The rotary engine is INCREDIBLY
smooth. Acceleration is linear and
power builds quickly as you climb the
tach. This thing loves to rev all the
way to 9,000 RPM!!!
Gas mileage sucks! I average 17 - 18
MPG and thats 50/50 highway and city
As a daily driver the comfort is top
notch and the ergonomics are well
thought out. The handling of this car
is absolutely NUTS...the best I have
ever driven. Excellent in traffic and
The RX-8 is a driving enthusiasts wet
dream...you won't own the drag strip
but when you consider the car as total
package and then look at the price you
just can't beat it.
Beefy fender flares and nice fat
wheels and tires
Interior lighting of controls and
Usable back seat
Tight Gearbox (Short throw)
HP Increase via Turbo option
Auto up and down for all windows
Automatic climate control (available
in Canada but not US?!)
I love my RX-8 -- after 30 yrs of kid-
hauling minivans and station wagons,
it's pure joy.
Two concerns -- recalls and using oil.
Two recall notices already -- of course
it's a new vehicle and the dealer
handled the problem quickly.
The other concern I have is that the
car seems to use oil. The dealer is
documenting this problem in case we
have to make some kind of claim ... on
two road trips, the "check engine"
light came on, and the oil was slightly
low. This is a big concern to me, and
one that I haven't seen addressed
I love the car, but I want it to be
solid for the long haul, so I'm going
to wait and see.
Definitely the back seats ... such a
nice touch for a sports car.
Dash lights up when key is turned;
sometimes you think your headlights are
on when you start driving. Tiny green
icon indicates when headlights are on,
but when dash lights up, I forget about
Bought it for the Zoom Zoom factor and
got a bonus. Normally when taking a
long drive for a couple hours I get
back pain, pain in the left hip and
legs. This is due to some medical
conditions that I cannot change. The
second day I had the car, my son and I
took it for a short spin in the
country. After about 6 hours and 450
miles we returned. When I got out of
the car, I felt like I had just gone
around the corner, no pain! Get the GT
package for the seats if nothing else.
Seating is not bad in the back either.
I had a couple of friends that are 6'1"
in the back the other day with no
complaints. More room than my RX4.
The zoom zoom is there and it will do
the 148 that Mazda claims almost
effortlessly. Drop from 6th to 4th at
70 and 2 seconds later, you will see 3
digits on the speedo. Shifting at 8500
from 1st to 2nd gives a nice chirp at
40 and then from 2nd to 3rd at 8500
will do the same at 74.
This review is based upon 1,000 miles of
The RX-8 is, quite simply, the best
performance automobile I've ever driven.
The handling is nothing short of
superb. It drives like a race car, and
once you learn to deal with the unique
power curve of the rotary engine,
produces a speed-thrill every time you
crank it up. It is very comparable to
European exotics that cost a great deal
more money, and at an average US$30K
price point, it's the greatest
enthusiast car bargain ever sold. Go
test drive one right now; you will not
Incredible performance/cost ratio and a
"fun-factor" that is off the scale.
Interior materials and workmanship are
far above its price point.
A heads-up display for tach and speedo.
You need to keep your eyes on the road
with this car.
FUN, FUN, FUN and more FUN!!! The rx8
although pretty pricy when at the gas
station is well worth the fill up. You
will find yourself filling the car up
all the time because it's so fun to
drive. If you have the $$$ or even if
you don't you should def. get yourself
into one of these. Take it for some
turn and hear that rotary rev. (even
w/ 4 heads in the car)
Awesome ride, awesome design & a great
all around car.
ROTARY SOUND, INTERIOR DEISGN, 18"
WHEELS, STEERING WHEEL, COCKPIT LIKE
DESING --- and many more!!!