Compare 2010 Ford Mustang vs 2008 Mazda RX-8

2010 Ford Mustang
2008 Mazda RX-8
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2-Door Conv GT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mustang 2-Door Conv GT 16 24 $30,706 $33,395
Mustang 2-Door Conv GT Premium 16 24 $33,406 $36,395
Mustang 2-Door Conv Shelby GT500 14 22 $46,686 $51,725
Mustang 2-Door Conv V6 18 26 $24,406 $26,395
Mustang 2-Door Conv V6 Premium 18 26 $27,106 $29,395
Mustang 2-Door Coupe GT 16 24 $26,206 $28,395
Mustang 2-Door Coupe GT Premium 16 24 $28,906 $31,395
Mustang 2-Door Coupe Shelby GT500 14 22 $42,236 $46,725
Mustang 2-Door Coupe V6 18 26 $19,906 $21,395
Mustang 2-Door Coupe V6 Premium 18 26 $22,606 $24,395
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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
$30,706
$29,658
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,395
$32,070
Monthly Payment Estimate
$557 / month
$535 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Nostalgia is still a big part of the appeal, but the 2010 Ford Mustang is now every bit a modern, refined sport coupe. 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
24 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Sub-compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
45.2 48.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
81.0 89.0
Second Head Room (in)
36.5 36.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
45.0 54.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.7
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Front Hip Room (in)
53.4 53.3
Second Leg Room (in)
29.8 32.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 36.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.0 58.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.7
Length, Overall (in)
188.2 174.3
Height, Overall (in)
56.1 52.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.6 59.3
Wheelbase (in)
107.1 106.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
80.1 69.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.6 7.6
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.75 11.9 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 1.18 12.7 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 15.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.7 16.43
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 34.8
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.99
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 36.8
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/50WR18 P225/45R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/50WR18 P225/45R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3651 3084
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.2 8.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 100
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
325 @ 4250 159 @ 5500
Engine Order Code
99H NA
Displacement
4.6L/281 1.3L/80
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
315 @ 6000 212 @ 7500
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas Rotary
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection MPFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.32 1.40
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Rear wheel drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.62 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.17
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.00 2.06
Trans Order Code
44F NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.55 4.30
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.58
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.54
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Mustang Mazda RX-8
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 4 Door Coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.34 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
3-link solid axle Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Panhard rod NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.87 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 -

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