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R3 model...comes standard with Bluetooth, Bose audio
Exclusive to the Grand Touring model is leather upholstery
Cheap thrills—that's what the 2009 Mazda RX-8 promises, and it delivers for the driving enthusiast who craves corners. Daily drivers aren't entirely forgotten, though, as evidenced by the features list on the Mazda RX-8.
The 2009 Mazda RX-8 offers a range of standard creature comforts across its four-trim lineup. While some automakers tend to skimp on their low-end models, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that even the Mazda RX-8 Sport offers more standard equipment than some competitors. Edmunds reports that the 2009 RX-8 Mazda Sport comes standard with "air-conditioning, cruise control...full power accessories and a six-speaker stereo with CD player." ConsumerGuide also notes that a "digital-media player connection" is included on the Mazda RX-8 Sport, while upgrading to the Touring model brings an "in-dash six-disc CD changer." For those interested in the 2009 RX-8 Mazda in Grand Touring trim, Edmunds says the standard features grow to include "automatic headlights, heated side mirrors...an eight-way power driver seat with memory," and "heated front seats." New for 2009 is the Mazda RX-8 R3, which offers standard "Bluetooth, Bose audio, and a keyless entry and starting system," according to Automobile Magazine.
Mazda is well aware that many 2009 Mazda RX-8 buyers want more than just the standard features, so the company has included an optional package and a few stand-alone upgrades for the Mazda RX-8. However, in order to keep prices down, the overall selection of options is quite limited. ConsumerGuide states that a Premium Package is available for both Mazda RX-8 Touring and Grand Touring vehicles that includes a "power sunroof, Bose sound system (Touring), [and] satellite radio." In terms of stand-alone features, Edmunds says the most noteworthy are "a new touchscreen navigation system with voice commands and a dedicated iPod connection."
The included and available features on the 2009 Mazda RX-8 are nice, but it would be great to see a longer options list.