Although the legendary Supra nameplate is not new, the 2020 Toyota Supra is the first to bear it in nearly two decades. For fans of the old Supra, this is an exciting year. The model is the new halo car of Toyota’s roster, slotting above the cheerful and affordable Toyota 86.
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2020 Toyota Supra Overview
Choosing Your Toyota Supra
Toyota offers two main trim choices for the Supra. The base model is the 3.0, while the 3.0 Premium includes a few more features. The first Supra models off the line are a special Launch Edition, which is limited to 1,500 units and based on the 3.0 Premium. Pricing starts at $50,945 for a 3.0 and ends at $56,205 for the Launch Edition.
Only one engine is on tap for the Supra, but it’s a beauty. Sourced from BMW, the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine produces 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque.
Power goes exclusively to the rear wheels by way of a snappy eight-speed automatic transmission. The car will do the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.1 seconds, and top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
For the performance, the Supra doesn’t fare too badly at the pump. It earns an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 26 combined.
A 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine is expected in the future, and a six-speed manual gearbox may join the lineup as well.
Passenger & Cargo Capacity
Although it bears a rough hatchback shape, the Supra isn't built for carrying capacity. It seats only two in its snug sport seats. Cargo volume is equally diminutive at 10.2 cubic feet. There's a pass-through for longer items, but don’t expect to use the Supra for ski vacations.
Toyota is known for strong safety tech, and the Supra benefits here. Automatic emergency braking is standard on all models, as is forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.
More advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors are optional on all trims in the Driver Assist Package for $1,195.
The Toyota Supra hasn’t been tested by the NHTSA or IIHS yet.
The Supra isn’t focused around infotainment, but it doesn’t compare poorly to the competition. The base model gets a 6.5-inch center display screen with Bluetooth and satellite radio.
Many drivers will want the upgraded 8.8-inch touchscreen that's standard on the 3.0 Premium trim complete with navigation and Apple CarPlay. Other standard fare on the Premium includes color head-up display, wireless charging, and a 12-speaker JBL surround-sound audio system.
To start the lineup, the Supra 3.0 is simple but not lacking. Importantly, it comes with almost all of the performance features, like an adaptive suspension, an active rear differential, and launch control.
Keyless entry and push-button start are standard, along with the 6.5-inch display, an 8.8-inch driver display, 14-way sport seats with driver’s side memory, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The wheels are 19-inch aluminum paired with Michelin rubber.
The upgraded JBL sound system is bundled with navigation for an extra $2,460.
The biggest upgrades to the Premium trim come in the infotainment system. Along with a larger 8.8-inch touchscreen, the 3.0 Premium gets navigation, Supra Connect telematics, Apple CarPlay compatibility, a color head-up display, the JBL sound system, and wireless charging. The lone performance upgrade is larger rear brakes.
Based on the 3.0 Premium, the Launch Edition is identical in terms of features. The price premium buys red mirror caps, unique matte-black wheels, and a dash plaque bearing Akio Toyoda’s signature along with your Launch Edition’s individual number out of 1,500. The Launch Edition comes in red, black, or white; white and black versions also get a red leather interior with carbon-fiber trim.
The 2020 Toyota Supra 3.0 has the same bones and almost all the performance goodies, but the price jump to the 3.0 Premium isn’t severe. Both are good value, but the infotainment upgrades in the Premium will be worth the price to many drivers.
2020 Toyota Supra Review
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- Excellent handling
- Powerful engine
- Well-equipped even in base form
- No manual transmission option
- Interior overly resembles the Z4
- Apple CarPlay costs extra
Another platform-sharing Toyota sports car. Like the Toyota 86, which generously shares most of its components with the Subaru BRZ, the 2020 Toyota Supra borrows much of its power and tech from the BMW Z4.
While this results in incredible performance that lives up to its iconic nameplate at a relatively low price, there's a fair amount of BMW that bubbles to the surface, leaving Supra traditionalists wondering if it’s worth the cost compared to its more exclusive rivals.
