Mazda RX-8

2009 Mazda RX-8

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  • (4.1) 11 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,319$12,955
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 19
  • Engine: 212-hp, 1.3-liter Rotary (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2009 Mazda RX-8

Our Take on the 2009 Mazda RX-8

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 longi... Read Full Report

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 Expert Reviews

For all the innovation we hear about in the automotive world, only one vehicle has a genuinely unique engine: the Mazda RX-8 and its rotary.And that means what, exactly?Well, this: All the other commercially available internal-combustion engines, whether the massive diesel in a Peterbilt truck or the V-12 in a Ferrari, operate on the same basic principle.Air and fuel ignite in a cylinder, forci... Read full review for the 2009 Mazda RX 8

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RX8 R3 Review

by RedR3 from San Antonio, TX on April 15, 2010

2009 RX8 R3. I've owned sportscars all my life. This thing doesn't get great gas mileage and there are certainly a number of cars that will out accelerate it. It's ride is so harsh that it makes your ... Read Full Review

4 Trim Levels Available

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2009 Mazda RX-8 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 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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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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