“Winter is coming” isn’t something owners of the 2020 Toyota Supra 3.0 want to hear. Several vehicle reviewers who test-drove the Supra 3.0 over winter complained that it sits too low to traverse over snow-covered streets. While you don’t have to worry about outrunning the undead, there is nothing more embarrassing than having your low-sitting sports car teeter-tottering on its undercarriage.
But if you drive a Supra 3.0 in the winter during a snowstorm, there’s a chance you could be featured in someone’s “worst drivers” YouTube video — almost worse than being chased by winter-loving zombies.
The 2020 Toyota Supra 3.0 had a rough winter, according to Car and Driver
The lucky employees at Car and Driver are fortunate enough to get paid to test-drive “long term” vehicles of various kinds. By doing this, those who write the reviews are able to write vehicle reviews based on their personal experiences. This means their reviews should be a lot more in-depth than those written by critics who only drive the vehicles they review for a day or two.
With that said, the test drivers with Car and Driver were able to zero in on one particular annoyance with the 2020 Toyota Supra 3.0: winter driving can be a drag in more ways than one.
Staff editor Colin Beresford pointed out that while he still loves the car, anyone contemplating purchasing it as their sole means of conveyance should know the Toyota Supra 3.0 isn’t the best choice for those living in areas that get heavy snow during the winter.
“I only got stuck three times, which I’m considering a win,” Beresford added.
Since getting stuck in the snow is never a win, we’re terrified to find out what constitutes a “loss.” But getting stuck in the snow shouldn’t be your only concern. Readers who reside in a state where there is heavy snow during the winter months are likely aware that mounds of snow created by snowplows can turn into a pile of hard ice.
This has the potential of damaging certain low-hanging components under the car. That would definitely be a loss, and not in the figurative sense either.
Other low-riding high-performance cars handle snow a lot better
According to the author, Car and Driver equipped the test model Toyota Supra 3.0 with a full set of “. . . rare and expensive Pirelli Sottozero Serie II tires specifically designed for sports-car use.”
The front tires were engineered for the Lamborghini Aventador while the rear set was intended for the Aston Martin DB9. That’s nearly $2,400 worth of rubber. But what good are fancy-pants tires when the snow gets packed underneath the car, and you have to dig it out of snow?
You had better include a snow shovel as a part of your winter season travel kit.
However, though one might assume many low-sitting sports cars have similar issues in snowy weather, Car and Driver clarified that the Chevy Corvette, Porsche Boxster, Mazda MX-5 Miata, and Ford Mustang never gave the test drivers the same problems in the snow. It should be noted, nonetheless, those cars were lucky enough to be fitted with snow tires, rather than the Pirelli all-season tires.
What to expect if you’re interested in buying a 2020 Toyota Supra 3.0
We should clarify something about the type of tires Car and Driver used with the Supra 3.0. An article published by Bridgestone states that “All-season tires offer versatile performance and are designed to perform in a variety of conditions including wet roads and light winter driving…an all-season tire is not designed to handle extreme winter conditions like trekking through snow or driving on ice.”
Considering test drivers reported having to dig the car out of snow might suggest they weren’t doing light winter driving.
As for what you can expect from the 2020 Supra 3.0, we can’t mention everything. Nonetheless, the Supra has a long reputation among the street racing scene as being a beast.
Supras have been known to beat 1,000 cc sports bikes in some cases. With that said, the 2020 model is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbo I-6 with 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, it gets awesome fuel economy for a performance machine — 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
The 2020 Toyota Supra 3.0 has a starting price of $49,990, according to Toyota. But for $55,250, you can test your snow driving skills in the special Launch Edition Supra 3.0. Just don’t forget your snow tires or a shovel.