2010 Mazda RX-8

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$26,645

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2010 Mazda RX-8
2010 Mazda RX-8

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Handling
  • Interior layout
  • Standard curtain airbags

The bad:

  • 20-hp loss in power with automatic

3 trims

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Notable features

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

2010 Mazda RX-8 review: Our expert's take

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.

Exterior
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

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. 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
Safety equipment includes:

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.1

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Great car for the money

I always wanted a Mazda RX-8 so l got one three years ago with only 9500 miles on it best car I've ever owned l am 65 years old and regret the day I might have to sell it l hope that doesn't happen any time soon.

5.0

I use to Drive BMW Z3 and Z4's and the RX matches

The RX compares with the BMW Z4 class car, but for Thousands less. The only thing it's missing is being able to drop the top. It also cost much less in maintenance cost. This is the second one I've owned, wish they still imported them.

5.0

Fun car to drive

I use to own BMW Z4's and my attorney talked me into trying one. The only thing the Bimmer has over the RX is it's a Convertible, but for the money I'll keep the RX. My first one was a Sport, but I needed better seats, now I own the GT. Wish they were still importing, great cars.

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles

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