Best Bet
  • (4.8) 8 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,014$11,290
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 19
  • Engine: 212-hp, 1.3-liter Rotary (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2008 Mazda RX-8

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 passengers, the rear-wheel-drive RX-8 is a four-door sports car that can carry up to four occupants. ... 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)

Reviews

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 for the 2008 Mazda RX 8

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Consumer Reviews

4.8

Average based on 8 reviews

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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 Trim Levels Available

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 5 recalls for this car.


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

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

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

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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