Compare Mazda RX-8 vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Scion tC

Compare the Mazda RX-8 against the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Scion tC. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the RX-8, MX-5 Miata and tC stack up against each other 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, MX-5 Miata and tC. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

Standard Standard
Optional Optional
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2009 Mazda RX-8 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2009 Scion tC
2009 Mazda RX-8 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2009 Scion tC
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
2dr Conv Man Sport
  • 2dr Conv Man SV
  • 2dr Conv Man Sport
  • 2dr Conv Auto Sport
  • 2dr Conv Man Touring
  • 2dr Conv PRHT Man Sport
  • 2dr Conv Auto Touring
  • 2dr Conv Man Grand Touring
  • 2dr Conv PRHT Man Touring
  • 2dr Conv Auto Grand Touring
  • 2dr Conv PRHT Auto Touring
  • 2dr Conv PRHT Man Grand Touring
  • 2dr Conv PRHT Auto Grand Touring
2dr HB Man (Natl)
  • 2dr HB Man (Natl)
  • 2dr HB Man (GS)
  • 2dr HB Man (SE)
  • 2dr HB Auto (Natl)
  • 2dr HB Auto (GS)
  • 2dr HB Auto (SE)


MSRP $26,435 $22,750 $17,000
Invoice $24,470 $21,030 $16,150
Avg. Paid $10,943 $12,236 $9,848

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.2 8.8 8.9
Critics' Rating 8.8 9.4 9.1
Performance 8.4 8.8 7.8
Interior 7.8 6.8 7.8
Cost to Own 8.9 9.2 9.4
Safety 9.1 N/A 8.2
Reliability 3.0 4.5 5.0

Pros & Cons

  • Usable back seat
  • Athletic handling
  • Available hard-top convertible model
  • Top reliability score in the class
  • High fuel economy for the class
  • Impressive cargo space for a coupe
  • Standard driver’s knee airbag
  • Standard USB port and Pioneer stereo
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Underpowered engine
  • Low reliability score for the class
  • No available second row
  • Legroom is limited
  • Low fuel economy ratings for the class
  • Poor safety scores

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas Rotary 1.3L/80 Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas I4 2.4L/144
MPG 16 City / 22 Hwy 22 City / 28 Hwy 20 City / 27 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Coupe 2 Door Convertible 3 Door Hatchback


Wheelbase(in) 106.4 91.7 106.3
Length, Overall (in) 175.6 157.3 174.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 67.7 69.1
Height, Overall (in) 52.8 49.0 55.7

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Convertible Soft Top Standard
Sun/Moon Roof Standard
Panoramic Roof Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard
Sunroof Sunshield Standard
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3064 2480 2932

Tires & Wheels

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


Convenience & Comfort

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


Passenger Capacity 4 2 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 89.0 - TBD - 84.7
Front Head Room (in) 38.2 37.4 37.6
Front Leg Room (in) 42.7 43.1 41.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 53.2 54.3
Front Hip Room (in) 53.3 50.6 53.2
Second Head Room (in) 36.8 36.6
Second Leg Room (in) 32.2 33.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 50.0
Second Hip Room (in) 48.1 47.3
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 7.6 5.3 12.8


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

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional


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



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


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

Safety Features

Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard


Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Rotary engine Standard
Engine Type Gas Rotary Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 1.3L/80 2.0L/122 2.4L/144
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 232 @ 8500 167 @ 7000 161 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 159 @ 5500 140 @ 5000 162 @ 4000
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 34.8 30.8 36.1


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 22 (Est) 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 28 (Est) 27
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 12.7 14.5


Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Double-Wishbone Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double Wishbone


Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard 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.