Love it or hate it, the all-new Toyota Supra is back in the market. Sure, it might not give you the same arm-tingling sensation that the last iteration did, which died out over 20 years ago. But this new Supra is sure to satisfy your spirited driving needs, regardless of what you might think of it.
We spent a week with the 2021 Toyota Supra 2.0 and although it did thoroughly impress us with its potent engine and athletic prowess, we found five key areas that could be deal-breakers if you plan to buy one. And while some of these features might seem trivial, keep in mind that the Supra 2.0 is priced at $43,000 to start and up to $47,000 with the optional package.
The Supra 2.0 doesn’t come with power seats
One of the first things that we noticed when we first sat in the Toyota Supra’s driver’s seat is that it is not power-adjustable. This might not seem like a huge issue, considering you typically only have to set it and forget it. But if you have more than one person driving the car in your household, it could quickly become a pain.
Also, not only are the two seats manually adjustable, but they’re also kind of a pain to adjust as they require pulling three different levers to set the seat to where you want it. If you really can’t live without power-adjustable seats, then you’ll have to opt for the Toyota Supra 3.0 instead.
It has a BMW engine
If you’re a Toyota Supra purist, or a general car enthusiast, then you probably already know that the all-new Supra comes with a BMW-sourced engine. According to Automobile, the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is shared with the BMW Z4 sDrive30i and produces 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
It’s a great engine, however, some enthusiasts think that it’s blasphemy that anything from BMW could make its way into a Toyota. So if that bothers you, too, then you might want to stay away altogether, or perhaps, buy a BMW Z4.
The Supra does not come with a manual transmission
BMW engine aside, another deal-breaker when it comes to buying a 2021 Toyota Supra 2.0 is the lack of a manual transmission. Again, many enthusiasts want to “save the manuals,” but Toyota didn’t seem to care when creating the new Supra.
Instead, every Supra comes with a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. Love it or hate it, we found that the transmission shifts quickly and smoothly, and honestly, we don’t mind it. But if you want to shift your own gears, then you might want to look elsewhere.
You’ll need to upgrade to get heated seats
This one might not be a deal-breaker for most people. But for those that live in an area where the winter temps drop below freezing during the wintertime, heated seats are a Godsend. The only problem is that the Supra 2.0 doesn’t come with them. You’ll have to upgrade to the Supra 3.0 Premium to get them.
It’s not meant for tall occupants
Lastly, if you’re about six feet tall or taller, then you might have an issue fitting in the Toyota Supra. Fortunately, once you’re sitting in it, there’s a decent amount of headroom.
However, one of our 5-foot, 8-inch writers ended up hitting his head on the roof whenever he got in and out of the car. If you love driving, this could be a non-issue. But if you’re taller and love driving, then you might need to opt for a bigger car as the Toyota Supra is not exactly a one-size-fits-all type of car.