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1997 Mazda MX-6
2 Dr LS Coupe
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$24,400
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.

1997 Mazda MX-6
2 Dr LS Coupe

For its final year in production, Mazda's MX-6 sport coupe was available in two versions. The base (or standard) MX-6 was equipped with a 118-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder...

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.

1997 Mazda MX-6
2 Dr LS Coupe
145
Amanda 1997 Mazda MX-6 2 Dr LS CoupeReview:

It's Amazing Inside And Out. — It's a Mazda.. What's not to love? It's fun to drive in the city or on the highway, it handles great...

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

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Cameron 1997 Mazda MX-6 2 Dr LS CoupeReview:

If You Want A Fun, Small Fwd Sports-compact, Buy One Of These. If You Want This One, Contact Me. — --Performance: awesome acceleration, shocks a lot of guys in their Civics. Brakes are pretty good, ...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jon 1997 Mazda MX-6 2 Dr LS CoupeReview:

Its A Great All Around Car, Dependable, Durable. Quick. Good Looking. — Performance -Acceleration 6 -10. Small v6 packs a punch, but small engine lacks urgency. Build Qual...

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

1997 Mazda MX-6
2 Dr LS Coupe
2011 Mazda RX-8
Grand Touring
Powertrain
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
RWD
RWD
Fuel Economy, City
18 MPG
--
16 MPG
16 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
24 MPG
--
22 MPG
23 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 15 gal 16.9 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
164 hp @ 5,600 RPM
164 hp @ 5,600 RPM
232 hp @ 8,500 RPM
212 hp @ 7,500 RPM
Torque
160 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM
160 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM
159 lb-ft @ 5,500 RPM
159 lb-ft @ 5,500 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
6 cylinders
2 cylinders
2 cylinders
Compression Ratio
--
--
10:1
10:1
Displacement
2,500 cc
2,500 cc
1,300 cc
1,300 cc
Safety
ABS Brakes Optional Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags -- Standard
Curtain Airbags -- Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Front Driver 5 stars --
Front Passenger 4 stars --
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
CD Changer -- Standard
Cassette Player Standard --
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Optional Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 4 seats 4 seats
Front Legroom 44 in 42.7 in
Back Legroom 27.7 in 32.2 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 12.4 cu ft 7.6 cu ft
Maximum Payload -- 753 lbs
Exterior
Length 181.5 in 175.6 in
Width 68.9 in 69.7 in
Height 51.6 in 52.8 in
Wheelbase 102.8 in 106.3 in

Available Options

1997 Mazda MX-6
2 Dr LS Coupe
2011 Mazda RX-8
Grand Touring

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