2020 Toyota Supra vs. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Comparison
2020 Toyota Supra
Starting Price: $49,990 | Read Supra Review
Above Average: Fun to drive; great power and chassis; super-comfortable 14-way-adjustable seats; short wheelbase means sharp handling
Below Average: No manual transmission offered; polarizing styling
Consensus: With the last generation bowing out after the 1998 model year, the Toyota Supra has returned, this time as a 2020 model that’s largely based on the underpinnings of the BMW Z4. What that means is a 335-horsepower sports car with a tight suspension, great handling, and powerful brakes. Given its commitment as a sports car, that also means only 10.2 cubic feet of space in the trunk and only two seats. But it’s a blast to drive on both the road and the track.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Starting Price: $56,590 | Get Corvette Pricing
Above Average: Massive horsepower and torque; standard manual transmission; higher-performance models cost tens of thousands less than comparable European supercars; seats are very comfortable on both the road and the racetrack
Below Average: Combined fuel mileage below 20 mpg
Consensus: The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a no-excuses, take-no-prisoners American supercar, with unmistakable looks and a massively powerful 6.2-liter V8. And if that’s not enough, there are the supercharged Z06 model (650 horsepower) and the snarling 755-hp ZR1, which rivals Ferraris and Lamborghinis for thousands less. The Stingray has a very comfortable 2-seat cabin and with that giant V8, it’s no surprise that it only earns 19 mpg combined.
It seems as if everywhere you look, the streets are increasingly crowded with SUVs and crossovers. But the dedicated sports car is still very much alive, as evidenced by the 2020 Toyota Supra and the fearsome 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. They don’t have much in the way of trunk space, and neither fits more than two passengers, but they are both awfully fun to drive. After a 20-year absence, the Supra nameplate has returned, with Toyota taking the underpinnings of the BMW Z4 convertible and adding its own flavor and styling for a unique hardtop performance coupe. It’s beautifully balanced, with excellent power and a quick-shifting automatic transmission, and its short wheelbase makes the Supra a lot of fun in the corners. The Chevy Corvette is a legend throughout the world, and the current-generation Stingray is the best yet. It offers an enormous 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, matched with huge brakes and a chassis tuned for incredible grip and agile performance. The interior seats two, but the accommodations are comfortable and all of the expected tech features are there, including a 9-speaker audio system and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Two seats only; rear-wheel drive; great performance doesn’t sacrifice ride comfort.
Toyota Supra Advantages
Less expensive; better fuel economy; shorter wheelbase and smaller all around.
Chevrolet Corvette Advantages
Manual transmission (optional automatic); significantly more powerful; legendary nameplate; optional convertible.
At first this might seem an odd comparison, but the 2020 Toyota Supra and 2019 Chevy Corvette Stingray are similar in some ways. They’re both front-engine, 2-seat, rear-drive performance coupes. Beyond that, they’re very different. While the Supra goes the more modern route of a twin-turbo inline six, the Corvette stays traditional, with a giant 6.2-liter V8. And that’s the big difference, because the Corvette makes a full 100 more horsepower and nearly 100 more pound-feet of torque right out of the gate, and there are significantly more powerful options available. And if those aren’t significant criteria in a sports car comparison, then what are? Yes, it’s more expensive, but the Corvette has incredible power and handling at a great price, and consistently high resale values. Given that the Stingray is also offered in a convertible variant and comes standard with a 7-speed manual transmission or an optional 8-speed automatic, there’s only one choice here.
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|2020 Toyota Supra||2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray|
|Engine||3.0-liter turbo I6||6.2-liter V8|
|Horsepower||335 hp @ 5,000 rpm||455 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||365 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm||460 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm|
|Transmission||Automatic, 8-Spd||Manual, 7-Spd|
|Fuel Economy||24 mpg (26 city/24 hwy)||19 mpg (16 city/25 hwy)|
|Also Available||6.2-liter V8, supercharged; Automatic, 8-Spd|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years or 36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||n/a||n/a|
|Max Seating Capacity||2||2|
|Wheelbase||97.2 inches||106.7 inches|
|Overall Length||172.5 inches||176.9 inches|
|Width||73.0 inches||73.9 inches (w/o mirrors)|
|Height||50.9 inches||48.8 inches|
|Turning Diameter||34.1 feet||n/a|
|Headroom, Front||38.3 inches||37.9 inches|
|Legroom, Front||42.2 inches||43.0 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||54.4 inches||56.2 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||50.9 cu. ft.||n/a|
|EPA Cargo Volume||10.2 cu. ft.||15.0 cu. ft.|