1991 Toyota MR2 User Reviews

1991 Toyota MR2 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 83 reviews

  • Performance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"power" 37 reviews
"ride" 31 reviews
"speed" 28 reviews
"handling" 27 reviews
"fuel economy" 11 reviews
CONS
"power" 9 reviews
"turbo" 9 reviews
"expensive car" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews

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Jeff writes:
1991 Toyota MR2 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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Theyre beautiful! Sound great! Last forever! Run smooth! Very reliable!

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Pain in the ass to do a NA to turbo swap.

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Mr.2 — I haven't driven either of my MR2s but I have driven my dad's and I LOVE it almost as much as my 300zx. It just doesnt have as much hard hitting, plant your body in the seat feel as the 300zx, of course. Other than that I love them! They are, however, very difficult to do an NA to Turbo swap if your not VERY VERY familiar with the car but after its all said and done its worth it. With my black one it has T-tops, as does my 300zx, and they leak, as does my 300zx. My new MR has a slick top and does NOT leak. Recommend getting a slick top in a rainy state and a t-top in a state with a lot of sun. :) And plus, theyre Toyotas they WILL last!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Tony writes:
1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo T-bar Review
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4

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It's mid-engined so it's handling is very unique

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Old turbo car which needs lots of love

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It's A Great Car And I've Enjoyed Ownership. It Definitely Turns Heads. — Performance - It's a quick little car with plenty of potential for more power. Build Quality - It's needed a few repairs here or there. The tops leak a bit but it's nothing out of the ordinary for a turbo car with t-tops. Appearance - For a car designed in the 80's and built in the 90's you can't complain about the appearance of it at all. Cost of Ownership - It's an old car with parts becoming scarcer and scarcer... What do you think? Fun Factor - Mid-Engine Turbo'd car... What's not fun about that?

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Vince writes:
1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo T-bar Review
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Perfect reliability, tidy handling and a Toyota.

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Not more exciting than it'd suggested.  

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A Daily Driving Exotic With Very Tidy Performance. — This is a '91 Toyota MR2 Turbo T-top with black cloth interior. With 2 italian cars behind my belt, I needed something more reliable to restore my faith in the auto industry. Toyota was usually not the name associated with excitement but this one could be an exception. There wasn't a more responsible way to spend money on anything automotive but a Toyota, no matter what colour and chassis configuration! The overall fit-and-finish of this vehicle was exceptional. Despite the absence of exotic materials (ie. I did not purchase the leather interior due to financial constraints), the interior looked upscale and very sporty. The semi gloss vinyl dash and trims were perfectly textured such that I never missed the real leather in this car. Controls and switches were naturally well placed like any Toyotas, and their engagements were positive in the tactile sense. Only tach/speed/fuel/temp/boost(turbo) guages were there to convey information to the driver, as one could prabably be assured that nothing else needed attention given the reliability records of Toyotas. The T-top were made of smoked glass panels with very substantial yet easy to lock/unlock mechanism, they also came with molded linings for blocking the sun out if so desired. These all had their own storage space behind the seats securable by velcro straps (cloth "pizza delivery" bags were provided to protect these exterior panels from soiling the interior)! As a matter of fact, I couldn't help but wonder the amount of thinking that had been put into work here, all the parts felt so durable and pleasant to use! The exterior colour was Speed Yellow with glossy black rubber trim (painted!). The paint job was flawless and of high quality. Body panels were wave free, tolerance was tight for the gaps. Trunk spaces were found both in front and at the back, both lined and weather sealed, very civilised. Sounded like a perfect package, now lets see how she did in bed, er... on the pavement. Cars of mid engine configuration have only one purpose - performance. The MR2 Turbo had a head start with the most powerful engine in its price class - a 200 horsepower 2L inline 4 turbocharged engine! The engine started to have usable power from 2,500 rpm on and peaking out at 4,500 rpm (redline was around 6k). This made the torque curve rather peaky somewhere in the middle of the torque curve, which was typically what made turbocharged power plants less desirable. Throttle response suffered as a result and putting power down at low rpm required patience. Driving on the edge, there was plenty of torque to get out of fast turn where power could be laid down much sooner than front engined vehicles. In straights, this little rocket had surprised numerous V8 equipped domestic muscle cars and with equally exceptional braking performance to boost. Despite the exotic configuration (mid engine layout), this vehicle derived its suspension geometry and parts directly from the front end of the Corolla (to be utilized in BOTH the front and back end of the MR2!). This had set the ultimate limitations to the car's chassis dynamics. The car had a very compliant chassis which would also absorb any irregularities on the pavement without complaints. The down side to this was slow reaction time and less than optimal body motion control (ie. body roll in corners). Of course, my standards were set high, thanks to the coincidental side by side comparison made with a '89 Lotus Esprit Turbo owned by a contemporary then. (The Esprit had an unacceptably bone jarring ride, but there was no lean while cornering, and it had an engine whose turbo would spool up at as low as 1,800 rpm all the way to redline putting out 300 horsepower!). The MR2 gave you a taste of what driving an exotic car would be like without having to make the drivers sacrifice comfort, reliability and the high costs of ownership. More importantly, the MR2 was as easy and safe to drive as any Toyotas and drivers needed not have prior experience in high performance driving to enjoy this vehicle. Given the low costs of maintenance, the availability of aftermarket performance parts, and the tremendous potential to tune its chassis, this little gem had remained the enthusiasts' favourite over the years and will remain so in the future.

