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2010 Mazda RX-8 Review

The 2010 Mazda RX-8 has an underpowered engine and poor fuel economy. However, test drivers liked the RX-8’s roomy back seat.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable second row
  • Responsive steering
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Weak engine




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2010 Mazda RX-8 Overview

The 2010 Mazda RX-8 is powered by a 212-horsepower 1.3-liter rotary engine with an automatic transmission. The same rotary engine with the available manual transmission makes 232 horsepower. The RX-8 with an automatic gets an EPA-estimated 16/23 mpg city/highway, which is one of the lowest fuel economy ratings in the class. Test drivers were disappointed with the underpowered rotary engine. However, they said the RX-8 has athletic handling and responsive steering.

Reviewers liked the interior quality of the RX-8. They said the rear-hinged doors make it easy for second-row passengers to get in comfortably. Once inside, the second row is comfortable for most adults. Up front, test drivers had a difficult time finding a comfortable driving position. The trunk is small for the class with only 7.6 cubic feet of cargo space. All RX-8s come standard with cruise control, air conditioning, full power accessories, a six-speaker audio system with a CD player and an auxiliary jack. Available features include heated side mirrors, a sunroof, an eight-way power driver’s seat with memory, heated front seats, leather upholstery, Bluetooth and automatic climate control.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2010 Ford Mustang is a great choice for shoppers looking for powerful engines. The Mustang also has some of the highest safety scores in the class.

Reviewers liked the 2010 Mazda Miata’s zippy four-cylinder engine and athletic handling.

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