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2021 Supra 2.0 vs. Mustang EcoBoost® Premium Fastback Comparison

When news hit that the Supra 2.0 was returning from the ethers, fans went wild. Not since 1998 have American drivers been able to snag themselves a piece of sports-coupe history. Now, one year after its reintroduction for the 2020 model year, the 2021 Supra 2.0 lineup is adding a more affordable four-cylinder engine option to the mix. For the 2021 model year, Mustang is bringing back the Mach 1.

The Supra 2.0 has a lower price point and has higher gas mileage estimates and horsepower. It has an EPA-estimated 25/32/28 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. Comparatively, the 2021 Mustang EcoBoost® Premium Fastback with a manual transmission has an EPA-estimated mileage rating of 21/30/24 (city/highway/combined).

A lighter car leads to better handling and acceleration. The Supra 2.0 has a curb weight of 3,181 lbs. while the EcoBoost® Premium Fastback with the standard manual transmission has a heavier curb weight of 3,492 lbs.

Let's continue this comparison by taking a spin through categories like performance, size, and exterior to see which car sports the features you want and need.

Published Date: 03/22/2021

Close-up of 2021 Supra exhaust pipe

Performance

  • The Supra 2.0 has a standard automatic transmission while the EcoBoost® has a manual.
  • The Supra has better EPA-estimated mileage ratings than the Mustang.

When you want power under the hood but don't want to burn through gas, the Supra 2.0 offers both a fun driving experience and good EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings.

Manual Mode and Paddle Shifters

The Supra 2.0 comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission. You can also select manual mode to take control of your drive when you want. It also has paddle shifters for an even more fun driving experience. On the other hand, the Mustang EcoBoost® Premium Fastback comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. For paddle shifters you'd have to select the optional 10-speed SelectShift® Automatic Transmission for an additional $1,595.

Looking to amp up your drive? The Supra 2.0 lives up to the hype with standard launch control. The 2021 Mustang EcoBoost® Premium Fastback features Launch Control as well and is intended for track use only.

Looking for power and great estimated mileage? The Supra 2.0 has an EPA-estimated 25/32/28 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. The Mustang EcoBoost® Premium Fastback with a manual transmission has an EPA-estimated mileage of 21/30/24 (city/highway/combined) while the automatic transmission has a slightly higher EPA-estimated 21/32/25 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating.

2021 Supra parked in a garage

Size

  • If you're wanting a lightweight ride that offers stellar handling, the Supra 2.0 can't be beat.
  • The Supra 2.0 has two seats for a more personal and private ride while the Mustang has more seating.
  • The Supra 2.0 also has smaller dimensions overall, while the EcoBoost® Premium Fastback is a little bulkier.

Anyone who's been around the track a few times knows that size and weight does matter. It's hard to hit top speeds when your car is weighed down.

Supra Lightweight

When you're looking for a racetrack-worthy ride, less weight means better handling, acceleration, and the ability to hold speed while rounding a corner. The Supra 2.0 is super light with a curb weight of 3,181 lbs. The EcoBoost® Premium Fastback with a manual transmission packs on more pounds with a curb weight of 3,492 lbs. With an automatic transmission the EcoBoost® Premium Fastback is even heavier weighing in at 3,512 lbs.

For a sportier ride, the Supra 2.0 is small but mighty. It measures 172.5 in. long by 73 in. wide. The EcoBoost® Premium Fastback measures in at 188.5 in. long by 75.4 in. wide excluding mirrors.

With space for just you and your co-pilot, there is nothing more special than a two seater car. Picture you, a friend, and some good music cruising down the highway. The Supra 2.0 offers this unique experience having only two seats while the EcoBoost® Premium Fastback has a more sedan-like feel with four seats. But, those riding in the back will be pretty cramped with only 29.0 in. of second-row legroom.

Close-up of 2021 Supra wheel

Exterior

  • When we buy a car, we look with our eyes first. The Supra 2.0 is truly eye-catching.
  • The Supra 2.0 has glossy-black auto-folding heated outside mirrors standard.
  • The Supra 2.0's Super Sport tires are designed to handle Supra’s top speed of 155 miles per hour.

Even with loads of power, you want observers to not only hear you coming, but turn heads as you fly by. The Supra 2.0 is a real standout.

High Performance Features

With standard 18" cast-aluminum 10-spoke wheels with a dual-tone finish, a unique cat-back exhaust, and LED rear taillights you can't miss the Supra 2.0.

For an added touch, the Supra 2.0 also has standard glossy-black auto-folding, heated outside mirrors. The EcoBoost® has heated mirrors that match the body color with Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors and Turn Signal Indicators.

Hit the pavement running with the Supra 2.0's standard High-performance Michelin® Pilot® Super Sport tires. These tires have a speed rating of Y. This means they are designed to deftly handle Supra’s top speed of 155 miles per hour. The 2021 EcoBoost® Premium Fastback comes standard with All-season tires. It is unclear what the top speed the EcoBoost® can handle. However, based on the standard tire size of 235 millimeters wide with an aspect ratio 50 and height of 18 inches, the 2021 EcoBoost® Premium Fastback would have a speed rating of H. This means it can only handle speeds up to 130 miles per hour.

2021 Supra driving into an auto shop

Conclusion: Supra 2.0 vs. Mustang EcoBoost® Premium Fastback

  • The Supra has manual mode for when you want to be in total control.
  • The Supra 2.0 has a lighter curb weight than the EcoBoost® Premium Fastback with a manual or automatic transmission.
  • The estimated mileage for the Supra is pretty impressive for a vehicle ready for the road and the racetrack.

Both of these cars put up a tremendous fight. The EcoBoost® Premium Fastback showed off with a standard manual gearbox for a more involved ride. The Supra 2.0 didn't falter, however, offering a standard automatic transmission and manual mode for greater versatility. Supra 2.0 drivers can have the choice of going fully automatic or engaging with their ride.

For drivers wanting lighter handling, the Supra 2.0 can't be beat. With a curb weight of 3,181 lbs. the Supra 2.0 is light on its "feet". The competition is more of a heavyweight, weighing 3,492 lbs. with a manual transmission and 3,512 lbs. with an automatic.

To top everything off, the Supra 2.0 comes with great mileage ratings. It has an EPA-estimated 25/32/28 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. The 2021 EcoBoost® Premium Fastback with a manual transmission has an EPA-estimated 21/30/24 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating.

If you want a thrilling drive, the 2021 Toyota Supra 2.0 holds surprises around every turn.