2008 Mazda RX-8 vs. Its Competition

2008 Mazda RX-8 40th Anniversary
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Among rear-drive coupes with 200 to 300 horsepower, the competition for the Mazda RX-8 is largely made up of musclecars.

The Ford Mustang has four-passenger seating, a V-8 option, manual and automatic transmissions, and a convertible option.

The Dodge Challenger is new for 2008, and in 2009, a V-6 version will become available.

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe arrives early in 2009 as a 2010 model; it will use a high-powered V-6 and a rear-drive chassis.

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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2008 Mazda RX-8 has a strange appeal: It's a sportscar with soft handling and seating for four.
8.4
Nostalgia is still a big part of the appeal, but the 2010 Ford Mustang is now every bit a modern, refined sport coupe.
8.2
The 2010 Hyundai Genesis is a power play for luxury credibility-and it's just about the equal of mid-size luxury rivals from Lexus and Infiniti.
7.8
Let the burnouts begin! The Ford Mustang finally has another domestic competitor.
MSRP From   
$26,435$21,395$33,000$22,220
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas RotaryGas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
Sub-compactCompactLarge carMidsize sedan
Style Name   
4-Door Coupe Manual Sport2-Door Coupe V64-Door Sedan 3.8L V62-Door Coupe SE
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4455
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManualAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Mazda RX-8 vs. 2010 Ford Mustang2008 Mazda RX-8 vs. 2010 Hyundai Genesis2008 Mazda RX-8 vs. 2009 Dodge Challenger