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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 design

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.
 

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2019 Porsche Cayman

Starting Price: $58,150 | Porsche Cayman Pricing

Above Average: Mid-engine design makes for excellent handling; great cockpit; Porsche workmanship and history.

Below Average: Minimal cargo space; price escalates quickly with options

Consensus: If there is such a thing as an entry-level Porsche, the 2019 Porsche Cayman is it. Offered with a potent 300-horsepower engine with the more powerful S and GTS models for those who want it all, the Cayman is an excellent sports car that does everything expected of something wearing a Porsche badge. Its mid-engine design gives it perfect weight balance and it has been engineered to handle exceptionally well but without sacrificing ride comfort. However, even the entry-level model starts at nearly $60,000, and the price climbs quickly once you add options.
 

In a world increasingly dominated by crossovers and SUVs that try to be all things to all people, it’s nice to see two cars as dedicated as the 2020 Toyota Supra and the 2019 Porsche Cayman, high-performance rear-drive dedicated sports cars. 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 their own flavor and styling to make it its own 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. Similarly, the Cayman is the hardtop version of Porsche’s mid-engine Boxster and little brother to the venerable 911, with all of Porsche’s engineering and race history behind it. It has a beautiful cockpit, designed for performance, but also perfectly comfortable for drivers even above 6 feet tall. These are both excellent sports cars, made by some of the best names in the business.

Similarities

Length and wheelbase; only two seats; not much cargo space; both strike a very good balance between handling and ride comfort.

Toyota Supra Advantages

Much lower starting price; more power than the Porsche unless you upgrade to the Cayman S

Porsche Cayman Advantages

Optional manual transmission; manual transmission option; optional bigger, more powerful engine

Final Recommendation

Given Porsche’s storied history, it’s very hard to go wrong with the 2019 Cayman. It’s stylish, well-built, and incredibly strong, and the Porsche nameplate brings decades of race engineering and quality craftsmanship, as well as very respectable resale values. The Supra, while essentially a BMW Z4, is brand-new model for 2020, so it’s hard to determine resale value, although Toyota has an excellent reputation for reliability. The major, with a capital M, difference here, is price. The base Cayman starts nearly $8,000 higher than the Supra, and if you want power and torque comparable to the Supra, you need to spend another $12,000 for the Cayman S. That’s a $20,000 price difference, and that’s before you start adding options, which in the world of Porsche causes the price to climb even more rapidly. If you’re not a slave to the Porsche nameplate, you can make do with an excellent paddle-shifting automatic rather than a manual, and you’re just looking for some great thrills from a fun, fast, sharp-handling and stylish sports coupe, you can’t go wrong with the Supra.

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  2020 Toyota Supra 2019 Porsche Cayman
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.0-liter turbo I6 2.0-liter turbo flat-4
Horsepower 335 hp @ 5,000 rpm 300 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 365 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm 280 lb-ft @ 1,950 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 8-Spd Manual, 6-Spd
Fuel Economy 24 mpg (26 city/24 hwy) 24 mpg (21 city/28 hwy)
Also Available   2.5-liter turbo flat-4; Dual-clutch automatic, 7-Spd
Specs    
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles  4 years or 50,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating n/a n/a
Max Seating Capacity 2 2
Wheelbase 97.2 inches 97.4 inches
Overall Length 172.5 inches 172.4 inches
Width 73.0 inches 78.5 inches
Height 50.9 inches 51.0 inches
Turning Diameter 34.1 feet 36.1 feet
Headroom, Front 38.3 inches n/a
Legroom, Front 42.2 inches n/a
Shoulder Room, Front 54.4 inches n/a
EPA Passenger Volume 50.9 cu. ft. n/a
EPA Cargo Volume 10.2 cu. ft. 5.2 cu. ft. (front) 9.7 cu. ft. (rear)
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