2020 Toyota Supra
Toyota stopped producing the Supra in 1999 due to Japanese government regulations. However, it came back with a bang in 2020, launched almost after a twenty-one-year wait. The 2020 model was designed through a collaboration between BMW and Toyota Gazoo Racing.
The Supra is powered by an inline six-cylinder engine that every enthusiast thinks is well-suited to the vehicle. It is available in three different trims, 3.0, 3.0 Premium, and Launch Edition.
The 2020 Supra takes a few design cues from the fourth-generation Supra, but it is mainly based on the FT-1 Concept unveiled in 2014. The proportions of the Supra comprise a long hood with the cabin set more towards the back of the vehicle, broad haunches in the rear, and a short rear end with a spoiler that stands out. Round shapes and neat creases cover the entire body of the coupe hatchback.
The Supra distances itself from the FT-1, which features an open-wheel design from the front. The Supra wears a low front grille that reminds us of a horse collar. There are multiple scoops and ducts upfront and on the sides of the hood. They are a much-needed addition to keep the six-cylinder engine cool, but they also add to the vehicle's sportiness. You cannot help but notice the Hexa-lens headlamps, which contain three lenses for low beam, three for high beam, and LED DRLs.
Curved lines are running smoothly over the vehicle. They run from the hood to the roof and down along the fenders and doors. A noticeable character line starts below the front fender and swoops up and out to form the flared rear fender over the wheel.
The roof comes down rather abruptly towards the rear, making the rear windows more tear-drop shaped. Faster than it came down, it takes a sweep upwards to meet the built-in spoiler, which reminds us of the fourth-generation Supra.
Looking at the vehicle from the dead rear, the tail lights seem to come out of the air ducts. There is a central light panel that matches the front grille. Multiple swoops and curves make the rear end look quite busy.
The overall design of the vehicle is a sure head-turner. It demands attention as soon as you look at it, whether you love it or hate it later.
Step inside, and you notice a much more toned-down cabin. The flat-out dashboard angles the center stack of controls more towards the driver. The seats are very well bolstered, offer a lot of support, and carry on the sporty theme. Many feel that the cabin reminds them of a BMW, which is true because it borrows many technologies from the German luxury car manufacturer.
The central infotainment screen sits at the center of the dashboard. It can be a 6.5" or an 8.8" depending on the trim level and is controlled by BMW's signature iDrive rotary controller. The instrument cluster is digital and provides vital information about the vehicle to the driver.
The best year Toyota Supra shares the structure of the BMW Z4. The double-joint strut suspension, adaptive dampers with variable settings, and five-link rear suspension come from the Z4's undercarriage. The front and rear wheels sit only 97.2 inches apart.
When coupled with Supra's low center of gravity, these technologies make the vehicle incredibly agile and responsive. It has excellent road grip, can speed in and out of corners, and can change directions in the blink of an eye.
However, the Supra struggles when taking at-the-limit corners due to the relatively small wheelbase. But this is both a curse and a blessing. Those who learn how to handle it take it as a challenge every time. It is thrilling to mess around with the throttle and braking during a corner. But those new to the car can find the corner handling quite unpredictable.
Overall, apart from the fidgety cornering abilities, the vehicle is excellent for autocross racing. But low-experienced drivers should not turn off the stability control until they have got the hang of the car.
All variants of the 2020 Supra are powered by a turbocharged BMW 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine, which produces 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet torque. The engine is coupled with an eight-speed transmission that matches the engine's power and delivers smooth and lightning-quick shifts. Power is always available thanks to the twin-turbo producing maximum torque at only 1,600 rpm.
As per Toyota's claims, the Supra achieves 0-60 in just 4.1 seconds. However, Car and Driver experts have achieved it in 3.8 seconds. The quarter-mile comes in 12.3 seconds at a speed of 113 mph. The maximum speed of the Supra is electronically limited at 155 mph.
The Supra feels stable and comfortable on the local streets and highways. With the adaptive dampers in Comfort mode, the suspension absorbs road unevenness much better than what you would expect from such a low and small sports car.
Inside the cabin, the 2020 Supra feels premium, more like a BMW because it uses many components from the German automaker. It is comfortable and features hugging seats and a more driver-oriented layout. One significant feature that the Supra lacks is a rear seat.
Get in the seat, and you find yourself well supported throughout your enthusiastic driving adventure. The seats are 14-way adjustable, which gives you the freedom to choose your favorite driving position. There is ample legroom for average height people, but those over six feet (6'3" specifically) might ask for more.
