2008 Mazda RX-8

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8 reviews
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Available Price Range $6,178-$12,926 Trims4 Combined MPG 19 Seats 4

Our Take on the 2008 Mazda RX-8

Our Take

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 p... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Minimal low-end torque
  • Gas mileage
  • Backseat legroom
  • 20-hp loss with automatic

Notable Features

  • Twin-rotor engine
  • Rear-hinged backdoors
  • New 40th Anniversary Edition
  • 9,000-rpm redline (manual transmission)


Our Expert Reviews

The RX-8 is the ugly duckling of the automotive world; it doesn't have the sleekest, prettiest lines, but if you get beyond that and take a seat behind the wheel, you'll experience a sports car with fine handling abilities. Essentially, the RX-8 lets you feel the pulse of the road.The RX-8 has been on the road since the 2004 model year, and it's still one of the more unusually st... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

Based on 8 reviews

Perfect car for fun daily-drive and weekend auto-X

by ZoomZoomFan from Richland, WA on July 28, 2011

Bought my 2008 RX-8 GT about 9 months ago (found a used one with 16k miles in great shape!). Have driven about 10k miles on it since, and am absolutely in love. If you've read any other reviews, you k... Read Full Review

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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