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...
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 consumer to part with lots of money for one of our cars?
The thought process that lead up to my test drive of the RX-8 was simply "Is there a car that blends my 2007 Nissan Altima with my 1998 Porsche Boxster?" It has to seat 4, handle really well, and make the driver enjoy driving it.
It took about a day to put a list of cars together, and the RX-8 was the first one to look at. It was the best of the bunch, too.
I test drove every version of the RX-8 that was available to me. The R3, the Grand Touring with automatic, the Grand Touring with manual, and finally the Sport with manual.
I eventually chose the Sport with Manual, because I wanted the more comfortable seats that it provides over the R3, but doesn't have headroom stolen away due to the sunroof in the Grand Touring.
If I could piece the three cars together, I would take the rims, suspension and seat color scheme of the R3, combine it with the leather seats, Stability and Traction Control from the Grand Touring, and put it all in the Sport. Plus, it has to be a manual transmission.
Driving the car is where the car stands out. If you live in an area with nothing but straight roads, you really shouldn't even bother considering this car. You need to live someplace with curves. The more curves, the better. If you have mountain curves, canyons, and passes, even better.
I live in Colorado, so I have an unfair abundance of these. I feel sorry for you people who are stuck in Florida, as I stole your share of the curvy roads. I'm not sorry about this, however.
What can the car use more of?
Fuel Economy is #1 on that list.
I've been averaging between 16 and 19 in the first 3k miles I have driven mine.
2 inches more rear legroom would also be a nice addition.
A trailer hitch option here in the US would suit my needs too. Why can the UK have a hitch, but not the US?
More hp isn't really needed in this light weight car, but I wouldn't say no. Anywhere between 275 and 350 would drive everyone crazy about this car. But like I said, it's not really needed.
I don't feel bad about trading in my Boxster and Altima for the RX-8, with the sole exception of the lost fuel economy. It really is a great blend of the two cars.
It puts a smile on my face when I take it for a fun drive in the mountains that doesn't go away for hours. Also, it is very light on it's feet in comparison to the Boxster's heavier, very well planted feel.
Sort of like comparing a heavyweight boxer vs a ballerina.