Flashback Friday: ’86 Toyota MR2

From Car and Driver Archives: Toyota MR2

The showers of kudos for Toyota’s mid-engined two-seater began as soon as it burst from its wrapping paper, back in February 1985. The MR2 earned rave reviews from the press for its finely balanced handling, its superb five-speed gearbox, and its jewel-like twin-cam, sixteen-valve, four-cylinder engine. We at C/D unanimously voted the MR2 onto our first available “Ten Best Cars” list this year, and we also singled out its gearbox and its ergonomic layout as the best in the industry…

…The MR2 gave us a year of pure driving enjoyment. It unraveled countless twisty roads, embarked on dozens of long treks, ran hundreds of errands, and never gave us one moment of difficulty.

 

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