2007 Mazda RX-8

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Key Specs

of the 2007 Mazda RX‑8. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Price and refinement
  • Smooth ride for a sports car
  • Easy-shifting manual
  • Easy backseat entry
  • Cocoonlike front seats

The Bad

  • Overly civilized sports car
  • Tight rear-seat legroom
  • Small trunk opening

Notable Features of the 2007 Mazda RX-8

  • Rotary engine
  • Shapely styling
  • Rear-hinged half doors
  • 50/50 weight distribution
  • Optional navigation system

2007 Mazda RX-8 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
After Mazda abandoned its RX-7 sports car at the end of the 1995 model year, fans of rotary engines hoped for a revival. Mazda responded for 2004 with the RX-8.

Instead of a two-door coupe for two passengers, the rear-wheel-drive RX-8 is a four-door sports car that can carry up to four occupants. Rear-hinged half doors permit easier entry into the backseat, and there's no center pillar to block the way. Weight distribution is balanced 50/50 front to rear.

The Renesis rotary engine in the RX-8 produces 232 horsepower with a six-speed manual transmission. Cars with the six-speed automatic make 212 hp. Sport, Touring and Grand Touring packages are available.


Exterior
The front of the RX-8 has an aggressive air intake and displays abundant curves. A power bulge on the low hood features a rotor motif. Short overhangs are coupled with overfenders to enhance the appearance of stability, and functional side vents sit behind the front wheels. The rear-hinged back doors are made of aluminum.

All models feature standard 18-inch wheels, except for automatic-transmission editions, which come with standard 16-inch wheels. A spare tire isn't included. A Sport Package includes xenon headlights, fog lamps and the Dynamic Stability Control electronic stability system.

For 2007, two new colors — Crystal White Pearl and Stormy Blue Mica — are available.


Interior
The seats and trim are two-toned in black and the body color. Aluminum accents the console, transmission ...
Vehicle Overview
After Mazda abandoned its RX-7 sports car at the end of the 1995 model year, fans of rotary engines hoped for a revival. Mazda responded for 2004 with the RX-8.

Instead of a two-door coupe for two passengers, the rear-wheel-drive RX-8 is a four-door sports car that can carry up to four occupants. Rear-hinged half doors permit easier entry into the backseat, and there's no center pillar to block the way. Weight distribution is balanced 50/50 front to rear.

The Renesis rotary engine in the RX-8 produces 232 horsepower with a six-speed manual transmission. Cars with the six-speed automatic make 212 hp. Sport, Touring and Grand Touring packages are available.


Exterior
The front of the RX-8 has an aggressive air intake and displays abundant curves. A power bulge on the low hood features a rotor motif. Short overhangs are coupled with overfenders to enhance the appearance of stability, and functional side vents sit behind the front wheels. The rear-hinged back doors are made of aluminum.

All models feature standard 18-inch wheels, except for automatic-transmission editions, which come with standard 16-inch wheels. A spare tire isn't included. A Sport Package includes xenon headlights, fog lamps and the Dynamic Stability Control electronic stability system.

For 2007, two new colors — Crystal White Pearl and Stormy Blue Mica — are available.


Interior
The seats and trim are two-toned in black and the body color. Aluminum accents the console, transmission tunnel and gearshift lever. The front headrests, side sill covers and shift lever have a triangular shape to suggest the engine's rotors.

Lightweight front bucket seats have a rigid molded form, with three bolsters to hold occupants in place. A navigation system is optional.

For 2007, Grand Touring models have the option of Sand leather-trimmed seats, and a six-CD changer is standard on Touring and Grand Touring models.


Under the Hood
Mazda's 1.3-liter twin-rotor engine generates 212 hp at 7,500 rpm and 159 pounds-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm with the six-speed automatic transmission. With the six-speed manual gearbox, it pumps out 232 hp at 8,500 rpm and 159 pounds-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes, side curtain airbags, side-impact airbags and front seat belt pretensioners are standard. Optional Dynamic Stability Control can sense skidding, apply the brakes and control engine torque as needed.

Driving Impressions
Four doors don't impair the RX-8's sports car status. Very little effort is required to extract snappy winding-road performance. The seats are comfortably cushioned to take advantage of the surprisingly good ride. Though it is clearly taut to produce confident control, the suspension takes the edge off all but the worst bumps.

Acceleration is exuberant with the easy-shifting six-speed manual, but it doesn't top the pack. Other than some tire noise, the RX-8 is quiet.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Extremely fun to drive

by PaulRX from Tulsa, OK on August 2, 2018

This car is a lot of fun and can be a daily driver and still be a sports car. I actually own two of them. Read full review

(5.0)

Fun, Quirky Car For Enthusiasts

by cwentzel21 from Pleasant Prairie, WI on July 17, 2018

This is an enthusiasts car. The transmission is wonderful, the steering is heavy and direct, and the transmission is a dream. With the rear seats and doors, there's actually a decent amount of space. ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2007 Mazda RX-8 currently has 5 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2007 Mazda RX-8 has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The RX-8 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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