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2009 Mazda RX-8

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$1,852 — $15,452 USED
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4 Seats
19 MPG
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Overview

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The Good

  • Handling
  • Interior layout
  • Standard curtain airbags

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2009 Mazda RX-8
  • Rotary engine
  • New R3 sport package for 2009
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Available stability system

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2009 Mazda RX-8 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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....

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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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.

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.1
15 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

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(5.0)

The most understated sports coupe on the market.

by Stephen from Denver, NC on October 13, 2019

I have never driven a car that handled as well as this car. Driving it feels like an extension of your every movement. The car does exactly what you tell it too. I could keep up with Porsches and BMWs... Read full review

(5.0)

Great dependable sports car, handles great.

by RX-8 Fan1500 from Pensacola, Florida on July 19, 2019

Classic styling, powerful rotary engine, fun to drive, superior quality and dependability. Owner for 10 years, just practical wear and maintenance. None of the rotary quarks from early year designs. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Mazda RX-8 currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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