Road Tests Real world tests of MR2 Turbo vs Impreza WRX STI


On the test track, it managed to hit 60 mph in 5.6 seconds on the way to a 14.3-second quarter mile.
Impreza WRX STI | by MotorTrend (Jul, 2009)

Top speed

MR2 Turbo
145 mph
Impreza WRX STI
158 mph
MR2 Turbo Impreza WRX STI @
It trailed that primo WRX by a similar amount in every acceleration test, but the long-term car strangely had the highest top speed of the three, 145 mph.
Impreza WRX STI | by Car and Driver (Oct, 2002)

1/4 mile

MR2 Turbo
14.7 s
After taking it easy for the first 1000 or so miles, we took the STI to the track, where its initial performance was in line with the other STIs we’ve tested—60 mph arrived in 5.1 seconds and the quarter-mile in 13.6 at 102 mph.
Impreza WRX STI | by Car and Driver (Apr, 2008)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Toyota MR2 Turbo

Reasons to consider the
Toyota MR2 Turbo

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Lighter curb weight 2,824 lb vs 3,319 lb Around 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Side view of Subaru Impreza WRX STI

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Subaru Impreza WRX STI

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Faster to 60mph 5 s vs 6.2 s Around 20% faster to 60mph
Faster in the quarter mile 13.5 s vs 14.7 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
Faster top speed 158 mph vs 145 mph 13 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More torque 300 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM vs 224 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM Around 35% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More powerful engine 296 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 242 HP @ 6,000 RPM More than 20% stronger engine
More expensive sticker price $30k vs $18k More than 65% more expensive harder to own
Slightly bigger engine 2,457 cc vs 1,998 cc Around 25% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs


MR2 Turbo  vs
Impreza WRX STI 
Brand Toyota Subaru
Price 18,000 30,000
Year 1990-2000 2011
Highway mileage 26 MPG 23 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 11.67 lb/hp 11.21 lb/hp
Maximum hp 242 HP @ 6,000 RPM 296 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 224 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 300 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Displacement 1,998 cc 2,457 cc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,824 lb 3,319 lb
Width 66.9 in 70.7 in
Height 48.8 in 57.9 in
Length 163 in 180.3 in
Wheelbase 94.5 in 103.3 in

road tests

MR2 Turbo  vs
Impreza WRX STI 
Top speed 145 mph 158 mph
1/4 mile 14.7 s 13.5 s
0-60mph 6.2 s 5 s


Drivetrain Mid Engine / RWD 4WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 356/? 14 457/? 216
Rear wheels 356/? 14 457/? 216
Toyota MR2 Turbo
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Subaru Impreza WRX STI
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