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Toyota MR2 Simple Open Air Fun that Won’t Cost the Earth

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Jan 7 , 20 13

The MR2 evolved from a coupe in the 1990s to a two-seat roadster for the new millennium to take on the Mazda MX-5. This generation sticks with the mid-engined, mini-supercar layout and, like the MX-5, has just the right amount of power to be great fun, but without scaring the pants off newcomers or costing a packet to run.

The 138bhp 1.8-litre Toyota MR2 engine is borrowed from the Celica coupe and whizzes away merrily through all five of its gears, with the slick gearshift just adding to the sense of fun. It’s all topped off with excellent handling courtesy of the mid-engined layout, and the only thing to watch out for is that the MR2 can catch out the unwary in the wet.

As you’d only expect from a car that’s been engineered so well, the hood is a masterpiece and folds easily with one hand from the driver’s seat, snicking into a locked position when folded to stop it flapping about.Inside, the cabin has a nice snug, sporty feel, and just enough equipment to be comfortable, although not every model has air-con.

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