• (4.8) 5 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,496$20,404
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 19
  • Engine: 212-hp, 1.3-liter Rotary (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2011 Mazda RX-8

Our Take on the 2011 Mazda RX-8

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.There are no significant changes.On the whole, the RX-8 looks much the same as before. It re... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Modest power for a sports car
  • Gas mileage
  • Tire noise on the highway
  • Minimal backseat legroom
  • Over-left-shoulder visibility
  • Limited headroom with moonroof

Notable Features

  • Final model year
  • 1.3-liter rotary engine
  • 9,000-rpm engine redline (manual transmission)
  • Rear-hinged half-doors
  • Seats four

2011 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

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Even counting exotics, there are few sports cars as unique as the Mazda RX-8. It's the only rotary-engine car available in the U.S., and it has four seats with rearward-opening back doors on either side, like an extended-cab pickup truck. It's an odd duck, to be sure. The 2011 RX-8's unique characteristics help distinguish it, but you'll have to favor finesse over brute forc... Read full review for the 2011 Mazda RX 8

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2011 RX-8 Sport - Perfect for mountains or tracks

by Bladecutter from Denver, CO on May 18, 2011

I have test driven quite a few different cars over the years, as it has become a fun weekend activity. It is nice to see how different companies tackle the same problem - How do we get the average con... Read Full Review

3 Trim Levels Available

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2011 Mazda RX-8 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall 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: $3,900 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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