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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