the engineering (good materials selection) makes the car easy to keep looking new. The handling of the 93 and 94 models is very friendly. It isn't a Lotus Elise, but it is as close as you are going to get for less than the sales tax on a new Elise. It actually is a better built car, which is probably the reason Toyota could not make money selling them.
Handling, styling, efficiency, reliability. Still has a lot of "wow" factor and impresses kids that were born after this car was designed. Still quick and gets 28 to 30 MPG. Even today, no cars match its combination of styling, efficiency and performance.
I wrote a review of this car 5 years ago, soon after it was purchased. I thought I'd follow up on that review. This MR2 was was purchased with 173K miles, and now has 235K Miles. In that time, I've only had it in the shop for tires. I've personally replaced the sparkplugs, battery, rear brakes and oil, and that's it. This dependable car has started right up every day without fail. Amazingly, this car seems to be worth just as much now as it was 5 years ago! So I'm pleased with the car, and its ability to retain value. All in all, this has been one of the most positive experiences I've had with a car. My plan is to drive it into the ground, and maybe buy another one.
Low cost of ownership, reliable transportation, feels like driving a go-cart.
Not much... though I really wish Toyota would make more interesting cars than what they're offering now.