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2002 Mazda 626
ES V6
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$22,405
2011 Mazda RX-8
Grand Touring
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$32,960
2 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2002 Mazda 626
ES V6

The 2002 Mazda 626 only saw minimal changes for the model year, including new interior and exterior color choices. This would be the last year for the 626. Though it was Mazda's top-se...

2011 Mazda RX-8
Grand Touring
Michael Perkins Preview:

The Mazda RX-8 can rightfully be called an “accessible exotic,” with its funky rotary engine, suicide doors and handling that would normally cost closer to $100,000. Unfortunately, it ...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2002 Mazda 626
ES V6
GuruCNT7F writes:
Dependable good car for the money.
Kelly writes:
I have a 2001 626 lx I4 like the car allot v6 would have been nice bit 4cyl will hold its own handles great
GuruFWZG1 writes:
Very reliable as long as the proper maintenance is done.
2011 Mazda RX-8
Grand Touring
5
Matthew writes:
The RX-8 is more of a drivers car than most others. Its light weight and nimble handling make it one of the m...
Power Ranked 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T RWD better.
"Weight:power ratio of Challenger is 10.7 lbs/hp; weight:power ratio of RX-8 is 12.6 lbs/hp. Youll feel the difference."
Handling Ranked 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T RWD worse.
"RX-8 has much more direct steering and is much lighter and nimbler. The RX-8 does roll a bit in corners, but only enough to give you feedback. The Challenger handles well for what it is, but it is a much heavier and slower-reacting vehicle with a lot more body roll and vaguer steering."
Looks/Style Ranked 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T RWD worse.
"Totally subjective, but I think the RX-8 looks more unique than the Challenger. The Challenger is sharp and has a classic beauty to it, but theyre everywhere and share so much styling with the other retro cars, which makes it a little less special."
Front Seats Ranked 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T RWD worse.
"If youre of modest frame, the Recaros hold you nicely in the corners. You sit within the Recaros, whereas you sit on the Challengers seats."
Back Seats Ranked 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T RWD better.
"Challenger has deeper back sits and more legroom, since the vehicle is so much larger. RX-8 back seats are fine for adults for short trips and if the front seat isnt all the way back. "
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T RWD better.
"Larger cargo volume in the challenger; larger trunk opening in the challenger; rear seat folds down in the challenger to make a lot of space."
Family Car Ranked 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T RWD better.
"Larger passenger volume in the Challenger; larger cargo volume in the challenger; larger trunk opening in the challenger; rear seat folds down in the challenger to make a lot of space."
Value Ranked 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T RWD better.
"The RX-8 has very high running costs. It consumes oil (by design), takes premium fuel, and OEM parts are fairly pricey. The double-wishbone and multilink suspension are top-notch, but when ball-joints go back, theyre very expensive to replace, being aluminum wishbones and 5-part multilinks on each side. Challenger is built to a lower budget, suspension-wise, so part replacement is much cheaper. Also uses an old, mass-produced chassis from 90s Daimler, resulting in many parts available for cheap, whereas RX-8 is built on a dedicated chassis (okay, shared with Miata)."
Would Buy Ranked 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T RWD worse.
"Its all down to personal taste. I prefer a more involving driver in my day-to-day. The RX-8 keeps you much more active and is more fun and rewarding. The Challenger is more comfortable for long-distances, and is larger, heavier, quieter. RX-8 is a little more raw and brash. I would buy the RX-8 personally, but I would recommend the Challenger to my parents."
GuruXX4KY writes:
Handling Ranked 2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 better.
"The R3 has Bilstein shocks and a stiffer body and aero body parts"
GuruXX4KY writes:
Handling Ranked 2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 better.
"The R3 has Bilstein shocks and a stiffer body and aero body parts"

Specs

2002 Mazda 626
ES V6
2011 Mazda RX-8
Grand Touring
Powertrain
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
RWD
RWD
Fuel Economy, City
18 MPG
19 MPG
16 MPG
16 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
24 MPG
25 MPG
22 MPG
23 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 16 gal 16.9 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
165 hp @ 6,000 RPM
165 hp @ 6,000 RPM
232 hp @ 8,500 RPM
212 hp @ 7,500 RPM
Torque
161 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM
161 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM
159 lb-ft @ 5,500 RPM
159 lb-ft @ 5,500 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
6 cylinders
2 cylinders
2 cylinders
Compression Ratio
9.5:1
9.5:1
10:1
10:1
Displacement
2,500 cc
2,500 cc
1,300 cc
1,300 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.33 in x 2.92 in
3.33 in x 2.92 in
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Safety
ABS Brakes Optional Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Optional Standard
Curtain Airbags -- Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Front Driver 4 stars --
Front Passenger 5 stars --
Side Driver 3 stars --
Side Rear Passenger 3 stars --
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Optional Standard
Leather Seats Standard Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional Standard
Cassette Player Optional --
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 4 seats
Front Legroom 43.6 in 42.7 in
Back Legroom 34.6 in 32.2 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 14.2 cu ft 7.6 cu ft
Maximum Payload -- 753 lbs
Exterior
Length 187.4 in 175.6 in
Width 69.3 in 69.7 in
Height 55.1 in 52.8 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 106.3 in

Available Options

2002 Mazda 626
ES V6
2011 Mazda RX-8
Grand Touring

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