Would You Buy The Toyota Supra Over The Honda Civic Type R?

The all-new Toyota Supra has taken the world by storm since its launch but is it actually all that it’s cracked up to be?

To find out, Kelley Blue Book jumped behind the wheel of the new Supra to put it through its paces against one of Japan’s other finest performance cars, the Honda Civic Type R.

Also Read: Honda Bumps Civic Type R Starting Price To $37,230 For 2020

It’s worth immediately pointing out that the new Supra and the Civic Type R are not competitors. Whereas the Toyota starts at $49,990, those in the market for a Civic Type R can buy a new one from as little as $37,230 (though in both cases, we’ve heard about dealer markups).

In addition, the Supra is rear-wheel drive while the Honda sends all its power to the front wheels. That puts the car at a disadvantage to the Supra but for those who actually like driving, the addition of a six-speed manual transmission does make the Civic Type R very enjoyable to drive.

However, one cannot simply compare these two cars by the numbers. To really see which is the best car to buy, you have to consider which of the two is the most fun to drive. Is it the Honda or is it the Supra?

Both have a lot going for them but clearly appeal to different buyers. The eye-catching and aggressive looks of the Honda make it more appealing to younger buyers, as does its lower price tag. By comparison, the new Supra is slightly more grown-up than the Civic Type R and this is reflected in its price.

Which would you buy? Let us know in the comments below.


  • Greg Gliszczynski

    Honda all the way but the Supra does have a german engine, a german transmission and german suspension, maybe ill take the BMW supra.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    Why buy the Supra when the Corvette is coming out?

    • Bash

      Good one!

  • Bash

    One is overdone and the other is not original. I don’t know, but I’d rather be in the Supra. ??‍♂️

  • Emoto

    Um… none of the above? One has a ridiculous appearance and the other is just plain horrible looking. I will leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine which is which.

  • Mr. EP9

    Yes, but only if I was forced to choose between the two. The Civic Type R is still one of the ugliest sports cars on the market.

    • bedazzler

      If I had enough money and I had to choose between one of these I’d have to go with the Supra just so I’d never, ever have to look at the Civic every day.

      • KidRed

        The Supra is just as ugly. I’d spend that $50k on a Stinger instead.

  • Porkopolis

    Two competent sports cars? Always choose RWD.

    • db

      Even if its a slushbox?

      • Jonathan

        Still better than wrong wheel drive.

  • javier

    yes but i’m getting the feeling supra is cramped inside over 6 feet

  • Six_Tymes

    UGLY Ducklings

  • Six_Tymes

    they are SO ugly, how can petrol heads ignore?! Design is as important to some degree as performance. RWD and manual would be nice, in a pleasantly looking package. The Honda with its back bumper Fake plastic vents, spare me, and what on earth are vents doing on a rear bumper anyway, front engine… both cars are a mess, hideous things.

    • willhaven

      Meh – I dig the way they look.

  • Rhrishikesh Sane

    I would take CTR even tho its fwd. It might not have good looks but supra lost its charm over the years. This supra is almost made by bmw itself. Almost everything fitted in supra is made by bmw. And between honda and toyota, I would go for honda anyday. Although I am waiting for the new vette. Its Its gonna kill these two cars ????

  • Ronan

    Two very different cars. I run my CTR daily. Sure it’s a modded beast that puts to shame supercars, but while it drives like a two seater sport car, it isn’t a two seater sport car.

  • Stealth333

    No way, Type R all way since it comes with a proper manual!

  • brn

    or does nothing compare to a manual?

  • SuperDog OnDope

    Stupid video, like anyone would pick Type R over beautiful much nicer on every level Supra.

    Not to mention the Type R is the ugliest car on earth.

    • baofe

      I’d buy the type R over the BMW anyday and save ~15k for upgrades and parts. For one it has a stick plus not to mention it’s a 4 seater with ample trunk space.

      • SuperDog OnDope

        Awesome, and you’d be the owner of the ugliest car in it’s class!

        • SSINTENSE

          That’s like your opinion man

          • SuperDog OnDope

            …..and the opinion of literally… millions of others. Seriously.

            That Civic R is one ugly vehicle.

          • SSINTENSE

            Millions? Lol

            I’ve had people yell “douche bag” and had people spend 20 minutes oogling over my car. Mixed bag, but I don’t give a chit how it looks. I’m married and not interested in impressing others, just having fun in the thing

      • Jonathan

        And the wrong wheels are driven.

  • David McDermott

    As long as the Civic is wrong wheel drive, I would take a proper sports car over it every time. The Civic is pretty ugly, too.

    I wish the Supra offered a manual, but at least it can still do a donut.

  • Christopher Yurgal

    If we’re comparing cars almost $15,000 different in price, I’ll go ahead and pick the C8.

  • Edward Kenway

    Supra because the Type-R is not available in my country.

  • Harri Ahonen

    Rwd and b58.


    I’m a type r owner and it was a job brainer for me. If I wasn’t married and didnt have a kid something like the supra would make more sense. But given the fact that the type r is much more daily driveable, can hold a baby seat, is manual, and I got it for smtp at 35k, I would make the same decision again.

    The supra being close to 60k and not being daily driveable is something that I wouldn’t be able to feasible have for a while.


    Don’t knock the type r til you try it. I raced and beat plenty of rwd cars. No torque steer as you would expect. The type r is an amazing piece of engineering

    • Jonathan

      You haven’t “raced” anything. You maybe accelerated in a straight line on the street, which is boring and meaningless.

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