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in 2010 Affordable Sports Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $14,395 - $17,440
Original MSRP: $26,645 - $32,810
MPG: 16 City / 22 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Mazda RX-8 Review

Review Last Updated: 4/11/13

The 2010 Mazda RX-8 has an underpowered engine and low reliability score. However, test drivers liked the RX-8’s roomy back seat.

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The 2010 Mazda RX-8 is powered by a 212-horsepower 1.3-liter rotary engine with an automatic transmission. The same rotary engine with the available manual transmission makes 232 horsepower. The RX-8 with an automatic gets an EPA-estimated 16/23 mpg city/highway, which is one of the lowest fuel economy ratings in the class. Test drivers were disappointed with the underpowered rotary engine. However, they said the RX-8 has athletic handling and responsive steering.

Reviewers liked the interior quality of the RX-8. They said the rear-hinged doors make it easy for second-row passengers to get in comfortably. Once inside, the second row is comfortable for most adults. Up front, test drivers had a difficult time finding a comfortable driving position. The trunk is small for the class with only 7.6 cubic feet of cargo space. All RX-8s come standard with cruise control, air conditioning, full power accessories, a six-speaker audio system with a CD player and an auxiliary jack. Available features include heated side mirrors, a sunroof, an eight-way power driver’s seat with memory, heated front seats, leather upholstery, Bluetooth and automatic climate control.

The 2010 Mazda RX-8 has a low reliability score for the class.

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