2006 Mazda RX-8 User Reviews

2006 Mazda RX-8 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 26 reviews

  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"power" 14 reviews
"handling" 14 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 10 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"gearbox" 2 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

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Brian writes:
2006 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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Amazing handling, superb stock brakes, fun 6 speed short shift transmission, the rotary engine delivers smooth power like no other

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Not much torque for everyday driving around town, gas mileage is atrocious, need to carefully monitor the oil levels and change regularly.

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Fantastic Driver's Car And A Great Value — When I was getting ready to sell my 2003 Tiburon I knew I wanted a true rear wheel drive sports car. I looked at the Infiniti G35 and the Nissan 350Z, and they were quite powerful, but they didn't feel spirited enough in the corners. If all I wanted was straight line acceleration I would look at a muscle car, but it's the lateral G's that really give me a thrill. And so I went to drive an RX-8, having ridden in one and hearing that it's a phenomenally well balanced tossable car. My first drive was in an automatic because that's all the dealer had. Sadly it was a complete dog and didn't excite me one bit. Even my second drive (in a 6 speed) wasn't all that great, because the dealer was with me and I had to behave. Finally I drove this one, a used 2006 with 13k miles on it. I loved the car from the moment I laid eyes on it. The color has to be seen in person to be appreciated. I got to take it for a drive on my own and was blown away with how fun it was. The Renesis engine isn't going to win any drag races with its less than impressive torque, but once you spool up that rotary and ride it to its 9k redline you discover the true beauty of the car. The power delivery is so smooth all the way to redline, such a difference from the peaky power curve of my Tib. And then there's the handling. It's really hard to screw up with this car. Even with the DSC off, if you break the back tires loose the car is so well balanced that a light counter steer is all it takes to reign it back in. I haven't found a long sweeper yet that the Rex can't handle with just a little throttle control. I only wish Illinois had some mountains!

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Alan201057 writes:
2006 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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5

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Drives and handles extremely well

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I little to much fuel consumption but then it's driven properly

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I Just Love It — The moment I got behind the wheel for the first time I was hooked , this car is just a beaut to drive power speed and handling and it looks great , I've got the pro drive version which I believe is the better version , I just love my car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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miryclay writes:
2006 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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5

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Fun to drive!

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none known

miryclay
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Love The Body Styling — Nice to drive in addition to nice looking! Awesome sound system, comfortable seats, quick, very responsive and very fast . Seems to hug the road and take corners well. Love to drive! Have too many cars and need to sell this one, please see sale ad, really great price! Thanks!

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Lance writes:
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4

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This is a true original "4-door coupe". It's everything other coupes aren't in a good way. The engine is smooth and is a blast to open up.

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The gas mileage could be better giving a best of 24mpg.

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Fun, Original And Dares To Be Different! — The Mazda RX-8 has been on my bucket list since it was released. It's everything I expected and then some! What a blast to drive, it definitely makes you feel alive. And it doesn't juts do one thing well, it does them all. The brakes are responsive and smooth, the handling with the sport-tuned suspension is spot-on, and the "get up and go" from the 210+ hp is perfect.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Saurabh writes:
2006 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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handling

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mileage

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Love It — I love how this car handles, i can take it around corners at any speed!Sometimes i loose the back end and its fun to catch it back! i like the 0-60 time, not as good as other cars in the same range but good enough!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Tyler writes:
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Quick and fun to drive

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Amazing — Great acceleration, awesome corning and suspention, love the short shift. Great lines, sleek appearance, luxurious interior, great bose sound system, surprisingly good passenger space with plenty of foot room in front and back seats. Decent gas milage for a sports car, all around GREAT car. Absolutely love it.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Jamie writes:
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Looks and Performance

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Interior construction

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Mazda Rx-8 — Has a bit of road noise. Mostly related to the BFG KDW tires on it. They have a unique tread style that results in slightly more road noise. Brakes really well. The interior has some quality issues. The console sometimes comes off its track. The sun visor has cracked and needed to be replaced (covered under warranty). There is a rattling noise coming from the air bag which has a service bulletin associated with it.

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Kelvin writes:
2006 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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Rotary Engine, 4-seat coupe, Beautiful, Handles Awesomely, 50/50 Weight Distribution, etc...

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Lacks Low-end Torque, Looks beautiful to some but strange to others, Can't Do Redlight to Redlight Races (OH NO!!)

