2021 Toyota Supra vs. 2020 Lexus RC

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Safety

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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 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Supra and the RC 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

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Supra for 1 year and 15000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the RC (2/25000 vs. 1/10,000).

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.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Supra’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the RC’s camshafts. If the RC’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

Engine

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The Supra has more powerful engines than the RC:

Horsepower

Torque

Supra 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

255 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Supra 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

382 HP

368 lbs.-ft.

RC 300 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

241 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

RC 300 AWD 3.5 DOHC V6

260 HP

236 lbs.-ft.

RC 350 3.5 DOHC V6

311 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Supra 6 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the RC 350 RWD 8-speed Auto 3.5 V6 (311 HP) (22 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/28 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 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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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 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Supra stops much shorter than the RC:

Supra

RC

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

178 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Supra has larger tires than the RC (F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. 235/40R19). The Supra 3.0’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RC (F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. F:235/40R19 & R:265/35R19).

The Supra 2.0’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RC’s standard 45 series tires. The Supra 3.0’s tires have a lower 35 series profile than the RC’s optional 40 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Supra’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.5% to 48.5%) than the RC’s (54% to 46%). This gives the Supra more stable handling and braking.

The Supra 3.0 Premium handles at 1.07 G’s, while the RC 350 pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Supra’s turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the RC’s (34.1 feet vs. 34.2 feet). The Supra’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the RC AWD’s (34.1 feet vs. 34.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Supra may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 550 pounds less than the Lexus RC.

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

Ergonomics

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The Supra 3.0 Premium has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and warning light readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The RC 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’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Supra’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The RC’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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

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Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Supra as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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