A Buyer’s Guide to the 2011 Mazda RX-8

The 2011 Mazda RX-8 is a sporty, two-door coupe that is able to seat four people (two in the front and two in the rear). While this was the final year of production for the RX-8, it definitely made an appealing driving option for some.

Key Features

When it comes to features, perhaps the most important thing to mention is the seating – this is a sports car that can comfortably seat four. That’s a rarity these days. Another feature that you’ll be sure to love is the short throw stick shift transmission – it offers a very unique driving experience. Of course, the rear seat console should be noted here, too. It gives the rear passengers additional storage capacity, as well as center cup holders.

Changes for This Model Year

There were no changes for the 2011 year model.

What We Like

We really appreciate the unique body style and sporty stance offered, combined with the ability to seat four people comfortably. Really, the entire car is an interesting creation, featuring lots of unique elements like the rear console (it actually extends all the way from the front seats to the very back).

What Concerns Us

While there are only a few cons to the 2011 Mazda RX-8, they’re doozies. First, it gets pretty terrible fuel economy. Some sources compare it to an SUV in terms of gas consumption. Second, the low end power due to the lack of torque means that it’s slower off the mark than many of its competitors, although it performs well in the higher-end range. Finally, the small trunk means that storage capacity is at a premium.

Available Models

There’s only a single model of RX-8 available for the 2011 model year, but there are three trims from which to choose – the Sport, Grand Touring and R3. All three trim levels have the same engine and transmission combinations: a 1.3-liter rotary engine with 212 hp (with the automatic transmission) or 232 hp (with the stick shift). Torque is 159 lb-ft with both transmissions, and fuel economy is 16/22 with the stick and 16/23 with the automatic.

Major Recalls

There were no recalls issued for the 2011 Mazda RX-8.

Common Issues

The lack of low-end power is a big complaint with drivers, particularly those who need to get up and going quickly. The limited trunk space is another problem. Finally, many drivers are dissatisfied with the fuel economy (particularly given the small size of the car and the low power of the engine).

Mazda rx-8 2011 interior


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