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

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.38 3.54

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

NA -

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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