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Exclusive to the Grand Touring model is leather upholstery
Impressive feature content
R3 model...comes standard with Bluetooth, Bose audio
The 2010 Mazda RX-8 provides all the feature content necessary for cheap thrills, and those willing to move up in price can opt for some significant technology and entertainment features.
Most of the expected creature comforts are covered across the 2010 RX-8’s 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 2010 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." The rack-oriented Mazda RX-8 R3 also brings more conveniences, including standard "Bluetooth, Bose audio, and a keyless entry and starting system," according to Automobile Magazine.
Edmunds says that one of the most noteworthy stand-alone options is "a new touchscreen navigation system with voice commands," while 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."
There are, however, a few functional complaints with these features and ergonomics in general in the RX-8. ConsumerGuide doesn’t like that "when the console cupholders are in use, shifting the manual transmission is awkward." Automobile Magazine devotes quite a bit of space to criticizing the stereo controls and is disappointed to find that in the Mazda RX-8, "the channel selector is on the left, and the volume control is a large, centrally located knob," which results in reviewers "changing the station when [they] really only wanted to change the volume."
The 2010 Mazda RX-8 has a decent list of features for a sports car, but its options list is brief.