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  • 2009 Mazda RX-8

    #5 in 2009 Affordable Sports Cars

  • 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata

    #1 in 2009 Affordable Sports Cars

  • 2009 Scion tC

    #2 in 2009 Compact Cars

  • Prices

    • MSRP
    • $26,435
    • $22,750
    • $17,000
    • Avg. Paid
    • N/A
    • N/A
    • N/A

    U.S. News Scores

    • Overall
    • 8.0 /10
    • 8.8 /10
    • 8.9 /10
    • Critics' Rating
    • 8.8 /10
    • 9.4 /10
    • 9.1 /10
    • Performance
    • 8.4 /10
    • 8.8 /10
    • 7.8 /10
    • Interior
    • 7.8 /10
    • 6.8 /10
    • 7.8 /10
    • Cost to Own
    • 8.8 /10
    • 9.2 /10
    • 9.3 /10
    • Safety
    • N/A
    • N/A
    • 8.2 /10
    • Reliability
    • 3.0 /5
    • 4.5 /5
    • 5.0 /5

    Pros & Cons

    • Pros
      • Usable back seat
      • Athletic handling
      • Available hard-top convertible model
      • High fuel economy for the class
      • Impressive cargo space for a coupe
      • Standard driver’s knee airbag
      • Standard USB port and Pioneer stereo
    • Cons
      • Poor fuel economy
      • Underpowered engine
      • No available second row
      • Legroom is limited
      • Low fuel economy ratings for the class
      • Poor safety scores

    General Specs

    • Transmission
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Drivetrain
    • Rear Wheel Drive
    • Rear Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Fuel/Engine
    • Gas Rotary 1.3L/80
    • Gas I4 2.0L/122
    • Gas I4 2.4L/144
    • MPG
    • 16 City / 22 Hwy
    • 22 City / 28 Hwy
    • 20 City / 27 Hwy

    Exterior

    Body
    • Body Style
    • 4 Door Coupe
    • 2 Door Convertible
    • 3 Door Hatchback
    Dimensions
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 106.4
    • 91.7
    • 106.3
    • Length, Overall (in.)
    • 175.6
    • 157.3
    • 174.0
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in.)
    • 69.7
    • 67.7
    • 69.1
    • Height, Overall (in.)
    • 52.8
    • 49.0
    • 55.7
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Exterior Features
    • Convertible Soft Top
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Sun/Moon Roof
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Panoramic Roof
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Sun/Moonroof
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Sunroof Sunshield
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Rear Spoiler
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Optional
    Measurements
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs.)
    • 3064
    • 2480
    • 2932
    Tires & Wheels
    • Tires - Front Performance
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tires - Rear Performance
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Compact Spare Tire
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Aluminum Wheels
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Wheel Locks
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Optional
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    Interior

    Convenience & Comfort
    • Alarm
    • Standard
    • Optional
    •  
    • Auxiliary Pwr Outlet
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Cruise Control
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Fog Lamps
    •  
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Auto-Off Headlights
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Interior Cargo Shade
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Luggage Rack
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Front Reading Lamps
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Rear Reading Lamps
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Rear Seat Heat Ducts
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Adjustable Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Steering Wheel Controls
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Trip Computer
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Remote Trunk Release
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Rear Floor Mats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Keyless Entry
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Electrochromic rearview mirror
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Power Mirrors
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Passenger Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Passenger Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Power Steering
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Dimensions
    • Passenger Capacity
    • 4
    • 2
    • 5
    • Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
    • 89.0
    • - TBD -
    • 84.7
    • Front Head Room (in.)
    • 38.2
    • 37.4
    • 37.6
    • Front Leg Room (in.)
    • 42.7
    • 43.1
    • 41.6
    • Front Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 54.8
    • 53.2
    • 54.3
    • Front Hip Room (in.)
    • 53.3
    • 50.6
    • 53.2
    • Second Head Room (in.)
    • 36.8
    •  
    • 36.6
    • Second Leg Room (in.)
    • 32.2
    •  
    • 33.6
    • Second Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 54.9
    •  
    • 50.0
    • Second Hip Room (in.)
    • 48.1
    •  
    • 47.3
    • Trunk Volume (cu. ft.)
    • 7.6
    • 5.3
    • 12.8
    Entertainment
    • AM/FM Stereo
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Audio Input
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • CD Changer
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • CD Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Equalizer
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • MP3 Player
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Satellite Radio
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Premium Sound System
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    Heating & Cooling
    • A/C
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Navigation & Communication
    • Navigation System
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    Seats
    • Cloth Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Seat Memory
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Pass-Through Rear Seat
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • 2nd Row Bench Seat
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Bucket Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Quad Bucket Seats
    • Standard
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    •  
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    Safety

    Airbags
    • Driver Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Rear Head Air Bag
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Front Side Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Brakes
    • 4-Wheel ABS
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Safety Features
    • Child Safety Locks
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
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    Mechanical

    Engine & Performance
    • Locking Rear Differential
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Front Wheel Drive
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Rear Wheel Drive
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rotary engine
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Engine Type
    • Gas Rotary
    • Gas I4
    • Gas I4
    • Displacement
    • 1.3L/80
    • 2.0L/122
    • 2.4L/144
    • Horsepower (Net @ RPM)
    • 232 @ 8500
    • 167 @ 7000
    • 161 @ 6000
    • Torque (Net @ RPM)
    • 159 @ 5500
    • 140 @ 5000
    • 162 @ 4000
    • Transmission
    • Manual w/OD
    • Manual w/OD
    • Manual w/OD
    • Turning diameter
    • 34.8
    • 30.8
    • 36.1
    Fuel
    • Gasoline Fuel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
    • 16
    • 22 (Est)
    • 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
    • 22
    • 28 (Est)
    • 27
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal.)
    • 16.9
    • 12.7
    • 14.5
    Suspension
    • Suspension Type - Front
    • Double Wishbone
    • Double-Wishbone
    • Independent
    • Suspension Type - Rear
    • Multi-Link
    • Multi-link
    • Independent
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
    •  
    •  
    • MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
    •  
    •  
    • Double Wishbone
    Transmission
    • Manual
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 5-Speed Manual
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 6-Speed Manual
    • Standard
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