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2021 Toyota Supra

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/10/2020 Motor Trend Staff

Pros

  • Newly improved cornering stability
  • Rockstar attention-getter
  • More powerful V-6 than last year's model

Cons

  • Polarizing design
  • Last-gen BMW interior details
  • Ride quality on the stiffer side

Toyota reintroduced the Supra name for the 2020 model year as a collaboration with BMW. The fifth-gen Supra shares its platform and available powertrains with the BMW Z4 convertible and sees significant updates for 2021, only its second year on the market. Positioned as the big sibling to Toyota's 86 coupe, the Supra competes against sports cars including the Porsche 718 Cayman, BMW M2, Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, Ford Mustang GT, and Chevrolet Camaro SS.

What's New

  • New Supra 2.0-liter four-cylinder model
  • 8-inch infotainment display now standard
  • Additional power for Supra 3.0
  • Limited-Run A91 Edition

What We Think

What held the 2020 Supra back in our Car of the Year and Best Driver's Car competitions was its lack of stability over uneven pavement. It required constant corrections for unpredictable body movements at the rear end and failed to inspire confidence the way great sports cars do. Evidently, Toyota heard our criticism.

The 2021 Supra is a more planted, more stable, more satisfying sports car to drive thanks to revised chassis tuning for this year. The car now drives well enough to deserve the amount of attention it draws and the way it inspires folks to reach for their camera phones. The sonorous inline-six model also gets a healthy power boost, and the new Supra four-cylinder offers a lighter, more direct driving experience at a more affordable price point, but without the charm of the six-cylinder engine's pops and crackles, and it doesn't ride as smoothly.

Not everyone will love the Supra's design; it's a little busy. Also, even though all models now include the larger infotainment screen, the system is clearly a last-gen version of BMW's iDrive. Both Supras ride a little stiffer than we'd like, but not so much to detract from the driving experience. The Supra is an exciting modern sports car and, for 2021, it's even more worthy of the hype.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Buying a Supra now requires a choice between four- and six-cylinder engine options, both sourced from BMW. The new-for-2021 Supra 2.0 is motivated by a 2.0-liter turbo-four developing 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed through an eight-speed automatic to the rear wheels and according to Toyota's estimate, it'll reach 60 in 5.0 seconds.

As far as the six-cylinder Supra, power is sourced from a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six. Power is up 47 horses over the 2020 model, and specs come to 382 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. Like the 2.0, the engine is mated to an eight-speed auto transmitting power to the rear wheels. Toyota claims the more powerful Supra will rush from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, but that number seems conservative given the 3.9-second run we achieved in last year's less powerful model.

Six-cylinder Supras are EPA-rated at 22/30 mpg city/highway for 2021. Toyota hasn't released efficiency numbers for the Supra 2.0 but we estimate it will return 24/32 mpg, right in line with the BMW Z4 sDrive30i which uses the same engine, transmission, and chassis.

Safety

The Safety and Technology package includes multiple driver-assist active safety features. It includes stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors with emergency braking.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The Supra has seating for two with 42.2 inches of legroom. Cargo capacity for the rear hatch measures 10.2 cubic feet which is 3-4 cubic feet fewer than the 718 Cayman, M2, and Mustang.

Technology

The 2020 Supra's base 6.5-inch infotainment display has been discontinued for 2021; all models are now fitted with the 8.8-inch touchscreen. A new Safety and Technology package adds integrated navigation, 12-speaker JBL premium audio, and wireless Apple CarPlay support, along with the aforementioned driver-assist features.

Key Competitors:

  • Porsche 718 Cayman
  • BMW M2
  • Ford Mustang
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata RF


Gallery: 2021 Toyota Supra 3.0 Premium (motor1)

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