2019 Chevrolet Corvette vs. 2020 Toyota Supra

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To maximize occupant safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Corvette 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 Corvette and the Supra have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Supra’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 2 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Corvette’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 120 more horsepower (455 vs. 335) and 95 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 365) than the Supra’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The Corvette Z51’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 125 more horsepower (460 vs. 335) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (465 vs. 365) than the Supra’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 315 more horsepower (650 vs. 335) and 285 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 365) than the Supra’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The Corvette ZR1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 420 more horsepower (755 vs. 335) and 350 lbs.-ft. more torque (715 vs. 365) than the Supra’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Corvette Z06 is faster than the Toyota Supra (automatics tested):

Corvette

Supra

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

4.7 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.8 sec

9.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.2 sec

4.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

1.7 sec

2.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.2 sec

2.8 sec

Quarter Mile

11.1 sec

12.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

127 MPH

113 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette (except ZR1)’s fuel efficiency. The Supra doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Corvette has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Supra (18.5 vs. 13.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Corvette 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 Corvette offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Supra doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Corvette ZR1’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Supra:

Corvette ZR1

Supra

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

15.3 inches

13 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

The Corvette Z06/Grand Sport offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Supra doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Corvette stops much shorter than the Supra:

Corvette

Supra

70 to 0 MPH

127 feet

147 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Corvette Z06/Grand Sport/ZR1’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Supra (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19).

The Corvette’s standard 285/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Supra’s standard 35 series tires. The Corvette Z06/Grand Sport/ZR1’s 285/30R19 front and 335/25R20 rear tires have a lower 30 series front and 25 series rear profile than the Supra’s 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette has standard 20-inch rear wheels. Only 19-inch wheels are available on the Supra.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Corvette can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Supra doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corvette’s wheelbase is 9.5 inches longer than on the Supra (106.7 inches vs. 97.2 inches).

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.19 G’s, while the Supra 3.0 Premium pulls only 1.07 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Corvette Stingray Coupe is quieter than the Supra 3.0 Premium (71 vs. 73 dB).

Passenger Space

The Corvette has .8 inches more front legroom and .8 inches more front shoulder room than the Supra.

Cargo Capacity

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Supra (15 vs. 10.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Corvette’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Supra does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Corvette has standard extendable sun visors. The Supra doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Corvette’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Supra’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Corvette keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Supra doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Corvette’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Supra’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Model Availability

The Chevrolet Corvette comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Toyota Supra isn’t available as a convertible.

Recommendations

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 15 of the last 22 years. The Supra has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The Supra has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Corvette as the 2014 North American Car of the Year. The Supra has never been chosen.

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