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The 2010 RX-8 receives a revised front and rear fascia as well as a simplification of the model lineup. The Touring trim has been dropped, as have the Premium Package options. A sunroof is now standard on the Grand Touring trim and Mazda has made significant improvements to the rotary engine aimed at minimizing oil consumption.
Many car companies assign the word "unique" to their cars, but in the case of the 2011 Mazda RX-8, the term truly applies. What makes the RX-8 unique? The answer is a combination of attributes beginning with Mazda's RENESIS rotary engine, the only such engine offered in a production car. Then there are the RX-8's small reverse-facing rear doors, another feature you won't find on any other sports car in its class. Of course, the RX-8's lightweight and impressive handling have earned it praise from owners and enthusiasts alike, but there is a dark side to being unique. Despite improvements made last year, the rotary engine still consumes oil at a greater rate than a traditional piston engine, and the RX-8's fuel economy can be downright abysmal. Still, if you can live with these eccentricities, the RX-8's cool look, roomy rear seat and good size trunk make it a very easy sports car to live with.
By Stan on Friday, May 30, 2008
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"I still am wowed when walking up to my car and seeing it from afar. The lines of the car are unique from the front and sides and you can't find one at every stop light like some models now a days. The car has plenty of pick up and can routinely be rev'd to the 9000 rpm red line without issue. Don't be concerned about the rotary wrankle (sp?) engine, the car runs light a top, can be a noisier ride than a luxury type sedan. No mechanical issues after 4 years, the rotary engine does use oil as you will find with all versions of this car if you follow the RX8 blogs, nothing to be concerned about though. Navigation system, air conditioning, layout of the dashboard is all within reach of the driver, a lot of thought went into the layout. The back seats really do fit the average teenagers or 5' 10" adult. It does feel like you are in a jet window seat when you are in the back. The 50/50 weight distribution of the car can really be felt as you take on a windy road. You won't be disappointed with this car. Have fun. Zoom Zoom Zoom"
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Lrn*Ncl on Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,100overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Stunning look, Comfortable seating, 4 Door"
Cons: "$$$Way too much in repairs-Car extremely sensitive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I am being forced to give up my Rx8 because I need a new engine. This will be the third engine put in my car if you count the original one it came with. It is going to cost about $10,000 to fix it and it isn't even worth that anymore. It is truly killing me to give it up. Although my Rx8 has been in the shop waaay more times than I can even remember - I still love this car with all of my heart, for every mile. Driving a rotary engine is nothing like regular engines. It is the most fun car I have ever driven and probably ever will drive again. If I had the money - I would fix it and keep it in a heartbeat, but unfortunately I don't. I will miss this car forever. To me, it was worth all the sensitivity and repair for the sweet sweet feeling of joy I felt driving it. :( 2005 Sunlight Silver Rx8... looks like I'm out of the Rx8 club. I swear many other Rx8 drivers and I would even wave to each other as we passed(Texas wave, not all creeps) because we knew exactly what the other one was feeling. :( Did I mention I will miss this car forever??"
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By JW on Tuesday, August 07, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Grear summer ride"
Cons: "Not so good in the snow.."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"2008 Anniversity Limited Edition NH Re-Build Title 13k miles Professional repair. Drives Straight, Runs great....Manual 6sp Trans with OD. Traction control, stability control, Bose Premium Sound....Loss of JOB froces sale......"
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful