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The 2022 Toyota Supra had a controversial start. Frankly, how could it not? The new model was tasked with replacing arguably the most iconic Japanese sports car ever produced. Now, Toyota has managed to turn things around and produce a sports car worthy of the name. However, that doesn’t mean all Supras are created equal.

Some trim levels simply aren’t worth your time, and others are too expensive. Now, it’s time to find the goldilocks Supra trim.

The Supra 2.0 just isn’t worth your money

A yellow 2022 Toyota Supra 2.0 shot from the 3/4 angle on a racetrack
The 2022 Toyota Supra 2.0 | Toyota

We’ll start with the 2022 Toyota Supra 2.0. The 2.0 stands for two-liter, as in that’s how much engine you get. The new Supra recently added a turbocharged four-cylinder option to the lineup. This did bring the model’s starting price down a little bit to $44,215, but not for a worthy cause.

Frankly, it’s just not enough car for $44,000. The 2.0 Supra lacks a certain… “Supra-ness” with the four-pot. You’re also missing out on the nicer wheels that could be seen on the Supra at launch. Of course, given the lack of power, you’re also stuck with smaller brakes for the 255 hp four-cylinder.

The 2022 Toyota Supra 3.0 Premium is too much for not enough

A white Toyota Supra 3.0 Premium shot on a racetrack from the high 3/4 angle
The Supra 3.0 Premium trim | Toyota

Thankfully, all that can be remedied by swinging the opposite direction and spending way more money than is needed on the 2022 Toyota Supra 3.0 Premium trim. This is the cream of the crop, brother. Fitting of the top-tier Supra, power gets bumped up to 382 hp in the Premium. However, note that number doesn’t change from the middling 3.0 trim. Really what you’re spending your $54,690 on here is aesthetics and safety, like Toyota’s Driver Assist Package with adaptive cruise.

As nice as all that is, the middling 3.0 trim is the way to go. Japanese sports cars are supposed to be a bargain, and the 3.0 Premium is anything but. The Chevrolet Camaro delivers a much more complete experience for nigh-on $55,000. The 3.0 still nets you the larger wheels, better six-cylinder engine, and larger brakes compared to the 2.0 Supra. However, there’s still something missing.

Will the new Supra get a manual transmission?

The interior of the new Toyota Supra
The new Supra lacks a stick shift | Hector Retamal via Getty Images

As SavageGeese points out in their review, the 2022 Toyota Supra is a six-speed manual transmission short of being an incredible sports car. Oh, and fix the buffeting issue Toyota. No one should have to listen to the wind beating their ears like a drum above 55 mph. Should Toyota elect to change those things, there’s no reason to spend the extra cash on a BMW M2. The Supra is 99% of the way there for $51,000 with the 3.0 trim. Now take that manual from BMW and get it strapped in.


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