Mid-engined cars said to be the best handling cars. Throughout the 70s and 80s many mid-engine cars were brought to market by automakers around the world. The Toyota MR2 ("Mid-engined Runabout 2-seater") came to market against the Pontiac Fiero in 1984. Both cars took their inspiration from the Fiat X1/9, Lotus Europa and more exotic mid-engine models from Ferrari and Maserati. Toyota MR2 parts, while not as exciting were much more reliable. A second generation came out in 1990 and featured much softer curves compared to the angular folded-paper look of the first generation. Both models featured a liftoff targa-style roof and small but powerful four cylinder engines. Several years later, the model came back as the MR2 Spyder, which was still mid-engine in design but was now a full convertible.