All controls are easily accessible from the driver's position. The base variant houses a 6.5-inch infotainment system controlled by the iDrive rotary knob. Move up to the Premium or Launch Edition trims, and the screen grows to 8.8 inches and features touchscreen operation in addition to iDrive. Irrespective of the trim level, the driver gets vital vehicle information from the 8.8-inch widescreen in the gauge cluster area.
The cargo space is also quite limited, but you have room for some longer items with the pass-through design. But you cannot expect to fit in a pair of skis, for example, unless you don't mind them resting on the dashboard. The total volume for cargo is around 10.2 cubes, which is similar to other small cars.
Overall, the interior feels premium and well-built. On most variants, Toyota has opted for a black interior. But the Red and White Launch Edition modes get red seats. The interior is covered with multiple soft-touch surfaces and carbon fiber. The car delivers the quality that you would expect from its price tag.
Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has rated the 2020 Toyota Supra due to its low availability and high price tag. However, the vehicle is equipped with many modern safety features that you will expect from a sports car.
The following features are standard on the 2020 Supra:
- Eight airbags, including frontal, side-impact, overhead, and knee airbags. The Supra is a two-seat vehicle, and the presence of abundant airbags in the cabin shows Toyota's concern for safety.
- Forward collision warning with emergency braking detects any obstacle in the vehicle's path. The system can trigger hard braking to stop the car before it makes contact with the obstacle.
- Active lane control can sense the white and yellow lines on the road. If the vehicle is veering off to the edge of the lane, the system can make minor corrections to the steering to maintain the correct line.
- Electronic Stability Control comes with three settings, On, Sport, and Off. The driver can tune the stability control to handle it differently when running on tracks. The stability control kicks in a little late when the vehicle is sliding with the Sport position. At the Off position, stability is all at the driver's discretion. We, however, recommend keeping the stability control On at all times.
The following features come with the optional Driver Assistance Package on the Supra:
- Front and rear parking sensors help the driver park the car by sending out an alert when any object closes in towards the front or rear of the vehicle.
- Blind-spot monitors alert the driver of any vehicle in the Supra's blind spot when changing lanes.
- A rear traffic cross alert lets the driver know if any vehicle is approaching to cross from behind the Supra when backing up.
- Adaptive Cruise Control slows down the Supra to match the vehicle's speed ahead when it is running on cruise control. Once the road ahead clears up, the system takes the Supra back to the speed set by the driver.
The 2020 Supra is available in three trims, 3.0, 3.0 Premium, and Special Launch Edition. Considering it is a performance-oriented sports car, it comes well-equipped with features that are not too sophisticated. The lineup is kept simple and yet is more equipped than many rivals.
The basic variant is equipped with the following features:
- Keyless entry and ignition
- 6.5-inch infotainment system with a 10-speaker, 205-watt audio system, satellite radio, and Bluetooth connectivity
- 8.8-inch screen to replace the traditional gauges in the cluster
- Automatic dual-zone climate control
- 14-way power-adjustable seats, and driver seat with positioning memory
- Automatic Six-lens headlights
- 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
The next in line variant, the 3.0 Premium, adds the following features:
- 8.8-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system with 12-speaker, 500-watt JBL audio system
- A Wireless phone charging pad
- Wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity
- Supra Connect telematics
- Colored Heads-up Display
- Improved an upsized rear brakes
There are limited models of the Launch Edition trim, which is similar to the Premium trim but adds:
- Matte black alloy wheels
- Red Mirror Caps
- Red interior with carbon fiber trim on white and black versions
Among the options available is the Driver Assistance Package that adds front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and rear traffic cross alerts.
Fuel Economy Features
When was the last time you heard of a car hitting zero to sixty in around four seconds and delivering 31 miles per gallon on the highway? The 2020 Supra is one of those few cars that offer speed power and does not burn a hole in your wallet at the pump.
The best year Toyota Supra achieves EPA ratings of 24 mpg for city driving, 31 mpg on highways, and 26 mpg for combined driving. However, the twin-turbo engine requires premium gasoline.
Price Range of 2020 Toyota Supra
The prices of 2020 Supra start just below $50,000 and can go upwards of $65,000 for the limited Launch Edition. The prices vary according to trim level, location, options installed, mileage, and vehicle condition. Since the Supra is a customizable sports car, any owner who has made considerable performance changes to the vehicle might end up asking for a higher price.
Reliability of 2020 Toyota Supra
J.D Power awards the 2020 Supra with a score of four out of five for reliability. The Supra is considered "Better than Most," which means its dependability is higher than most other vehicles running on the road.
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