Background, specifications, and standard features for the 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder.
The Toyota MR2 Spyder is a midengine roadster first introduced to the US in 1985. Since then, it's come and gone several times: discontinued in 1989, it was re-continued in 1991, discontinued in 1995, then re-continued in 2000. Now, the Spyder is again being discontinued to American consumers-2005 will be the last year of availability.
The current model, the 3rd generation Spyder, comes in only one trim style and only as a convertible. The Spyder can do 0-60mph in the 7-8 second range. Despite this quick get-up-and-go, the Spyder gets 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. It is important to emphasize, however, that the Spyder is a roadster and not meant for holding much cargo. There is a bin behind the two seats that offers only 1.5 cubic feet of storage space. The trunk, with a spare inside, offers a small amount of additional storage room.
A 1.8-liter, twin-cam, 16 valve, four-cylinder engine propels the car. This engine produces 138 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. Two transmissions are available for the Spyder: a standard five-speed manual transmission, and a six-speed Sequential-shift Manual Transmission (SMT.) The latter is essentially a merging of automatic and manual transmissions; The SMT transmission is the best of both worlds, for it offers the convenience of an automatic with both the interaction and efficiency of a manual.
Base MSRP for the MR2 Spyder starts at $25,685 and goes up to $26,685.
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