2009 Mazda RX-8 vs. Its Competition

2009 Mazda RX-8 Sport
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

If you're looking for alternatives to the RX-8, you won't find any other models that provide the same combination of responsiveness, backseat space, and an affordable price.

The BMW M Coupe and Porsche Cayman are sportscars that provide very impressive performance, but neither of them quite has the sharp, connected go-kart-like handling of the RX-8; however, both the BMW and the Porsche have torquey, powerful six-cylinder engines that are easier to live with.

The edgy Honda R2000 roadster has a feel on the road that's comparable in some ways to that of the Mazda RX-8, with crisp handling and a peaky, high-revving engine, but the RX-8 has a quiet enough cabin for occasional road trips—and a backseat for occasional extra passengers.

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Quick Specs
If you want a sprightly, track-ready sports coupe with head-turning looks and a little extra space, the 2009 Mazda RX-8 will put a smile on your face.
The 2008 Honda S2000 is a purist's sports car, with the resulting compromises in room and refinement.
The 2008 Porsche Cayman can be just as much of a blast to drive as the flagship 911 sports car; if you watch the options, it’s a deal, too.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas RotaryGas I4Gas Flat 6-cyl
EPA Class  
Sub-compactTwo SeaterTwo-Seater
Style Name  
4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport2-Door Convertible2-Door Coupe
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door Coupe2 Door Convertible2 Door Coupe
Automatic w/ODManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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