2005 Mazda RX-8 Automatic Shinka Special Edition 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 4A)
A beautifully executed design. It looks like no other car on the road. Its handling and engine note border on the exotic at the price of a well equiped Camry. Very competent as a daily driver with the comfortable cabin and nifty rear "suicide" doors. Cross shopped several cars (G35, 350Z, Magnum R/T). Interior build quality head and shoulders above 350Z and Magnum, better than G35. Not quite Audi, but very good. Love the invisible features like aluminum body panels (they sing when you rinse it off), 50/50 weight distribution, etc. Great price too.
Rotary zip. Practical doors. Snick- snick transmission. Great look. Corners like its on rails, man. Loaded with features at a great price. Impression of high quality (accurate).
Could use more torque. Why is 1.3L the max size? Why not 1.6L and another 40-50 horses? Gas mileage iffy. But, in AC weather hard stop- and-go city driving I get about 14-15 mpg. On highway at 85-90 good solid 24mpg. Not terrible.