Compare 2008 Mazda RX-8 vs 2010 Ford Mustang

2008 Mazda RX-8
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4-Door Coupe Manual Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport 16 23 $24,458 $26,435
4-Door Coupe Manual Sport 16 22 $24,458 $26,435
4-Door Coupe Manual Touring 16 22 $27,318 $29,535
4-Door Coupe Automatic Touring 16 23 $28,057 $30,335
4-Door Coupe Manual Grand Touring 16 22 $28,735 $31,070
4-Door Coupe Manual 40th Anniversary 16 22 $29,011 $31,370
4-Door Coupe Automatic Grand Touring 16 23 $29,380 $31,770
4-Door Coupe Automatic 40th Anniversary 16 23 $29,658 $32,070
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2-Door Coupe V6
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe V6 18 26 $19,906 $21,395
2-Door Coupe V6 Premium 18 26 $22,606 $24,395
2-Door Convertible V6 18 26 $24,406 $26,395
2-Door Coupe GT 16 24 $26,206 $28,395
2-Door Convertible V6 Premium 18 26 $27,106 $29,395
2-Door Coupe GT Premium 16 24 $28,906 $31,395
2-Door Convertible GT 16 24 $30,706 $33,395
2-Door Convertible GT Premium 16 24 $33,406 $36,395
2-Door Coupe Shelby GT500 14 22 $42,236 $46,725
2-Door Convertible Shelby GT500 14 22 $46,686 $51,725
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,458
$19,906
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,435
$21,395
Monthly Payment Estimate
$441 / month
$357 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Mazda RX-8 has a strange appeal: It's a sportscar with soft handling and seating for four. Nostalgia is still a big part of the appeal, but the 2010 Ford Mustang is now every bit a modern, refined sport coupe.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
32.2 29.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 38.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.0 83.3
Second Hip Room (in)
48.1 46.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 55.3
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 34.7
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 51.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.7 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 53.4
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 80.1
Track Width, Front (in)
58.9 62.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
174.3 188.1
Height, Overall (in)
52.8 55.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 62.9
Wheelbase (in)
106.4 107.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.6 13.4
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.7 x - TBD - 11.5 x 1.18
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)
11.9 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.75
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 16
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.99 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
36.8 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.43 15.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 33.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R18 P215/60R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R18 P215/60R17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3053 3400
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.7 12.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
1.3L/80 4.0L/245
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
232 @ 8500 210 @ 5300
Engine Type
Gas Rotary Gas V6
Fuel System
MPFI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5500 240 @ 3500
Engine Order Code
NA 99N
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 21
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
9.29 - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.65 1.41
Trans Type
6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear wheel drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.56 3.53
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.27 2.19
Trans Order Code
NA 44F
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.44 3.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.76 3.75
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda RX-8 Ford Mustang
Body Style
4 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.13
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 3-link solid axle
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Panhard rod
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone MacPherson strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 8.9

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