70/30 City/highway. Still within first 5000km, expect it to get better
Duration of car driven:
This is seriously the most fun car I've ever owned. I've dreamt a long time about having an MR-S and finally took delivery of one just over a month ago...I'm still loving every minute of driving it.
The car is truly a driver's car because of the sequential manual transmission-it requires constant input from you as you switch through the gears to get the most out of the car. Sprint down the straights in 5th (and 6th!!), and change it down to 4 and 3 as you fling it into corners...never fails to bring a grin to my face. To have the engine roaring away behind you as you pile on the revs is also an experience itself, although it does get loud past 4000rpm.
I'm almost always the first away at traffic lights, due to the fact that this car is about 350kg lighter than most others, despite the fact that its a stock 1.8l Corolla engine, and the handling of the car allows you to point and scoot. Only problem is, this car probably makes me a more aggressive driver than I need to be, simply because I have power on tap.
Still loving every minute of driving it...so much so that it makes going to work in the mornings FUN!
Good looks, zippy engine, FUN factor due to sequential manual transmission, fuel economy, Toyota reliability
Miniscule cargo space
Selfish car-no passenger space
Fun to drive, good
to see... a definite
Reviewed on 17 Jul 2005 3:46PM
Reviewed by: akira
Car reviews written (8)
Similar cars tried:
Honda prelude, Integra Type R, Civic Type R, Celica SS1
Duration of car driven:
Test Drove Once Only
I'm a sucker for a nice looking interior, so the MRS was pleasing to me, as it has one. Similar to the Celica, the plastic-ky dash is carried over. The finishing may not be top notch, but there is a good feel from the cockpit like spacing of dials and steering wheel. The recaro-like seats provide excellent seat support.
When I first stepped into the car, what alarmed me was, the sitting position felt so low, i could have sworn my feet must be scrapping the ground!
Any notion that the 1.8l engine was quieter than the Celica's one faded away as soon as I piled on the accelerator. It's just as torquey, but noisy and rough when i got beyond 4000rpm.
In terms of looks, the MRS's got it, and seems to shout, "Get it, babe" :p . This is despite the misnomer for those who read it as "Mrs", it's defintely not for the wife :p. You would look more comfortable at the parking lot of a crowded club, or crawling slowly along Mohd Sultan to see if u can get a pick-up :P:P:P
Haha, only hot young eligible men need apply ;)
the MRS shares with the Celica
- Hot looks
- Good interior feel
- Rear wheel drive feels fun
- Torquey engine
- No space (at all!) for grocery shopping
- No space if u need to fetch 'girlfriends' :p