A sports car cocoon made for speed

After years of waiting, endless teasers, and more than a few false flags, the fifth-generation A90 Supra is finally here. Carrying the torch as Toyota’s modernized performance icon and halo vehicle, the 2020 Supra has plenty to live up to. And while most of you are chomping at the bit to learn what it’s like to drive, you’ll have to wait until the embargo lifts on Sunday for my full driven review. Until then, I want to relay everything I can about this machine, including my first impression of the interior.

How Much Space Is There Inside?

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Like I said in a previous article, the 2020 Toyota Supra is surprisingly small in person. And, as you might imagine, those compact exterior dimensions mean the interior is pretty tight as well.

Total passenger volume is rated at just 50.9 cubic feet, which is an eye-raising 25.6 cubic-feet less than what you get in the Toyota 86.

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However, a lot of that is due to the fact that the 2020 Supra doesn’t have a rear bench seat. And I think that’s a good thing.

I’d much rather have two seats with maximized room over a compromised four-seat cabin designed to accommodate some kind of cop-out rear bench with barely enough space to fit half a human torso.

The space that is available is on par with other compact models. Headroom is rated at 38.3 inches, legroom is rated at 42.2 inches, and shoulder room is rated at 54.4 inches. That’s about the same space you get with the Toyota 86 (37.1 inches, 41.9 inches, 54.5 inches, respectively) and the Volkswagen Golf (38.4 inches, 41.2 inches, and 55.9 inches, respectively).

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Seating Capacity: 2 4 5 4
Headroom: 38.3 inches 37.1 inches/35 inches 38.4 inches/38.1 inches 37.6 inches/34.8 inches
Legroom: 42.2 inches 41.9 inches/29.9 inches 41.2 inches/35.6 inches 44.5 inches/30.6 inches
Shoulder Room: 54.4 inches 54.5 inches/51.7 inches 55.9 inches/53.9 inches 56.3 inches/52.2 inches
Passenger Volume: 50.9 cu-ft 76.5 cu-ft 93.5 cu-ft 84.5 cu-ft
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All told, I felt like the cabin was relatively tight, but definitely not uncomfortable.

I’m about 6’1” tall and I weigh roughly 190 pounds. Sitting in the driver’s seat, I felt cocooned, with the cabin space wrapping around me rather than suffocating me. Wearing a helmet made head room shrink to almost nothing, but beyond that, I had no problem with interior room whatsoever.

Design And Materials

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After taking in the cabin measurements, I turned my attention to the interior design and materials.

The overarching design scheme looks great. The layout is streamlined and simple, emphasizing the horizontal with a wide, thin dash, rectangular air vents, two tiers of hard buttons for the center console, and a widescreen standup touchscreen.

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As for the materials, I’d call it typical high-end Toyota. The new Avalon comes to mind. There’s nice stuff where it matters most, like on the seats, center console, arm rests, and around the steering wheel, but intermingled with the leather bits, there’s a few cheaper plastic bits as well.

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Alcantara and leather seats are standard on the base model, while full leather is standard on the Premium and Launch Edition grades.

Both feel nice to the touch, with slick-looking contrast stitching punctuating the seams. Black coloring is standard, while red coloring is equipped only with the Launch Edition. The red is definitely the way to go if you can afford it, as the black-only cabin can feel a little muted. Also, both the passenger and driver’s seats are heated on the Premium grade and Launch Edition, and standard dual-zone climate control across the line keeps it comfy as well.

The lineup also comes standard with “sport knee cushions” for the driver and passenger to keep your legs intact while exploring the Supra’s grip levels.

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Finally, the center console gets a carbon fiber surround for the shifter and various hard buttons. It’s genuine carbon fiber, but in my opinion, it looks a little tacky. Some folks are sure to like it, though.


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On the infotainment front, the 2020 Toyota Supra employs a 6.5-inch touchscreen as standard.

Other highlights include an 8.8-inch LCD gauge cluster, a rear backup camera, 10-speaker audio, USB integration, and Bluetooth support. Options include an 8.8-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a premium 12-speaker JBL stereo.

Opt up into the Premium and Launch Edition, and you’ll get several of the lower grade’s options as standard, including the 8.8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and 12-speaker JBL sound system. The higher grades also toss in standard navigation, wireless phone charging, and a heads-up display.

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In terms of operation, I found the digital gauge cluster behind the steering wheel to be crisp, clean, and easy to read.

The optional heads-up display was also a nice addition, projecting pertinent info onto just the right spot on the windshield.

I was less enthused by the infotainment system. While the screen looked nice, the system was not very intuitive in terms of operation. I also had difficulty connecting my iPhone to the Apple CarPlay system. That said, my phone is an ancient 5c, and more modern devices shouldn’t have the same issue.

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Finally, the 2020 Toyota Supra comes with a number of standard safety and convenience features, including cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, and automatic high beam headlights. Optional features include full-speed adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, and a parking sonar. I’ll give my thoughts on how these work in the Supra in my full driven review.

Final Thoughts

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While the old A80 Supra was more of a grand tourer, the new A90 is more of a sports car.

That means the cabin is designed primarily for eating apexes, rather than zooming from A to B in superior comfort.

The cabin space is a little tight for larger folks, but not oppressive by any means. The layout looks nice, and there’s some high-end materials added here and there, but there’s also some cheap-feeling bits as well. The digital tech is a mix of clean readouts and difficult to navigate menus.

Stay tuned as we cover all things Supra all this week, with my full driven review going live this Sunday!

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