2021 Toyota Supra vs. 2020 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

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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 Cooper Hardtop 2 Door 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 Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Supra’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Supra’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Supra and the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Supra 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 10 times as many Toyota dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Supra’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. MINI is ranked 10th.

Engine

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The Supra has more powerful engines than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

Horsepower

Torque

Supra 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

255 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Supra 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

382 HP

368 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door 1.5 turbo 3-cylinder

134 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

189 HP

206 lbs.-ft.

John Cooper Works Hardtop 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

228 HP

235 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regardless of its engine, the Supra’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) MINI only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door Auto.

The Supra has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (13.7 vs. 11.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Supra’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

Supra 2.0

Supra 3.0

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

John Cooper Works Hardtop

Front Rotors

13 inches

13.7 inches

11 inches

13.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.6 inches

10.2 inches

10.2 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 on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door are solid, not vented.

The Supra stops much shorter than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

Supra

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

99 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Supra has larger tires than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. 175/65R15). The Supra 3.0’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. 205/40R18).

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 Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s standard 65 series tires. The Supra 3.0’s tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Supra 2.0 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. The Supra 3.0’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Supra is 4 inches wider in the front and 3.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

The Supra’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.5% to 48.5%) than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s (61.1% to 38.9%). This gives the Supra more stable handling and braking.

The Supra 3.0 Premium handles at 1.07 G’s, while the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Supra executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3 seconds quicker than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (23.9 seconds @ .84 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Supra’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s (34.1 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Supra has .8 inches more front legroom and 3.8 inches more front shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Cargo Capacity

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The Supra has a much larger trunk than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door with its rear seat up (10.2 vs. 8.7 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Supra. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Supra is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The Supra offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Supra 3.0, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Supra’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

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 Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Recommendations

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Both are recommended, but 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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