2010 Mazda RX-8 vs. Its Competition

2010 Mazda RX-8
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

You’ll be hard-pressed to find another model that provides the same combination of responsiveness, backseat space, and an affordable price.

BMW’s new Z4 fills the roles of the old Z4 convertible and M Roadster together.

The new Z4 is much more expensive than the RX-8, yet could draw comparisons; they’re both sports cars, but the new BMW Z4 is a much more grown-up grand-tourer.

The Cayman is an amazing sports car, with excellent handling and high-speed stability, but it doesn’t quite have the sharp, connected go-kart-like feel at low speeds that the RX-8 has.

But both the BMW and the Porsche have torquey, powerful six-cylinder engines that are easier to live with.

Another alternative, if you only need two seats, is the Miata with the available power retractable hardtop.

That model, called the PRHT, sells for about the same as a base RX-8; to TheCarConnection.com, the RX-8 is more exciting, but the Miata is a more fuel-efficient, easier-to-maintain choice.

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The 2010 Mazda RX-8 is one of the few true track-ready sports cars you can get that actually has a backseat; the RX-8 is practical, but not too much so.
7.8
The 2011 BMW Z4 is an exhilarating sports car, and one of the better choices for touring, but next to other roadsters it's pricey.
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The 2008 Porsche Cayman can be just as much of a blast to drive as the flagship 911 sports car; if you watch the options, it’s a deal, too.
MSRP From  
$26,645$47,450$49,400
Gas Mileage  
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas RotaryGas I6Gas Flat 6-cyl
EPA Class  
Sub-compactTwo-SeaterTwo-Seater
Style Name  
4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport2-Door Roadster sDrive30i2-Door Coupe
Drivetrain  
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
422
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Coupe2 Dr Conv2 Door Coupe
Transmission  
Automatic w/ODManualManual