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2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder

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2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder Review

Maybe not the best choice for a daily driver, but an affordable, fun car for weekends.

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Overview

Only about 7000 units of the 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder will be sold, which marks one of its advantages in the marketplace. Along with its relative uncommonness, this two-seat, mid-engine, soft-top roadster also sells for a fairly low price and offers a fun drive. The MR2 Spyder contains the same engine as the Celica GT and weighs in at a svelte 2200 pounds. These factors help it reach 60 mph in about seven seconds.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Toyota MR2 Spyder

What's New

The 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder no longer offers a yellow cloth interior. It does, however, add a new Formula One-style, five-speed manual transmission.

Exterior

Chunky styling, bulging headlights, and busy, rotund lines might not describe a vehicle you want to run out and buy. But when it comes to the 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder it works well enough. It may not look quite as sexy as some of its competition, but it also sells for a lower price, and again, it offers a fun drive. A unique feature, a glass rear window with a defroster, comes standard on the little convertible. However, you do have to get out to the car to put it up or down.

Interior

The 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder includes almost any feature you might want. Standard features include air-conditioning, an anti-lock brake system, power windows, power locks, and tilt steering.

Performance & Handling

The MR2 Spyder comes equipped with a sequential-shift, five-speed manual transmission mated to a 1.8-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve, four-cylinder engine. It has a bit of get up and go with 138 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 125 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm. The 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder makes a nice recovery around bends and curves during a Sunday drive. The sequential-shift transmission clutch and gear selector operations get carried out by computer-controlled actuators. It performs upshifts and downshifts faster than any human can, resulting in the convenience of an automatic transmission with the fun interaction and efficiency of a manual. Bottom line, the MR2 delivers a fun drive.

Safety

The 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder features daytime running lights, a passenger-airbag deactivation switch, and front seat belt pretensioners. It also includes a four-wheel anti-lock braking system.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota MR2 Spyder: 22/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Well-balanced mid-engine design
  • Fun to drive and own
  • Affordable

You Won't Like

  • Design could be snazzier
  • Lacks cargo space
  • Interior design
  • Non-adjustable seats

Sum Up

Maybe not the best choice for a daily driver, but an affordable, fun car for weekends.

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