By redleg65 on
2009 Mazda RX-8 Sport 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6A)
Ok, I purchased a 09 with 503 miles on it: Used. I guess a guy bought it for a month and traded it, so I ended up with great deal for 19k out the door. Besides price the car is basically a Mazda 3 with a very nice body style. Having owned a Mustang GT, Pontiac Grand Prix GXP, Maxima, G35 in recent years, this vehicle tops bang for the buck. Style is key since laser radar is everywhere now a days, but cruising in this is awesome. Smooth and you get plenty of looks, just don't race anyone unless you buy the higher end model. Interior is tight, drives on rails: reminds me of my G35. Reliability seems to be good, 95% of it is made in Japan.
Styling, handling, fit/finish, styling
Slighly more horsepower for the base and better center console. Eliminate the ugly paddles for shifting/stupid looking on a very nice dash.