2020 Toyota Supra vs. 2019 Lexus RC F

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Supra offers optional Emergency Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The RC F doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Supra and the RC F have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Supra for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the RC F.

There are over 5 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Supra’s warranty.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Supra is faster than the Lexus RC F:

Supra

RC F

Zero to 30 MPH

1.5 sec

1.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.8 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.2 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.5 sec

9.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.6 sec

4.7 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.5 sec

3.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.8 sec

3.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Supra gets better fuel mileage than the RC F (24 city/31 hwy vs. 16 city/25 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Supra’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The RC F doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

The Supra’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The RC F doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

The Supra stops shorter than the RC F:

Supra

RC F

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

154 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Supra is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the RC F.

The Supra’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the RC F’s (55% to 45%). This gives the Supra more stable handling and braking.

The Supra 3.0 Premium handles at 1.07 G’s, while the RC F pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The Toyota Supra may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 pounds less than the Lexus RC F.

The Supra is 1 foot shorter than the RC F, making the Supra easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Supra has .5 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front hip room and 3.7 inches more front shoulder room than the RC F.

Ergonomics

The Supra 3.0 Premium/Launch Edition has a standard heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The RC F doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Supra’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The RC F’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Supra’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The RC F’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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