2010 Mazda RX-8

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Mazda RX‑8. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Handling
  • Interior layout
  • Standard curtain airbags

The Bad

  • 20-hp loss in power with automatic

Notable Features of the 2010 Mazda RX-8

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

2010 Mazda RX-8 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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, ...
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



Latest 2010 RX-8 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(3.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Prettiest car I?ve ever purchased

by Sherri from Nashville Ga on February 25, 2018

Very happy with this car, good condition and very pretty with low miles. Thank you car.com for being available so I could find this great car!! Read full review

(5.0)

Car for the Purist

by Runethecursed from San Diego on December 29, 2017

For the purist, size up from the miata size down from basically anything bigger. Great Dual purpose car. People spend too much time looking at numbers and reliability, go out and drive one! You'll see ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Mazda RX-8 currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2010 Mazda RX-8 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mazda

Program Benefits

At Mazda, everything we do is designed, engineered, tested and retested to make driving better. And our Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are no exception. Each one comes with the confidence to greet every turn, on- ramp and green light with the same driving enthusiasm Mazda owners know so well.

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Each Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a 12-Month/12,000- Mile Additional Limited Warranty with no deductible on covered components, which begins when the factory warranty ends. If it's out of warranty, the 12-Month/12,000-Mile Limited Warranty begins on the certified retail date.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Mazda quality inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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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