2005 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Review: Head Turner

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


Great looking car in Velocity Red Mica. Good lines, and the suicide doors prompt plenty of interest. Adults fit in the back comfortably if the front-seaters scoot up a bit. Plenty of head room. The rotary lacks impressive stoplight torque, but the ponies wind up quickly. It's a great passer - drop to 3rd, floor it, and you're blowing their doors off just before you slip back out of the oncoming traffic. The gas mileage is poor for a smaller car - I'm getting about 21 mpg when driving smoothly on the back roads at about 65 mph. I shudder to think how bad it would be if I frequently drove aggressively. Premium vs regular makes no difference.

Best Features

The double Wankel, suicide doors, surprising back seat room, Velocity Red Mica.

Worst Features

Better mileage, better low-end torque.
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