Used 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder

Pros & Cons

  • Lively and precise handling dynamics, scores high on the fun scale, available SMT transmission, affordable compared to other European-brand roadsters.
  • Severe lack of storage space, bland interior design, not many safety features available.
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$7,618 - $15,929

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Edmunds' Expert Review

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.

2005 Highlights

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.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder.

Average user rating: 4.9 stars
32 total reviews
5 star reviews: 94%
4 star reviews: 6%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

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  • driving experience
  • transmission
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • wheels & tires
  • seats
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  • dashboard
  • steering wheel
  • interior
  • maintenance & parts
  • lights
  • acceleration
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  • towing
  • road noise
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Most helpful consumer reviews

4/5 stars, Fun and Practical
Mike W,
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.
4.75/5 stars, I'll die in this car
2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Purchased a new MR2 a few weeks ago when I heard they were going out of production. Have wanted one for several years and finally bit. I drove HW20 across northern WA last week and it was heaven. 6 hours of twisted mountain roads with the top down. Car has adequate power for what I want, and does it turn. It's just perfect: predictable when pushed in corners, rock solid cruising at 100mph, settled over uneven pavement, fun to drive to work, looks great with the adorable blonde beside me. This is a special type of sports car to me: mid-engine, rear drive, lightweight, modestly priced. I love X1-9s, 914s, 1st generation MR2s. It's sad no one's making one now.
5/5 stars, Best car ever!!!
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!
5/5 stars, Most fun ever, even wife agrees
2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 6M)
I bought this car because of style and price. The Miata is severly under powered and too bland. The MR-2 looks like it's bad-assed brother, and runs circles around it. I bought the green model because it was different and the compliments are amazing. Talk about fun, 0 to 60 in a heart beat without wheel chirp, handles like a dream, like it's on a rail. Even my wife admits that it's way too much fun NOT to take anywhere. The only problem is storage space, there isn't any, so you make do.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
23 City / 29 Hwy / 25 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.7 gal. capacity
2 seats
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 138 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 125 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Length: 153 in. / Height: 48.8 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
Overall Width without Mirrors: 66.7 in.
Curb Weight: 2195 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 1.9 cu.ft.


Is the Toyota MR2 Spyder a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2005 MR2 Spyder both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Toyota MR2 Spyder fuel economy, so it's important to know that the MR2 Spyder gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg to 26 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the MR2 Spyder has 1.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Toyota MR2 Spyder. Learn more

Is the Toyota MR2 Spyder reliable?

To determine whether the Toyota MR2 Spyder is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the MR2 Spyder. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the MR2 Spyder's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2005 MR2 Spyder is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder?

The least-expensive 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder is the 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $25,145.

Other versions include:

  • 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $25,145
  • 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $26,145
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What are the different models of Toyota MR2 Spyder?

If you're interested in the Toyota MR2 Spyder, the next question is, which MR2 Spyder model is right for you? MR2 Spyder variants include 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M), and 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 6M). For a full list of MR2 Spyder models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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Used 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder Overview

The Used 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder is offered in the following submodels: MR2 Spyder Convertible. Available styles include 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M), and 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 6M). The Used 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual, 6-speed automated manual.

What do people think of the 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2005 MR2 Spyder 4.9 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2005 MR2 Spyder.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2005 MR2 Spyder featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New Used 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder?

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

The Used 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,685. The average price paid for a new Used 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M) is trending $19,339 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $19,339 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $6,346.

The average savings for the Used 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M) is 75.3% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder?

2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M), 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
25 compined MPG,
23 city MPG/29 highway MPG

2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 6M), 6-speed automated manual, regular unleaded
26 compined MPG,
23 city MPG/30 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG25
Transmission5-speed manual
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
Displacement1.8 L
Passenger Volume48 cu.ft.
Wheelbase96.5 in.
Length153 in.
Height48.8 in.
Curb Weight2195 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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