• (4.1) 11 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $3,889–$15,737
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 19
  • Engine: 232-hp, 1.3-liter Rotary (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2009 Mazda RX-8

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Mazda RX-8

What We Don't Like

  • Despite changes, no hp increase for 2009
  • 20-hp decrease in power with automatic

Notable Features

  • Rotary engine
  • New R3 sport package for 2009
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Available stability system

2009 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Mazda's RX-8 receives minor exterior and interior updates for 2009, and the rotary-powered sports car can now be equipped with a new R3 sport package. Competitors include the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Nissan 350Z.

On the whole, the updated RX-8 looks much the same as before. It still has a longish hood, pronounced fender flares, and a cabin that has small, rear-hinged back doors to make it easier to get in the backseat.

Changes underneath the RX-8's skin include a revised rear suspension and stiffer driveshaft. The car's exhaust tips are larger for 2009, too.

The R3 sport package adds a sport suspension, a rear spoiler, side sills, a new front bumper and 19-inch aluminum wheels shod with high-performance tires.

The RX-8's cabin has room for up to four people. There are bucket seats in front and back, and a full-length center console runs the length of the cabin between both rows of seats. Those seats are redesigned for 2009, according to Mazda, and the sports car also gets a new steering wheel and a tachometer with a variable redline that moves based on engine temperature.

With the R3 sport package, the RX-8 gains a Bose audio system, Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, Recaro front bucket seats and keyless start.

Under the Hood
The RX-8's 1.3-liter rotary engine produces 232 horsepower when teamed with the six-speed manual transmission, but its output drops to 212 hp when paired with the optional six-speed automatic. The automatic includes shift paddles on the steering wheel for driver-initiated gear changes.

Antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags are standard. An electronic stability system is optional.

Consumer Reviews


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by mcjelly from Los Angeles, CA on June 26, 2017

I love this car. The engine sounds way different from a piston car and its handles are amazing. The Recaro racing seats hug you when you hit the sharp corners and there is little to no slippage while ... Read Full Review

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2009 Mazda RX-8 Safety Ratings

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There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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

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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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