A very practical, reliable exotic car!
Driver side window switch broken.
This car is simply amazing! It is the perfect car for me. I love Toyotas as they are dead reliable. My other car is a Lexus LS400 and it has 200+k miles.
When I bought the car, my first question was "do I fit"? I am 6'7". The answer is... yes! With room to spare.
The next question was "Is it fun to drive?" The answer is ABSOLUTELY! I got in and turned the key and it sounded a little more raspy than your typical Toyota 4 cylinder. I put it into 1st (it's a manual) and let out the clutch. I was rewarded with quite a strong push from the 2.2Liter. This is not a fast car, but it is a quick car. This car sounds like a baby Ferrari F355 while going through the gears. The sound and feel are astounding!
Top speed is about 120-130mph (only did that once. I don't dog my cars but rather enjoy the machine as a whole). Getting to highway speeds is super fun.
One downside is that at 70mph the engine turns 3200-3400rpm. This is a bit high in my opinion but it still manages 30mpg!
Frankly, this is a poor man's exotic. The normally aspirated car won't win many races (0-60 in 8-8.5 sec), but it will keep you awake at night thinking about it. You will find reasons to drive it, and you will catch yourself just staring at it for long stretches at a time.
If you have to have the Alpha Toyota, get the MR2 Turbo or Supra Turbo (major $$$$).
Otherwise, get yourself a regular MR2 and let folks mistake you for a Ferrari owner.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd April, 2009