2019 Alfa Romeo 4C vs. 2020 Toyota Supra

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To maximize occupant safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Alfa Romeo 4C have pretensioners to eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Toyota Supra doesn’t offer pretensioners.

Both the 4C and the Supra have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

The 4C comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Supra’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 4C gets better fuel mileage than the Supra (24 city/34 hwy vs. 24 city/31 hwy).

The 4C has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Supra doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The 4C offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Supra doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The 4C stops shorter than the Supra:

4C

Supra

70 to 0 MPH

144 feet

147 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the 4C is 1.7 inches wider in the front and .5 inches wider in the rear than on the Supra.

Chassis

The Alfa Romeo 4C may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 900 pounds less than the Toyota Supra.

The 4C is 1 foot, 3.5 inches shorter than the Supra, making the 4C easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Recommendations

The 4C was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The Supra has never been an “All Star.”

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