The Toyota Supra has been a sought-after car from its conception to the coveted fourth generation of the late 1990s. Its long absence and reintroduction a few years ago shifted attention back to Toyota’s halo. Now in its fifth generation, the 2022 Supra is an exciting iteration — except for one problem.
The 2022 Toyota Supra at a glance
The new Toyota Supra sports a sleek design reminiscent of past generations. Notably, it shares a platform with the BMW Z4, along with some design and interior aspects, Car and Driver reports.
C/D applauds the 2022 Supra’s reasonably accommodating cabin with a premium feel thanks to some Z4 parts. And cargo space under the hatchback also isn’t bad for a performance car.
As for technology and media, there’s an 8.8-inch display screen and digital gauges on the instrument panel.
The 2022 Supra also comes standard with automated emergency braking and automatic high beams.
In terms of extras, optional full-screen Apple CarPlay comes with a JBL stereo system. The Driver Assist Package adds driver-safety-related tech like lane assist and blind-spot monitoring.
Toyota also recently announced a limited-production Supra trim, the A91-CF (the “CF” stands for “carbon fiber“), The automaker will produce only 600 of these models, offering three exterior color choices — Absolute Zero White, Phantom, and Nitro Yellow — with red and black interiors. The A91-CF has a carbon fiber body kit and rear spoiler, as well as 19-inch matte black rims.
The 2022 Toyota Supra powertrain
Sharing a powertrain with the BMW Z4, the 2022 Toyota Supra packs a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 255 hp. An optional 3.0-liter inline-six boosts the power to 382 hp.
In addition, all 2022 Supra models have an eight-speed automatic transmission. That’s right — there’s no option for a manual transmission, even with the 3.0-liter six-cylinder. A high-performance car lacking a manual transmission is definitely disappointing. Car and Driver regards the omission as one of the model’s low points, along with its poor rear outward visibility and difficult entry and egress.
But those low points didn’t stop C/D from giving the 2022 Toyota Supra a perfect 10/10 overall rating.
High points of the 2022 model
During C/D’s testing, the 2022 Toyota Supra zoomed from 0 to 60 mph in a speedy 4.7 seconds. The steering felt direct and even, and the well-balanced suspension wasn’t too stiff, Car and Driver says.
And for a sports car, the Supra gets decent gas mileage. The standard engine is EPA-rated for 25 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway, while the optional 3.0-liter engine gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Impressively, Car and Driver notes that on its 75 mph highway test route, the standard Supra’s 2.0-liter engine actually achieved even better fuel economy than listed, getting 38 mpg. The 3.0-liter also exceeded its EPA rating, earning 34 mpg.
Most drivers will likely be fine with the new Supra’s eight-speed automatic transmission. After all, it’s a growing trend among automakers. However, Car and Driver mentions rumors that Toyota might offer a manual transmission option later in the production run, which would please Supra enthusiasts.
But overall the 2022 Toyota Supra stands firmly on its own despite its design and powertrain links to the BMW Z4. The Supra is sporty and fun to drive, delivering the specs, options, and style fit for a brand halo. In fact, C/D says that “the rebooted Supra feels truly special and worthy of its historic name.”