Compare 2009 BMW 1-Series vs 2009 Mazda RX-8

2009 BMW 1-Series
2009 Mazda RX-8
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2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 128i 18 28 $27,050 $29,400
2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i 18 28 $27,050 $29,400
2-Door Convertible 128i 18 28 $31,280 $34,000
2-Door Convertible SULEV 128i 18 28 $31,280 $34,000
2-Door Coupe 135i 17 25 $32,980 $35,850
2-Door Convertible 135i 17 26 $36,940 $40,150
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4-Door Coupe Manual Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport 16 23 $24,470 $26,435
4-Door Coupe Manual Sport 16 22 $24,470 $26,435
4-Door Coupe Manual Touring 16 22 $25,785 $27,860
4-Door Coupe Automatic Touring 16 23 $26,430 $28,560
4-Door Coupe Manual Grand Touring 16 22 $28,681 $31,000
4-Door Coupe Automatic Grand Touring 16 23 $29,326 $31,700
4-Door Coupe Manual R3 16 22 $29,538 $31,930
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,050
$24,470
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,400
$26,435
Monthly Payment Estimate
$490 / month
$441 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Has the 3-Series become too portly, expensive, and upscale? If you think so, the 2009 BMW 1-Series might make you happier. If you want a sprightly, track-ready sports coupe with head-turning looks and a little extra space, the 2009 Mazda RX-8 will put a smile on your face.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Sub-compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 36.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 54.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 42.7
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 89.0
Second Leg Room (in)
32.0 32.2
Front Head Room (in)
37.9 38.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 48.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 54.8
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.7
Length, Overall (in)
172.2 175.6
Height, Overall (in)
56.0 52.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 59.3
Wheelbase (in)
104.7 106.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
58.3 59.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10 7.6
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.9 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 12.7 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 16.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.43
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 34.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.99
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 36.8
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/50R17 P225/45R18
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/50R17 P225/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3252 3064
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 18 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
70 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas Rotary
Fuel System
EFI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 2750 159 @ 5500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 1.3L/80
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
230 @ 6500 232 @ 8500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
5 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 16
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.46 2.26
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 4.78
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.18
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.79
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.32 3.82
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - 9.29
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 1.54
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
BMW 1 Series Mazda RX-8
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Fully Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Pivot Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Type NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 4

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