The latest Toyota Supra vs Honda Civic Type R: Comparing two sporty great rides!


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Between the latest released 2020 Toyota Supra and the 2019 Honda Civic Type R, there are differences, but also solid similarities. Which is better? Check our comparison below!

Prices of 2020 Toyota Supra & 2019 Honda Civic Type R

Faced with the choice of 2020 Toyota Supra and 2019 Honda Civic Type R - the two latest models from 2 giant automakers? Which would you spend your hard-earned money on? Well, while it is palpably clear that both cars are not competitors in terms of their price tags. Look at the current prices below:



suggested retail price

Price in Naira
Brand new 2020 Toyota Supra $50,920 - $49,990 18.4 million - 18.2 million
Brand new 2019 Honda Type Civic Type R $36,293 13.2 million


2020 Toyota Supra and the 2019 Honda Civic Type R, which one is better?

The two however are gorgeous, swanky and comfortable cars that are breathtaking and enjoyable, and indeed represent value for money well spent.

So, in order to help the dithering or prospective buyer of the cars make a clear-cut choice, a great analysis and comparison has been made on these Japan’s finest performance cars.

Overview of 2020 Toyota Supra

The 2020 Toyota Supra is a sports car released exclusively as a 2 door coupe. It continues a long line of the Supra from 1978.


2020 Toyota Supra is a 2-door sports coupe making a strong comeback

Overview of 2019 Honda Civic Type R

The 2019 Honda Civic Type R is a hatchback with a difference. Although it has been criticized for an emphatic exterior style, this car has legions of fans who go for it every time.


2019 Honda Civic Type R is a hatchback with a large fan base despite certain drawbacks

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Comparison of Toyota Supra and Honda Civic Type R

  • Drive train and transmission

First, the Toyota Supra is a rear-wheel drive, while the Honda Civic Type R hatchback gets all its power from the front wheels. This creates a somewhat disadvantage to the Honda, when compared to the Toyota Supra, but for those who enjoy driving, the addition of the six-speed manual transmission makes the Honda Civic Type R very enjoyable to drive. Also, its new turbocharged engine and improved ride strikes a perfect balance between sporty and luxury, making it a standout.

  • Exterior styling

The second comparison point between the two is their looks. The attractive and aggressive look of the Honda Civic Type R makes it more appealing to younger buyers, as it also lowers its price tag. While the Supra is slightly more mature than the Honda Civic Type R, which also reflects in its price tag.

  • Performance

Thirdly, when it comes down to track performance, which unarguably is what most auto buyers look out for, the Honda Civic Type R, consistently wins over the Toyota Supra. This is because the Honda goes a great extent to make its engine as powerful as possible. This gives the Honda Civic Type R an edge over other competitors.


2.0L engine versus in-line 6-cylinder engine gives the Honda a better performance advantage

The Honda Civic Type R is equipped with a high-tech, turbocharged 2.0L engine that produces up to 306 HP. This engine, which is a production of Honda’s 50-year plus engineering, makes its debut in the 2019 Honda Civic Type R. Also adding luster to the engine is also the encased signature red cover.

While the engine of the Honda Civic Type R has been fine-tuned and perfected over the years, the Supra, on the other hand, has a BMW-based, turbocharged 335 HP 3.0-liter, inline six cylinder that makes 365 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission available is an 8-speed automatic. While this is the same basic setup, (and platform), as the BMW Z4. handling is remarkably tight and the gear select in performance mode is intuitive.

Dropping a gear as you power out of a corner is done with precision, and rear-end control. While it’s an amazing car in its own right, the Honda Civic Type R has a slower acceleration time at 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds  than the Supra at 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds as well as 0-100 mph in 9.5 secs.

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  • Interior design

Also, when it comes to space and roomy interiors, the Honda Civic Type R is hugely impressive and extremely comfortable. Unlike in most sports cars, where passenger comfort is sacrificed for power and performance, the Honda Civic Type R keeps the comfort of the passengers in mind.

The suede seats, with signature black and red stitching, have designs that keep you in serenity as you take tight turns. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is wrapped in leather to give you comfort, luxury and control, all at once.

The Supra on the other hand, is more like a race car, than a passenger car, when you are behind the wheel. Buyers may not find the Toyota Supra all that roomythough. Additionally, when it comes down to style and design, which one stands out? Well, with its beautiful red accents, which starts with stitching inside and extends to its high-powered brakes, the 2019 Honda Civic Type R is striking from every angle.


Many will find the Honda Civic's roomy cabin better in contrast with the slightly cramped interior of the Supra

The Honda Civic type R, with its detailed rear spoiler, custom-designed back lights, carbon fiber package and six different colors to choose from, means your choice is limitless. The Toyota Supra on the other hand, has some expressed concerns. Given its collaboration with BMW, car buyers will note that the car’s nose and distinctively Toyota front, detract from tough, athletic and race car appearance.

Pros and Cons of 2020 Toyota Supra & 2019 Honda Civic Type R

Please refer below a brief summary of 2020 Toyota Supra & 2019 Honda Civic Type R pros and cons!

Model Pros Cons
2020 Toyota Supra
  • Great acceleration
  • Fantastic handling
  • Smooth ride
  • Inline-six auto transmission
  • Good interior materials
  • Infotainment is intuitive
  • Lacks manual transmission
  • Has dangerous blind spots
  • Cabin is not spacious
  • Favors BMW interior style
2019 Honda Civic Type R
  • Handles well in turns
  • Great turbo powertrain
  • Comfortable seats
  • A pleasant ride
  • Infotainment is , track-able
  • Exterior looks might be considered too loud by some
  • Interior décor is garish to put it kindly
  • Missing VTEC 4-cylinder engine

Both cars have provide a comfortable, riding experience in different ways


Both of these vehicles have points for and against which can greatly affect a buyer’s choice. So, which would you buy? Which is money well spent? The choice now, is entirely yours. However, it could be concluded that the 2019 Honda Civic type R may have just the tiniest advantage over the similar 2020 Toyota Supra. Whichever one you do eventually go with, you are sure to have a solid performance vehicle for everyday use that is suitable for Nigerian roads.

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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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