2009 Mazda RX-8  -  $27,185


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $27,185
Base Invoice: $25,220
Destination Charge: $750
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Cpe Man Sport
Doors: 2
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 18 | City: 16 | Hwy: 22
Body Style: 4dr Cpe Man Sport
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission w/OD & short-throw shifter
Engine: 1.3L RENESIS MPFI 2-rotor rotary engine

Pros

Unique, high-revving RENESIS rotary engine, free-flow door system with room for four adults, excellent handling.


Model Highlights

The 2009 Mazda RX-8 is the perfect compromise between a pure sports car and a sports sedan. The high-revving rotary engine sounds like nothing else, and the free-flow door system allows four adults easy access to the front and rear seats. The rear seat features a handy fold-down center section that allows long items like skis to extend from the trunk into the cabin.

All RX-8 trim levels--Sport, Touring, Grand Touring and the sporty new R3--are powered by a 1.3-liter Wankel rotary engine. The R3 comes only with a 6-speed manual, while all other RX-8s come equipped with either the 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The manual-equipped car produces 232 hp with a 9,000 rpm redline, while the automatic cars put out 212 hp at 7,500 rpm. The manual version achieves 22 mpg and the automatic, 23 mpg on the highway.

Standard convenience and safety equipment across the model range includes keyless entry, air conditioning, alarm, cruise control, power windows, tire pressure monitor, anti-lock brakes and front, side and curtain airbags.

Touring and Grand Touring models add Xenon headlights and 6-disc CD changer, plus optional power moonroof and Sirius satellite radio. Unique to the Grand Touring car are heated leather seats with power adjustment and automatic climate control. DVD navigation is optional on the Grand Touring.

The R3 is a more performance-oriented model and includes a stiffer suspension with Bilstein shocks, 19-inch aluminum wheels, more supportive Recaro front seats, premium Bose stereo, Bluetooth hands-free phone access and rear spoiler.


Model News

For 2009, Mazda's RX-8 gets a restyling that is more "evolution" than "revolution." The front fascia has been updated, with a deeper grille and more aggressive headlights, while the back end features larger exhaust pipes. Inside, the RX-8 gets new seats as well as a revised center console.

Inside, the steering wheel and instrument cluster have been revamped and the tachometer features a "variable red zone," which gets higher as the high-revving Wankel rotary engine warms up to optimal temperature. Other mechanical changes include a revised gear ratio for sportier acceleration, a stiffer front end and revised rear suspension geometry. Fuel tank capacity has increased to 17 gallons.

Sport models get 18-inch wheels and larger front disc brakes. Touring models now incorporate the Performance Package, while adding auto-dimming mirrors, Homelink, and 6-disc CD stereo. Grand Touring cars gain automatic climate control, Bluetooth, rain-sensing wipers, and three-position seat memory.

A new R3 Sport Package positioned above Grand Touring adds a stiffer suspension with Bilstein shocks, 19-inch aluminum wheels, more supportive Recaro front seats, premium Bose stereo, Bluetooth hands-free phone access and rear spoiler. Last year's 40th Anniversary model has been dropped.


Value Writeup

The 2009 Mazda RX-8 offers a unique driving experience in the automobile world. Not only is the twin-rotor 1.3-liter RENESIS rotary engine the only one of its kind, but no other car in the class offers four doors. Add to the mix an attractive entry price, and the RX-8 easily competes with the Infiniti G35 coupe, Nissan 350Z coupe, and BMW 3-Series coupe.

Mazda has worked to refine the Wankel rotary engine, and the powerplant benefits from fewer moving parts and much better balance than traditional combustion engines. The RX-8's perfect 50-50 weight distribution equates to crisp, nimble handling in all conditions.


Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
22 MPG

Cruising Range - City
270.40 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
16 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
18 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
371.80 mi

Engine Type
Gas Rotary

Displacement
1.3L/80

Fuel System
MPFI

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
232 @ 8500

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5500

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.82

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.26

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.54

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.18

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.79

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60

Clutch Size
9.29 in

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.78

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110

Total Cooling System Capacity
9.4 qts

EPA Classification
Sub-compact

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4

Passenger Capacity
4

Passenger Volume
89.0 ft³

Front Head Room
38.2 in

Front Leg Room
42.7 in

Front Shoulder Room
54.8 in

Front Hip Room
53.3 in

Second Head Room
36.8 in

Second Leg Room
32.2 in

Second Shoulder Room
54.9 in

Second Hip Room
48.1 in

Wheelbase
106.4 in

Length, Overall
175.6 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
69.7 in

Height, Overall
52.8 in

Track Width, Front
59.1 in

Track Width, Rear
59.3 in

Min Ground Clearance
4.7 in

Trunk Volume
7.6 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3064 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link

