• (4.6) 9 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $5,675–$13,439
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 19
  • Engine: 232-hp, 1.3-liter Rotary (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2010 Mazda RX-8

Our Take on the Latest Model 2010 Mazda RX-8

What We Don't Like

  • 20-hp loss in power with automatic

Notable Features

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

2010 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Mazda's RX-8 received minor exterior and interior updates for 2009, which is when the rotary-powered sports car gained an R3 sport package. Competitors include the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Nissan 370Z.

New for 2010
There are no significant changes for 2010.

On the whole, last year's updated RX-8 looked much the same as before. It retained 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.

  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Standard chrome dual-tailpipe treatment
  • Standard LED taillights
  • Optional rear spoiler
  • Optional R3 sport package adds a sport suspension, a rear spoiler, side sills, a different 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. The tachometer has a variable redline that moves based on engine temperature.
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard MP3 player jack
  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Optional R3 sport package adds a Bose audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, Recaro front bucket seats and keyless start
  • Optional leather interior
  • Optional heated seats
  • Optional three-position driver-seat memory

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.
  • Standard sport-tuned suspension
  • Torque-sensing limited-slip differential on manual transmission models
  • Automatic transmission includes shift paddles on the steering wheel for driver-initiated gear changes

Safety equipment includes:
  • Antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Optional electronic stability system

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 9 reviews

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A lot of car for the money

by John F. from Cleveland, OH on March 27, 2017

Was always interested in this car but haven't looked into one until recently. Man was I impressed! Doesn't have all the bells and whistles that some of the newer cars have, but that's not what I was l... Read Full Review

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2010 Mazda RX-8 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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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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