Compare 2009 Dodge Challenger vs 2008 Mazda RX-8

2009 Dodge Challenger
2008 Mazda RX-8
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2-Door Coupe R/T
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Challenger 2-Door Coupe R/T 16 25 $28,170 $30,220
Challenger 2-Door Coupe SE 17 25 $20,890 $22,220
Challenger 2-Door Coupe SRT8 13 19 $37,270 $40,220
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4-Door Coupe Automatic 40th Anniversary
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RX-8 4-Door Coupe Automatic 40th Anniversary 16 23 $29,658 $32,070
RX-8 4-Door Coupe Automatic Grand Touring 16 23 $29,380 $31,770
RX-8 4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport 16 23 $24,458 $26,435
RX-8 4-Door Coupe Automatic Touring 16 23 $28,057 $30,335
RX-8 4-Door Coupe Manual 40th Anniversary 16 22 $29,011 $31,370
RX-8 4-Door Coupe Manual Grand Touring 16 22 $28,735 $31,070
RX-8 4-Door Coupe Manual Sport 16 22 $24,458 $26,435
RX-8 4-Door Coupe Manual Touring 16 22 $27,318 $29,535
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,170
$29,658
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,220
$32,070
Monthly Payment Estimate
$504 / month
$535 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Let the burnouts begin! The Ford Mustang finally has another domestic competitor. The 2008 Mazda RX-8 has a strange appeal: It's a sportscar with soft handling and seating for four.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize sedan Sub-compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54.6 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
91.5 89.0
Second Leg Room (in)
32.6 32.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 36.7
Second Hip Room (in)
48.6 48.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 54.8
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 36.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 54.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 42.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.1 59.3
Wheelbase (in)
116.0 106.4
Liftover Height (in)
33.0 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.7 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
63.0 58.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.7
Length, Overall (in)
197.7 174.3
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 52.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.2 7.6
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 x 1.1 12.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Yes 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 0.4 11.9 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.0 15.9
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.75 2.99
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 36.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 16.43
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.9 34.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/55VR18 P225/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
TWN NA
Front Tire Size
P235/55VR18 P225/45R18
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
TWN NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3937 3084
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.7 8.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
730 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 100
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
401 @ 4200 159 @ 5500
Engine Order Code
EZH NA
Displacement
5.7L/345 1.3L/80
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
372 @ 5200 212 @ 7500
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas Rotary
Fuel System
SMPI MPFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.40
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 2.06
Trans Order Code
DGJ NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.06 4.30
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.58
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 3.54
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Challenger Mazda RX-8
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
SLA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
five-link NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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