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2011 Mazda RX-8 2011 Chevrolet Camaro 2011 Nissan 370Z
     
4dr Cpe Man Sport
  • 4dr Cpe Man Sport
  • 4dr Cpe Auto Sport
  • 4dr Cpe Man Grand Touring
  • 4dr Cpe Man R3
  • 4dr Cpe Auto Grand Touring
Coupe 1LS
  • Coupe 1LS
  • Coupe 2LS
  • Coupe 1LT
  • Coupe 2LT
  • Convertible 1LT
  • Convertible 2LT
2dr Cpe Manual
  • 2dr Cpe Manual
  • 2dr Cpe Auto
  • 2dr Cpe Manual Touring
  • 2dr Cpe Auto Touring
  • 2dr Roadster Manual
  • 2dr Roadster Auto
  • 2dr Cpe Manual NISMO
  • 2dr Roadster Manual Touring
  • 2dr Roadster Auto Touring
 

Prices

MSRP $26,795 $22,805 $31,450
Invoice $24,819 $21,893 $29,464
Avg. Paid $15,461 $16,355 $22,035

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.0 8.3 8.1
Critics' Rating 8.4 9.0 8.4
Performance 8.3 8.5 8.5
Interior 7.7 6.0 7.2
Operating Cost 7.6 7.6 7.8
Safety N/A N/A N/A
Reliability 3.0 4.0 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Roomy second row
  • Nimble handling
  • Athletic handling
  • Powerful base engine
  • Good fuel economy
  • Good reliability score
  • Responsive steering
  • Accelerates quickly
  • Balanced ride
Cons
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Underpowered engine
  • Cramped back seat
  • Poor rearward visibility
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Engine vibrations at higher RPM

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear wheel drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas Rotary 1.3L/80 Gas V6 3.6L/217 Gas V6 3.7L/- TBD -
MPG 16 City / 22 Hwy 17 City / 28 Hwy 18 City / 26 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.3 112.3 100.4
Length, Overall (in) 175.6 190.4 167.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 75.5 72.6
Height, Overall (in) 52.8 54.2 51.8

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Standard Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3065 3780 3232

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Luggage Rack Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Optional Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 4 4 2
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 89.0 93.0 51.6
Front Head Room (in) 38.2 37.4 38.2
Front Leg Room (in) 42.7 42.4 42.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 56.9 54.4
Front Hip Room (in) 53.3 - TBD - 54.6
Second Head Room (in) 36.8 35.3
Second Leg Room (in) 32.2 29.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 50.4
Second Hip Room (in) 48.1 - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 7.6 11.3 6.9

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
Cassette Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard Standard
Vinyl Seats Standard Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Fixed Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Split Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

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

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard Standard Optional
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Rotary engine Standard
Engine Type Gas Rotary Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 1.3L/80 3.6L/217 3.7L/- TBD -
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 232 @ 8500 312 @ 6500 332 @ 7000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 159 @ 5500 278 @ 5100 270 @ 5200
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 34.8 37.7 32.8

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 17 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 28 26
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 19.0 19

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone MacPherson Strut Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 4.5-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Multi-Link

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional
6-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard