Compare Mazda RX-8 vs. Mitsubishi Eclipse

Compare the Mazda RX-8 against the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the RX-8 stacks up against the Eclipse in terms of performance, features, safety, prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new RX-8 or Eclipse. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2009 Mazda RX-8 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse
2009 Mazda RX-8 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse
4dr Cpe Man Sport
  • 4dr Cpe Man Sport
  • 4dr Cpe Auto Sport
  • 4dr Cpe Man Touring
  • 4dr Cpe Auto Touring
  • 4dr Cpe Man Grand Touring
  • 4dr Cpe Auto Grand Touring
  • 4dr Cpe Man R3
3dr Cpe Man GS
  • 3dr Cpe Man GS
  • 3dr Cpe Auto GS
  • 3dr Cpe Man GT
  • 3dr Cpe Auto GT
  • 2dr Spyder Man GS
  • 2dr Spyder Auto GS
  • 2dr Spyder Man GT
  • 2dr Spyder Auto GT


MSRP $26,435 $20,249  
Invoice $24,470 $19,149
Avg. Paid $10,943 $9,180

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.2 7.9  
Critics' Rating 8.8 7.6
Performance 8.4 7.6
Interior 7.8 7.4
Cost to Own 8.9 9.1
Safety 9.1 9.7
Reliability 3.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • Usable back seat
  • Athletic handling
  • Good fuel economy for the class
  • Large cargo hold
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Underpowered engine
  • Low reliability score for the class
  • Poor rear visibility

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual  
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas Rotary 1.3L/80 Gas I4 2.4L/145
MPG 16 City / 22 Hwy 20 City / 28 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Coupe 3 Door Coupe  


Wheelbase(in) 106.4 101.4  
Length, Overall (in) 175.6 180.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 72.2
Height, Overall (in) 52.8 53.5

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional  
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Sunroof Wind Deflector Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3064 3263  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard  
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Standard Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Luggage Rack Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Optional
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 4 4  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 89.0 81.6
Front Head Room (in) 38.2 38.5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.7 42.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 54.2
Front Hip Room (in) 53.3 53.7
Second Head Room (in) 36.8 34.6
Second Leg Room (in) 32.2 29.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 51.2
Second Hip Room (in) 48.1 44.4
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 7.6 15.7


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Changer Optional Optional
CD Player Standard Standard
MP3 Player Optional Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard  


Cloth Seats Standard Standard  
Driver Lumbar Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Daytime Running Lights Standard  
Emergency Trunk Release Standard


Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard  
Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
Rotary engine Standard
Engine Type Gas Rotary Gas I4
Displacement 1.3L/80 2.4L/145
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 232 @ 8500 162 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 159 @ 5500 162 @ 4000
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 34.8 40


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 17.7


Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone MacPherson Strut  
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs


Manual Standard Standard  
5-Speed Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.