The last generation of the MR-2 wasn’t the commercial hit Toyota wished it would be, but this doesn’t take anything away of the little roadster’s entertainment value.
Toyota made a mid-engined lightweight roadster which was more exciting -and demanding- to drive than the Mazda MX5 NB of the same era, not to mention the half-baked MGF. It is one of the cars that became better over time, offering a recipe you can’t find anywhere else. If you want a sorted cheap mid-engine roadster, this is your next car.
Regular Car Reviews gets behind the wheel of a MY2000 and explains in his own, er, distinctive way, why the last of the MR-2s is the one you should go for if you’re out in the market, looking to buy an MR-2. Just ignore the stupid replicas out there.
It was an unloved car back in its day, with styling cues taken clearly from the first gen Porsche Boxster but putting the design aside, this little car was and is a riot to drive. Yes it’s not the practical but if you pay attention to boot spaces that much, maybe a roadster is not for you.