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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
comes with just the normal stuff...although it's very well-executed
instrument panel seems to sacrifice efficiency for style
If you like constant reminders that you're running a Wankel rotary engine under the hood, you'll appreciate the accessories on the Mazda RX-8.
In fact, according to Cars.com, almost every device in the Mazda 2008 beats you over the head in reminding you, "Yes, this vehicle is indeed powered by Dr. Felix Wankel's ingenious motor." According to Cars.com, "front head restraints, side sill covers and shift lever have a triangular shape to suggest the engine's rotors."
TheCarConnection.com notes that the 2008 Mazda RX-8 offers four trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and 40th Anniversary model. Power windows, air conditioning, tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls, cruise control, power mirrors and door locks, and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with six-CD changer are included as standard equipment on all trim levels.
Moving up the ladder, additional features include a power sunroof, universal garage door opener, leather upholstery, heated front seats, eight-way power driver seat, heated power mirrors, and keyless access and starting. The 40th Anniversary trim offers a nine-speaker, 300-watt Bose system, but lacks an MP3 player hookup, according to Jalopnik.
The top trim, Grand Touring, adds the option of Sirius Satellite Radio and a navigation system, although these will add to the $31,000-plus price tag. ForbesAutos points out that most of the options for the 2008 Mazda RX-8 are available only as package deals on the various trims.
You may very well enjoy the 2008 Mazda RX-8 2008 for its features, but be prepared to shell out for them--and learn to love the triangle.