2020 Toyota Supra vs. 2020 Chevrolet Camaro

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Supra has a standard Pre-Collision System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Camaro offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

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 Camaro doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Supra’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Camaro doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Supra offers optional Intuitive Parking Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Camaro doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Supra’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Camaro doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Supra and the Camaro 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Supra’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Camaro’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

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. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Camaro.

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Supra has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Camaro.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked fourth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 23rd.

Engine

The Supra’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 60 more horsepower (335 vs. 275) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 295) than the Camaro’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Supra’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 284) than the Camaro’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

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

Supra

Camaro V6

Camaro LT1/SS

Zero to 60 MPH

3.8 sec

5.2 sec

4.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.5 sec

12.5 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

13.8 sec

12.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113 MPH

104 MPH

113 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Supra gets better fuel mileage than the Camaro LT1/SS Auto (24 city/31 hwy vs. 16 city/27 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 Camaro doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

The Toyota Supra comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Camaro.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Supra

Camaro

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

The Supra’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Camaro LS/LT are solid, not vented.

The Supra stops much shorter than the Camaro:

Supra

Camaro

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Supra has larger tires than the Camaro (F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. 245/50R18).

The Supra’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camaro’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Supra has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Camaro.

Suspension and Handling

The Supra’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Camaro’s (51.9% to 48.1%). This gives the Supra more stable handling and braking.

The Supra 3.0 Premium handles at 1.07 G’s, while the Camaro RS Coupe pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Supra’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Supra’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Camaro ZL1’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The Supra is 1 foot, 3.8 inches shorter than the Camaro, making the Supra easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Supra has standard flush composite headlights. The Camaro has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Supra 3.0 Premium is quieter than the Camaro SS Coupe:

Supra

Camaro

At idle

44 dB

55 dB

Full-Throttle

85 dB

94 dB

Cargo Capacity

The Supra has a much larger trunk than the Camaro Coupe (10.2 vs. 9.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Supra’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Camaro’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Supra the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Camaro can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Camaro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Supra detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Camaro doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Supra’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet charges extra for heated mirrors on the Camaro.

The Supra has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Camaro.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Supra offers an optional Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Camaro doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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