Front Tire Size
P225/45R18

Rear Tire Size
P225/45R18

Front Wheel Size
18 x 8.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
18 x 8.0 in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.43

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.99

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
34.8 ft

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall
36.8 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.7 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.9 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
16.9 gal

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
60,000

Roadside Assistance Years
3

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
36,000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
16V354000

Mfg's Report Date
MAY 25, 2016

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
495,348

Summary
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2011 RX-8, 2004-2006 MPV, 2003-2008 Mazda6, and 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, Mazda is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 RX-8, 2004-2006 MPV, 2003-2008 Mazda6 vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Lastly, unless included in "Zone A" or "Zone B" above, Mazda is recalling certain model year 2004 Mazda RX-8 and MPV, 2003-2004 Mazda6 vehicles originally s...

Consequence
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 15, 2016. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 9416E.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Frontal Driver

Frontal Passenger

Side Driver

Side Rear Passenger

Crash Test Note
Results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.

NHTSA Rollover Rating

Rollover Note
The Rollover Resistance Rating is an estimate of your risk of rolling over if you have a single vehicle crash. It does not predict the likelihood of that crash. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is. The more "top-heavy" the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over. The lowest rated vehicles (1-star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (5-stars).

1.3L RENESIS MPFI 2-rotor rotary engine

6-speed manual transmission w/OD & short-throw shifter

Lightweight carbon fiber driveshaft

Variable dynamic effect intake system

Torque sensing limited slip differential

Rear wheel drive

Sport-tuned suspension

Independent double-wishbone front suspension -inc: gas shocks

Independent multi-link rear suspension -inc: gas shocks

Front/rear stabilizer bars

Shock tower brace

Direct drive electric pwr rack & pinion steering

4-wheel pwr ventilated disc brakes

Low pressure main muffler exhaust

Single exhaust system w/dual chrome tailpipes

18" x 8" aluminum alloy wheels w/locks

P225/45R18 tires

Rear lip spoiler

Halogen headlights

Heat absorbent tinted windshield w/sunshade

Body-color pwr mirrors

Free style doors

Variable-intermittent windshield wipers

AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: digital clock, (6) speakers, aux input jack

In-glass rear antenna

Cloth front bucket seats -inc: integrated head restraints, passenger one touch walk-in function

Rear bucket seats w/pass-through

Center console w/pwr outlet

Front/rear carpeted floor mats

Black scuff plates w/aluminum accents

Aluminum foot pedals & footrest

Leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel w/cruise & audio controls

Black gauges -inc: chrome bezels, white lettering, blue LED illumination w/red nighttime illumination

(2) resettable trip odometers

Outside temp display

Warning lamps -inc: airbags, battery, brake, engine, fuel, high-beam, oil, seat belt, tire pressure

Pwr windows -inc: one-touch open/close, remote down, illuminated switches

Pwr door locks w/illuminated switches

Remote keyless entry w/illuminated entry

Remote fuel door/hood/trunk lid release

Alarm system w/engine immobilizer

Air conditioning

Rear window defogger w/auto-off feature

Rear heat ducts

Illuminated locking glove compartment

Cigarette lighter w/ash tray

Overhead console w/sunglass holder

Cloth-trimmed door panels

Illuminated visor vanity mirrors

Lighting -inc: ignition key, door/overhead dimming, dual maplights

Aluminum & leather-wrapped shift knob

Cup holders -inc: (2) front, (2) rear

Rear console w/covered storage

Anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)

Driver & front passenger airbags w/passenger sensor

Driver & front passenger side airbags

Driver & front passenger curtain airbags

Front 3-point seat belts -inc: pretensioners, force limiters

Tire pressure monitoring system

 
NATIONAL REGION
$0

 
ALASKA REGION
$45

 
FEDERAL EMISSIONS
$0

 
LEV EMISSIONS EQUIPMENT
$0

 
SOLID PAINT
$0

 
PEARL PAINT CHARGE
$200

 
SUNLIGHT SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
DIAMOND GRAY METALLIC
$0

 
SPARKLING BLACK MICA
$0

 
VELOCITY RED MICA
$0

 
CRYSTAL WHITE PEARL
$0

 
BLACK, CLOTH SEAT TRIM
$0

 
IN-DASH 6-DISC CD/MP3 CHANGER
$500

 
COLLAPSIBLE CARGO CARRIER
$60

 
CARGO NET
$40

 
CARGO ORGANIZER
$70

 
CARGO TRAY
$50

 
DOOR EDGE GUARDS
$75

 
ALL-WEATHER FLOOR MATS
$78

 
FRONT & REAR MUD GUARDS
$320

 
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO
$430

 
SHOCK SENSOR ALARM
$60

 
SPARE TIRE KIT
$395

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