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2010 Mazda RX-8

  • 2010 Mazda RX-8 Grand Touring Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      212/159
    • ENGINE
      2.6L R2
    • MSRP
      $32,810
  • 2010 Mazda RX-8 R3 Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      232/159
    • ENGINE
      2.6L R2
    • MSRP
      $32,140
  • 2010 Mazda RX-8 Sport Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      232/159
    • ENGINE
      2.6L R2
    • MSRP
      $26,645
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2010 Mazda RX-8 Review

Peppy rotary sport coupe with plenty of features

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2010 Mazda RX-8 is a four-passenger sport coupe offered in three trim levels: Sport, Grand Touring and R3. Equipped with 1.3 liter Renesis rotary engine churning out 230 horsepower coupled to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, the Mazda RX-8 is the only car in existence with a rotary-powered system.

With an exceptional interior cabin and plenty of leg and headroom, the Mazda RX-8 is driver friendly, modern, and fresh. Among its many features are a three spoke steering wheel, freestyle doors, and lots of space for loading cargo and passenger ingress and egress. However, the Mazda RX-8 is substandard in terms of torque and fuel economy, which is only in the 16 mpg city / 22 mpg highway range.

New for 2010

The 2010 Mazda RX-8 is unchanged from the year before.

Essentials

Engine: 1.3L rotary
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Body Style: Coupe
Trims: Sport Coupe, Grand Touring Coupe, R3 Coupe

On the Outside

Combining flowing, organic lines with sharp, athletic angles, the Mazda RX-8's low stance and standard 18-inch alloy wheels shout "speed." With the R3 trim, the "High Quality Dynamism" is evidenced by contoured side skirts, a rear spoiler, and fog lights.

From the Inside

Within, the Mazda RX-8 boasts power windows and door locks, bucket sport seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and air conditioning. The Grand Touring trim makes a seven-inch touch LCD navigation system optional.

Driving Performance

Short for "rotary engine genesis," the Mazda RX-8's Renesis engine puts out two levels of power, depending on the transmission, that is, 212 horsepower and 158 pound-feet of torque with the six-speed automatic or 232 horsepower or 158 pound-feet with the six-speed manual transmission. The six-speed manual transmission can reach 9000 rpm, while the automatic is limited to 7500 rpm.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Mazda RX-8 includes front, side, and curtain airbags; an alarm with immobilizer; and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution. The Grand Touring and R3 trim levels add dynamic stability control.

Gas Mileage

16 mpg city/22 mpg highway (manual); 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway (automatic)

Plusses

  • Innovative styling
  • Smooth rotary engine
  • Sporty interior appointments
  • Nimble handling

Minuses

  • Lack of torque
  • Poor gas mileage

Rating

Peppy rotary sport coupe with plenty of features

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