Too much BMW can be a bad thing. If there's one thing to note about the Toyota Supra’s design, it’s that it's bold. In a time where one over-the-top crease or curve can cause buyers to shun a car, Toyota had no fear in going a little heavy on the design.
Yes, it's a polarizing model, but so were previous iterations of the Supra, so this should come as no shock to buyers. Those who find the Supra too over the top will likely feel more comfortable in the F-Type.
One poorly kept secret has been the fact that BMW had a big role in the Supra becoming a reality, so we expected a little Z4 to come out in the Supra’s design. On the outside, Toyota did a great job disguising its BMW roots, but the cabin wasn’t quite as successful.
For the most part, Toyota pulled off the BMW cover-up with a simpler dash, a heavier focus on horizontal lines, and flip-flopping the direction the center console wraps around the gear shifter.
When you dig in deeper, you easily expose the BMW. One key example of this is its electronic gear shifter, but the most obvious is the BMW iDrive rotary knob. There's nothing wrong with the iDrive interface, but it'd be nice to see a more Toyota-like infotainment interface.
Performance for days, but too automated. One fear Supra fans had was that Toyota would deliver a dud in on-track performance. There's still that chance as we await the arrival of a standard four-cylinder engine, but the debut Supra’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine delivers 330 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, trumping the base F-Type P300 by 34 hp and the base Z4 30i by 80 hp.
This power routes through a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and out to the rear wheels for a peppy 4.1-second sprint to 60 mph. The sprint time comes up short by 0.4 seconds when compared to the base Corvette, but it tops the F-Type P300 and P340 by 1.3 seconds and 1.0 second, respectively.
Unfortunately, the only transmission option is an eight-speed automatic. Sure, this BMW-sourced transmission delivers crisp and clean shifts, but the traditionalist in us would love the added control of a manual.
The Supra is quite the agile beast, darting in and out of corners and shifting lanes with the best of them. And when you’re not tackling chicanes, you can swap the suspension to “Comfort” mode for a surprisingly compliant ride.
Be careful when pushing things in the Supra, though, as it tends to get a little hairy in at-the-limit cornering and wants to give you a little spin if you’re too aggressive with the brake or gas mid-corner.
Features galore, but skimps on connectivity. The Toyota Supra is a more value-oriented sports car next to the competition, but that doesn’t mean it’s void of standard features.
Its list of base equipment includes an 8.8-inch digital gauge cluster, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, SiriusXM, a 10-speaker audio system, 14-way power seats, LED headlights, 19-inch forged wheels, and more. Apple CarPlay is available, but it’s an option. Being a BMW-sourced infotainment system, the Supra won't offer Android Auto.
For its $50,945 base price, the Supra presents a great value considering its performance and features, but buyers seeking more luxury and tech may find better options.
The F-Type, for example, starts at $62,625 and comes standard with a 10-inch touchscreen, navigation, leather seating, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Corvette is also pricier at $58,990, but it separates itself from the Supra with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, and staggered 19- and 20-inch wheels.
Final thoughts. The 2020 Toyota Supra is, like all sports cars, a compromise. It delivers incredible performance at a relative value, but there are some trade-offs.
The biggest is that until the base four-cylinder model arrives, the Supra’s base price is about the same as the base BMW Z4 without nearly the level of luxury. Granted, the base Z4 is nowhere near the performer the Supra is, but buying a Toyota that's the same price as a BMW may be a tough pill to swallow.
Buyers who can look past that trade-off and see the big performance advantage of owning the Supra will find that pill goes down easily. Then again, once the four-cylinder Supra arrives, we expect the base price to fall and make this all a non-issue.
The other big issue is the Supra’s polarizing looks. Sure, it pulls some great design cues from the well-received Toyota FT-1 concept, but its overall look may be too over the top for a large percentage of buyers. These buyers may need to pony up a little more cash and pick up the more eye-friendly Corvette or F-Type.