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Euhan writes:
1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo T-bar Review
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5

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Rock solid reliability, great power to weight ratio, nice styling for the time. overall good engineering.

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snap oversteer, car needs to have a slightly longer wheel base and perhaps be wider, suspension geometry was mostly fixed in 93 and up though with bigger wheels and longer rear control arms.

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1991 Toyota Mr2 — After going with the whole drifting scene for a while I decided to get a car I've always wanted when I first got into cars. The MR2. The handling on it from factory is pretty good, I wouldn't say its anything like a ferrari or an S2000. With the right driver however the MR2 can be fast around a corner. With the right tuner it can also be a great fast car. Cost of the car is not too bad so long as your looking to buy the condition of a car you want. The car has great acceleration from factory and can easily be made to have over 250hp with only a few bolt ons. I personally think the car looks great but some people don't like how the car looks. Braking so long as its up to spec is great, has great stopping power even when compared to super cars. The car has been really reliable for me didn't need anything besides the normal routine tuneup. I don't recommend this to a beginning driver, your asking for trouble driving one of these before getting some kind of driving experience at least in an FR vehicle.

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Joshua writes:
1991 Toyota MR2 2 Dr Turbo Coupe Review
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3

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Excellent Handling

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Lack of Space

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Fun Toy Car That Should Be A 3rd Car Only. — Quick car, perfect for those looking for an auto-cross vehicle and a daily driver. A bit cramped for road trips or hauling anything but one other person. Very excellent handling coupled with a fun weight distribution gives you a car that gives plenty of feedback to the driver.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Nick writes:
1991 Toyota MR2 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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5

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Handling

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hard to find parts

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Very Sporty — Love it. Fast enough... Very responsive and handles like a dream. Eats tires like most people drink water though and that's if your being nice. A little unpredictable once you push it to the a point but worth it. Interior design is what made me fall in love with it.. It envelopes you in its sporty and sleek feel. Everything is atheistically pleasing and placed with a purpose.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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John writes:
1991 Toyota MR2 T-bar Review
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5

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Looks good, mid engine, handles decent.

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roll on stock suspension

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Mr2 — This was a great car, was reliable and eye candy. Performance was decent not too much though. TCO was relatively low because it was a Toyota. Amazingly fun to drive, did roll quite a bit in the corners with the stock suspension.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Nicholas writes:
1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo T-bar Review
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5

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It handles like a gocart

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parts are expensive

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I Think Its Worth It If You Are Mechanically Enclined Or Have Money, To Maintain It. — it has great acceleration when it isnt in the shop, the braking is phenominal, and it handles like a shifter cart. i have just recently bought the car so i havent done anything serious to it, yet. interior, the drivers set is in need of reapholstering, and exterior wise is is almost flawless but it could use a paint job. gas mileage is great maintenance isnt too bad but parts cost alot. the car is too fun to drive if you ask me, becuase it is too easy to get a ticket in.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Bill writes:
1991 Toyota MR2 T-bar Review
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5

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Spot on handling and performance.

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Too heavy. Needs less ICE and Safety Items

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Toyota Mr2 — One of the best handling cars I have ever made. yes made. It has taken almost 5 years to rebuild this car into the track performer that it is. With the reliability of the 5SFE it has enough power to keep up and even pass turbo models on smaller, tighter and more technical courses.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Scott writes:
1991 Toyota MR2 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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Sporty and Attractive

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High Price for Specs

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'91 N/a Mr2 (us) — Overall: The car is great. It handles well, is pretty peppy, and just feels good to drive. The price is high for the specs, but it nice to buy a car that it's rare to see once every other week let alone daily. Performance: The car is mildly fast, however a turbo might be a bit better. The brakes seemed a bit underpowered at first, but I now think I was comparing it to the acceleration (My last car was a Volvo 240). The car has practically no body roll, but as a result the smallest bumps are pretty jaring. Build Quality: The car has been very reliable. My biggest problem has been panels rattling either from the engine vibration or the speakers. However, I am missing some clips, and this might be the simple solution. The weather striping between the window and t-tops leack, but the car IS 17 years old. The only other problem I've had is the rocker panels were torn up a bit from jacks. Apperance: The car is beautifuly designed. The hood is a lot wider than it apears from the side, and the entire car is sleek. Interior has little room. No cup holders, no boxes apart from the glove box, no room really to expand things much. The interior, however, is very attractive. Cost of Ownership: Gas milage is about 24-25 city, 29-30 highway. Fun Factor: this car is oodles of fun. Curving on-ramps become a challange, and even without the turbo this car will push you back in your seat. Some rough specs are 0-60 in 8.7 seconds, 0-100 in 24.9, top speed 126mph. The low profile and mid engine allow for admirable skid pads. Be cautioned that 91's and 92's are a bit prone to oversteer.

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1993 Toyota MR2 Reviews

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1992 Toyota MR2 Reviews

Great 2 Seater Sports Car By Bryan

Amazing handling, with the N/A engine the performance is a bit lacking, but more than enough to have lots of fun. Great reliability, and an absolute blast to drive! If you know how to drive, and like... Read More

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