2005 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Review: Great car, poor mileage

2005 Mazda RX-8 - Consumer Review

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Manual Coupe (1.3L 0-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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Great car, poor mileage
By surfdude on


2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


This car is fantastic! The most fun car to drive I've ever driven. It can hit up to 8000 RPM without any trouble, in fact, its healthy for the car to do this, as it cleans out the engine. Incredible handling: you can literally go around a 90 degree turn at 40 mph without any trouble! While the car doesn't have the acceleration of a corvette or a 350z (5.9 from 0-60), its handling is better than a 350z and rivals that of a corvette. Reason is a 50/50 rear-to-front weighting of the car. There is no 500lb engine under the hood, as the rotary engine isn't a typical heavy engine. Thus, there is no front heavy, back sliding that occurs in a typical car in turns.

Best Features

Handling, handling, handling!!! Did I say handling!?!?! Like I said, equal to a porsche or corvette! no lie!

Worst Features

Mileage: the one downside of this car. The mileage is horrible. I've heard people say "this is a sports car, what'd you expect". Problem with this argument is that the 350z is also a sports car, with better acceleration, and better mileage (and a heavier car)! The poor mileage has just no excuse.
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