2008 Mazda RX-8 Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,945 - $10,461
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
MPG (up to)
16 City / 22 HWY
Horsepower
212-232
Seats
4

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2008 Mazda RX-8 If...

If you love the nimble, responsive handling of the Miata, but want something faster and with room for four adults, the 2008 Mazda RX-8 may win you over.

Mazda RX-8 Models & Trims

Sport $6,655 - $9,100
Horsepower: 212 hp - 232 hp
Engine Type: Gas Rotary
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.5, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Touring $4,945 - $7,326
Horsepower: 212 hp - 232 hp
Engine Type: Gas Rotary
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Grand Touring $5,679 - $8,504
Horsepower: 212 hp - 232 hp
Engine Type: Gas Rotary
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
40th Anniversary $7,298 - $10,461
Horsepower: 212 hp - 232 hp
Engine Type: Gas Rotary
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

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Compare Models & Key Features

Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$6,655 - $9,100
$4,945 - $7,326

Horsepower

Horsepower
212 - 232 (hp)
212 - 232 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.3L RENESIS MPFI 2
1.3L RENESIS MPFI 2
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Not Available
Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Not Available
Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.7 (in.)
42.7 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.2 (in.)
36.7 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
32.2 (in.)
32.2 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.8 (in.)
36.5 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
7.6 (cu. ft.)
7.6 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
4
4

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/45R18
P225/45R18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.4 (in.)
106.4 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.8 (ft.)
34.8 (ft.)

Length

Length
174.3 (in.)
174.3 (in.)

Width

Width
69.7 (in.)
69.7 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3053 - 3084 (.lbs)
3053 - 3084 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
232 (hp)
232 (hp)

Torque

Torque
159 (ft. lbs.)
159 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
Standard
Standard

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15.9 (gal.)
15.9 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
19 (mpg)
19 (mpg)

City

City
16 (mpg)
16 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
22 (mpg)
22 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
Optional
Optional
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional
Optional
Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional
Optional
Standard

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
Not Available
Standard

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
Front
Side
Rollover

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD) *
  • Driver & front passenger airbags
  • Driver & front passenger side airbags
  • Driver & front passenger curtain airbags
  • Occupant detection system for passenger side air bag
  • Front 3-point seat belts-inc: pretensioners, force limiters
  • Dynamic stability control w/traction control *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (5)

Air Bags May 25, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
May 25, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V354000
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2011 RX-8, 2004-2006 MPV, 2003-2008 Mazda6, and 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, Mazda is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 RX-8, 2004-2006 MPV, 2003-2008 Mazda6 vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Lastly, unless included in "Zone A" or "Zone B" above, Mazda is recalling certain model year 2004 Mazda RX-8 and MPV, 2003-2004 Mazda6 vehicles originally s...
Consequence:
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 15, 2016. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 9416E.
Air Bags Jan 10, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Jan 10, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V011000
Summary:
Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2009 RX-8 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Additionally, unless included in "Zone B" above, Mazda is recalling certain 2005-2006 MPV and 2005-2008 RX-8 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air...
Consequence:
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger side air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 7, 2017. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 0617A.
Fuel System, Gasoline Jun 1, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 1, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V354000
Summary:
Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 RX-8 vehicles. Heat from the engine and the exhaust may cause the main fuel pump pipe to crack.
Consequence:
If the fuel pump pipe cracks, fuel may leak, increasing the risk of a fire.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump filter kit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 30, 2017. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 1017E.
Fuel System, Gasoline Oct 31, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 31, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V793000
Summary:
Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 RX-8 vehicles manufactured April 10, 2003, to February 18, 2008. The affected vehicles have fuel pump sealing rings that may deteriorate due to exposure to heat from the engine or exhaust pipe.
Consequence:
The deteriorated seals may leak fuel, which, in the presence of an ignition source, can increase the risk of a fire.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump sealing ring set and add a thermal insulation pad to the fuel tank, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Mazda will notify owners about the issue and will second a second notice when remedy parts are available. The manufacturer did not provide a schedule for these notifications. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 0516J.
Air Bags Jul 26, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 26, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V474000
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2003-2008 Mazda6, 2004-2008 RX-8, and 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion and other factors, including manufacturing variability that, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.
Consequence:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2017. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 1417G. Note: This recall supersedes recall 15V-382.

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