|Reviewed By||Stefan Lombard|
|Price as Tested||$34,095|
High-revving (9,000 rpm redline) twin rotary makes 232 hp from just 1.3 liters. Impressive, nimble 50/50 handling, even at the threshold. Short, even throws from 6-speed. Quiet ride and good Bose stereo.
Poor rearward visibility, trunk opening accommodates golf clubs but not a cooler, 16-18 mpg observed on the highway, navigation “joystick” is finicky, annoying “lump” in passenger footwell, polarizing looks—fenders reminiscent of new Dodge Durango, goofy rear doors.
I admire Mazda’s pluck with the rotary, as the sound and experience are quite unique, but this car should not have four doors. The previous RX-7 was downright sexy, but the RX-8 can’t decide what it is. Drives like a sports car, looks like a concept.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|