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2011 Mazda RX-8
Grand Touring
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$32,960
2 listings nationwide

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2020 Subaru BRZ
Limited RWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$32,679
52 listings nationwide
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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

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 ...

2020 Subaru BRZ
Limited RWD
Cherise Threewitt Preview:

The BRZ, introduced in 2013, is an oddball in Subaru’s lineup. The coupe features rear-wheel drive (RWD) instead of Subaru’s renowned all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, though this setup is...

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

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"
2020 Subaru BRZ
Limited RWD
Jimmy writes:
sporty

Specs

2011 Mazda RX-8
Grand Touring
2020 Subaru BRZ
Limited RWD
Powertrain
Drivetrain
RWD
RWD
RWD
RWD
Fuel Economy, City
16 MPG
16 MPG
21 MPG
24 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
22 MPG
23 MPG
29 MPG
33 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 16.9 gal 13.2 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
232 hp @ 8,500 RPM
212 hp @ 7,500 RPM
205 hp @ 7,000 RPM
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Torque
159 lb-ft @ 5,500 RPM
159 lb-ft @ 5,500 RPM
156 lb-ft @ 6,400 RPM
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Cylinders
2 cylinders
2 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
10:1
10:1
12.5:1
12.5:1
Displacement
1,300 cc
1,300 cc
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
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3.39 in x 3.39 in
3.39 in x 3.39 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall -- 4 stars
Front Crash Overall -- 4 stars
Front Crash Driver -- 4 stars
Front Crash Passenger -- 4 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard --
Leather Seats Standard --
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard --
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard --
Passenger Power Seats Standard --
Interior
Maximum Seating 4 seats 4 seats
Front Legroom 42.7 in 41.9 in
Back Legroom 32.2 in 29.9 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 7.6 cu ft 6.9 cu ft
Maximum Payload 753 lbs --
Exterior
Length 175.6 in 166.7 in
Width 69.7 in 69.9 in
Height 52.8 in 52 in
Wheelbase 106.3 in 101.2 in

Available Options

2011 Mazda RX-8
Grand Touring
2020 Subaru BRZ
Limited RWD

Exterior Colors

  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Magnetite Gray Metallic
  • WR Blue Pearl

Option Packages

  • Performance Package
  • Popular Package #1
  • Popular Package #2
  • STI Short Throw Shifter

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