When the Toyota Supra debuted for the 2020 model year, it arrived with some mixed reviews from car reviewers and consumers alike. But while everyone complained that it was a BMW in Toyota clothing, there were still early adopters that went down to their local dealers and bought one.
In fact, according to carsalesbase, a little over 2,000 Supras were sold in 2019 and more were sold earlier this year. That’s too bad because Toyota just recently released the 2021 Supra, which is way better than the 2020 model. So in case you bought one, or are maybe planning to, here are five reasons why it was not, and will not be a good idea.
The 2021 Supra is more powerful
The 2020 Toyota Supra has a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine that produces 335 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque. Those are some pretty stout numbers, however, the new 2021 model was tweaked to produce even more.
The 2021 Supra is rated at 383 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque, which is 48 more horses and 3 more lb-ft than the 2020 model. That might not sound like a lot to the current 2020 Supra owners that are in denial.
However, take into consideration the real horsepower figures that Car and Driver found when they put a 2020 and a 2021 Supra back-to-back on a dyno:
The 2021 model handles better
In addition more power under the hood, Toyota also made some changes and addition to how the Supra handles the new model year. They retuned the dampers and updated the electric power steering system, as well as the adaptive suspension, rear differential, and stability control.
On top of that, they added a pair of strut tower braces for added rigidity. To add insult to injury, on the 2020 model, if you lift up the hood you can see indents as to where those tower braces would go, but in the 2021 model, they actually exist. Ouch!
If you own a 2020 Supra, you could take a loss
This one is a no-brainer, but if you actually own a 2020 Supra and are planning to trade it in after you get over your buyer’s remorse, you could take a huge hit on the residual value. In that case, it might not be worth it.
Of course, Toyota would love it if you traded your old, dusty 2020 model for the new version because then they can sell it as a certified pre-owned model. Our advice is to wipe your tears away and focus on modifying the car in the future.
There’s a turbocharged four-cylinder model
Also new for 2021 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged version of the Supra that puts out a 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This diet version of the Supra is a little slower, but it can still get to 60 mph in about five seconds, is likely more fuel-efficient, and it’s more affordable.
If you don’t own a 2020 Supra, then this one could be a good option for you. If you do own one, then you kind of missed out if you were looking to save more money.
The 2021 model has more technology
For the new model year, Toyota rolled out a new Safety and Technology Package for the Supra. The package will include parking sensors, navigation, dynamic cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, and a 12-speaker premium audio system.
If that wasn’t enough, the touchscreen was also upgraded to a larger 8.8-inch system in place of the smaller 6.5-inch one.
All is not lost
Whether you plan on buying a Supra or were unlucky enough to have already bought a 2020 model, all is not lost.
Current Supra owners can still look into modifying their cars to get more power and better handling out of it, possibly making it even better than the 2021 model. And prospective buyers can just buy the 2021 model, or perhaps buy a certified pre-owned 2020 model and then modify it.