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Mazda RX-8

Mazda RX-8

About Mazda RX-8

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.

2011 Mazda RX-8
What's new for 2011?
2011 Mazda RX-8

There are no major changes for 2011.

2010 Mazda RX-8
What's new for 2010?
2010 Mazda RX-8

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.

2009 Mazda RX-8
What's new for 2009?
2009 Mazda RX-8

The RX-8 receives a slight freshening, with new wheels, a new nose and taillights, and improvements to the car's suspension and body rigidity. An enthusiast-oriented R3 model is also added to the lineup.

2008 Mazda RX-8
What's new for 2008?
2008 Mazda RX-8

To help celebrate 40 years of producing rotary engines, Mazda will introduce a limited-edition 40th Anniversary model featuring special Metropolitan Grey paint, Cosmo Red leather interior and unique 18-inch alloy wheels.

2007 Mazda RX-8
What's new for 2007?
2007 Mazda RX-8

For 2007, Grand Touring models offer Sand leather seat trim, while Touring and Grand Touring trims receive a standard six-disc CD changer.

Consumer Reviews

Fun car

By on Tuesday, March 16, 2010

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"It is a fun car to drive. Space for two adults and 2 kids comfortably. I drove 350z, s2000, and other Sports car but I have to say that RX8 is not the FASTEST but most comfortable."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great car, great fun

By on Sunday, November 8, 2009

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"I have owned my RX8 for about 6 months now. I have put about 18,000mileson it in that short time. I have done that not out of necessity, but I frequently find myself just going for a drive "for the heck of it." This car handles beautifully. You can take 45 degree corners at 70mph and the car just taunts you to go faster. The acceleration is a little slow off the start, however, once you hit about 4500rpm its acceleration is admirable. Don't expect good gas mileage. This is not a fault of the car in my opinion, because well, I bought a sports car, not a Prius. You don't walk into a Ferrari dealership and ask if they get good gas mileage. Highway isn't bad, went on a trip to the twin cities from Madison, Wisconsin and I got there easily on one tank of gas. 14 gallon tank, premium gas, 265miles. Not bad for what kind of car it gets. City, I get about 202 out of a tank and thats if I am having a little fun once and awhile. The confort level is great. No discomfort on a 5 hour straight drive. The leather and heated seats in mine help though. No reliability issues whatsoever. I would have to say this though. If you have all the bells and whistles like I do, do not, I repeat, do not put cheap semi-metallic brake pads on this car. The dealer put the cheapest pads on it possible and once and awhile, the wheels get so dirty from brake dust that it collects on a sensor and sets off my abs, parking brake and traction control light. I recently upgraded the pads to ceramic pads and haven't had a problem whatsoever. If you do have cheap pads, power cycle the car and the lights go away and clean your rims frequently. Aside from those minor complaints, which lie with the dealer, not the manufacture of the car, overall one of the best cars I have ever owned. I get people asking me all the time, "what kind of car is that?" or "sweet car, man" I passed a Mercedes SLK, a Porsche Cayenne, a Honda S2000, and they all looked at my car."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Big Bang For Your Buck

By on Thursday, January 15, 2009

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

"I have a 2005 6 speed that I bought new in 2006 with 800 dealer miles on it. Pro's: Handles like its on rails, sleak interior and exterior design, enough power to keep up with other comparable sports car, great value for the money, 4yr or 40k warranty. Con's: Gas mileage, breaks squeak occasionaly and thats about it. I personaly love this car and would recommend it to anyone that would like a high performance vehicle at a reasonable price. You have to keep up with the oil levels more frequently than a traditional engine but that comes with owning a rotary. Small price to pay for a engine that screams at 9000 rpms. About every 5000 miles it will require a oil change or the addition of about a quart of oil. Ive only had 3 problems with this car to take note of. 1. Center console latch breaks easily. Mazda replaced under warranty. 2. Breaks squeak after about 20k. Mazda said to turn down the rotars and that would remedy the problem. Given the car was under warranty I asked if they would do this but they shot it down because I had changed out the stock pads. 3. Rear tail light seals have a tendency to allow condensation in the lights. Asked Mazda about this and they offered to fix free of charge. All in all this is a great car and a blast to drive. Still turns heads 3 yrs after I bought it. I only wish Mazda would come out with a turbo or super charge version that would lay waste to the 350z."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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