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Rx-8 = Sex — I've driven almost every car under $50,000 (and even some over), and the RX-8 is by far the most fun to drive. It lacks low-end torque but the high revving Renesis makes up for it. In no way is the car slow. Handles beautifully in stock form. Rotary engine: can't go wrong! It looks awesome inside and out. I have the stock model so I don't have the sun/moon roof, leather seats, GPS navi, Traction Control, Heated Seats and all but that just adds weight. If you want a cruiser - not so much all-out performance, the GT makes the car even sexier. Two tone leather interior on the seats and doors and all the other above-mentioned options. Build quality gets 4/5 because after about 2 1/2 years of ownership, i have a few rattles here and there, and some of the plastics are cheap (but don't look or feel like it!). However, the fact that it can seat 4 people comfortable and has those sexy suicide doors just makes it shine. Add the Mazdaspeed Body Kit and performance parts and it becomes even better. The RX-8 is a beautiful car that has the best overall package and is cheaper than all of its rivals. If you really MUST have speed, then all you need is a turbo kit =]. Unlike the RX-7, the RX-8 has new rotary engine that is more reliable and will still be reliable after adding Forced Induction if tuned by a rotary guru.

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Warren writes:
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Mazda Rx-8 Evolve — Like: The Looks, the engine noise, the interior, the people looking as i drive by. Dislike: Fuel Economy, oil economy, the annoying rattling thats getting fixed, there only being 1 DC adapter in the car!!

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Ben writes:
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Handling, 50/50 weight distribution, light weight (3100lbs), seats 4,

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Gas Mileage, Not as Fast as other sports cars, down on horsepower.

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Powered By A Rotary Engine, Runs On No Cylinders. 18mpg, Seats 4 — The RX-8 is not a successor to the RX-7. In fact, it was created to re-introduce the rotary engine to U.S. Market. It has not been received well to the general U.S. Public due to a variety of factors which include: Lack of advertisement which creates a lack of consumer product awareness, low horsepower compared to other sports cars, awkward styling, suicide doors, rotary engine assumptions. Despite the fact that the RX-8 remains unpopular. It is an exceptional vehicle if one decides to take a chance to drive and own one. It rides like a sedan (Not a bone jarring ride) yet retains exceptional handling. Most of the suspension parts are made of allumnium to reduce unsprung weight. It seats 4 in a pinch which is unheard of in sports cars. It is eager to rev and has a redline of 10,000 RPM in manual transmission form. Nevertheless, because of its unpopularity, the RX-8 when viewed from a strangers point of view can be quite exotic looking because of its rarity among other vehicles. As a result, people assume its more expensive than it is and begin to question what car it is and mistakes it for another brand other than Mazda. The RX-8 is the flagship of Mazda.

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2010 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

I Wish I Was In It Right Now And Never Had To Get Out By Kyle

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2009 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

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2008 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

Nice Sport Car For Speed Or Gamily By Xiaoyao

I really like it. The balance between money, speed, control, room, and looking. And always remember, it has the unique engine, 13B Renesis rotary engine. The only car carries rotaty engine, except for... Read More

One Of The Top Three Sports Cars, 4 Door No Less, That Are Under $60,000. By KRM

The 2008 40th Anniversary Edition combines the Shinka edition with the grand touring model and comes with Sport suspension no less! This car gets 100 looks per mile as it is unique. The interior is q... Read More

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2007 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

Sporty, Fast, Reliable And Comfort. By gower

Acceleration, braking and and handling are all exceptional. The car provides a lot of interior room and spares nothing in the way of comfort. The automatic transmission is nice, but love the manual pa... Read More

Turns Heads, Handles Like A Dream And Spares Nothing. By gower

This is a fun car to drive and handles very well. Compact look but the interior is exceptionally roomy. The suicide style back doors make all the difference and give this car a unique appearance as we... Read More

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2005 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

Looks And Beauty By Sonny

The rx-8 is a nice car to drive around in if you can afford it. looks impressive, but not a speed boasting car. the design is unique, super light and little bit of space in the back unless you take th... Read More

Fun, Red, Sports Car. By Noel_22

I liked this car a lot to drive, I am just looking to get a car that I can use back in the mainland as well. This is a RWD car, and from where I am from, it snows quite a bit. This car is really enj... Read More

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