Used 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder

2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder
List Price Estimate
$6,021 - $11,965

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.
Toyota MR2 Spyder years
2005
Toyota MR2 Spyder for Sale

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.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

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

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

Trending topics in reviews

  • handling & steering
  • appearance
  • value
  • fuel efficiency
  • transmission
  • driving experience
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • wheels & tires
  • seats
  • comfort
  • dashboard
  • steering wheel
  • interior
  • maintenance & parts
  • acceleration
  • lights
  • towing
  • safety
  • road noise
  • spaciousness
  • warranty
  • engine
  • doors
  • technology

Most helpful consumer reviews

4 out of 5 stars, Fun and Practical
Mike W,

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 out of 5 stars, I'll die in this car
Rodney,

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 out of 5 stars, Best car ever!!!
angela45,
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!

4.625 out of 5 stars, Hard to Beat
Spyder Man,

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.

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Features & Specs

2dr Convertible features & specs
2dr Convertible
1.8L 4cyl 5M
MPG 23 city / 29 hwy
Seats 2
5-speed manual
Gas
138 hp @ 6400 rpm

2dr Convertible features & specs
2dr Convertible
1.8L 4cyl 6M
MPG 23 city / 30 hwy
Seats 2
6-speed automated manual
Gas
138 hp @ 6400 rpm

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FAQ

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

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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

More about the 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder

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).

What do people think of the 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 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 2005 MR2 Spyder.

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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.

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