Edmunds Sport Coupe Comparo - MUSTANG vs RX8 vs 350Z

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  1. BLoG

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    This is the mission of the new Ford Mustang GT, the Mazda RX-8 and the Nissan 350Z. These three affordable rear-wheel-drive sport coupes are supposed to deliver that fist-pumping feeling every day, and for a low monthly payment. Do they? We decided to find out.

    The Cars

    The Mustang is the quintessential budget performance car. Despite its low price, it still induces spontaneous shouts of "YES!" the way any Led Zeppelin song does. The Mustang employs a traditional muscle car approach by dumping a powerful V8 into a moderate-size coupe.

    Next is the stout Nissan 350Z, which offers a textbook sports car approach by installing a smaller displacement but equally powerful six-cylinder engine in a compact two-seater.

    Every band has a ballad. And the Mazda RX-8 is just that. It has the edginess of the other cars but lacks the volume. Its power comes from a smooth rotary engine and offers something not seen on a typical sport coupe; two rear doors and a spacious backseat.

    We ordered each with a manual transmission, and tried to keep the options to a minimum. Although each has a base price under $28,000, the as-tested prices of the Mazda and the Nissan crept up over $31,000, which is $6,000 more than the final price of the Mustang.

    Then we forced them to navigate the rigors of our daily commutes, unwind on back roads and hang it all out on the track. Our winner might surprise you.

    How They Stacked Up

    If you think the Mustang GT is clunky and crude, think again. It's our winner, outclassing the others with its future retro style, value, comfort and all-out brute horsepower. For an unbelievable price of $25,000, the Mustang delivers the daily adrenaline rush a sport coupe should, without any real sacrifices in drivability, or comfort. It's by far the quickest of the bunch. It doesn't need pricey premium fuel and it has the largest trunk.

    The Mazda RX-8's unusual approach is compelling and helps earn it second place. The RX offers substantial comfort and refinement and its two usable backseats set it apart from the competition. With a 1.3-liter rotary engine, the RX-8 may not appear impressive at first glance, but that engine is good for 238 horsepower. If you really flog it, taking it all the way to its 9,000-rpm redline with each shift, the RX-8 can almost keep up with the 287-hp Z.

    Bringing up the rear is the Nissan 350Z, which is the true sports car of the pack. It's fun to drive hard and hard to drive slow. Like a jaw-dropping drum solo, it looks cool, and delivers serious performance. And we're talking lots of stick twirling and pyrotechnics. For some, however, the Z is too hard-core for the daily grind, with a harsh highway ride and an interior that lacks finesse. In the end, its high as-tested price and its questionable comfort dropped it to third place.


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    350Z:

    What Needs Work:
    Harsh ride, noisy interior, cheap interior bits.

    Bottom Line:
    An excellent sports car if you just want to go fast and corner like a spec racer, but living with the Z every day would be tough.

    What Works:
    Stellar handling, strong and willing V6.


    RX-8

    What Needs Work:
    Driver seat is too high, lacks low-end torque, very little trunk space and no fold-down rear seats.

    What Works:
    Clamshell doors and real backseat, excellent Bose stereo, sweet rotary engine.

    Bottom Line:
    A good car that offers a healthy dose of performance and a dash of practicality.


    Mustang
    Bottom Line:
    A terrific-looking car that is fun to flog but doesn't beat you up as an everyday car. With a base price of $25,000, it's tough to beat the fun provided by this all-new Mustang.

    What Works:
    Excellent engine with a rewarding exhaust note, great ride, quiet cabin, stellar exterior styling.

    What Needs Work:
    Some cheap bits inside, awkward parking brake placement, rear seat is for kids only.
     
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    bottomline: they all suck
     
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    give me the Z
     
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    I don't want any of them anymore. If I want a 30K coupe, I'll get a G35c, if I want something faster, I'll get a year or 2 old Z06.
     
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    NFS7 Shit, it burns!

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    I wouldn't get any, but if i had to choose, i would go with the 8 :dunno:
     
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    mustang > z > rx8
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    mustang isn't 30.. it's 25 :p
     
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    They have a video review if you click the link.

    Cliffsnotes: RX = mad handlobraes, no power, nice roomy interior. Z = Good handlobraes, good power, meh interior and ride. Mustang = good power, good handlobraes, good interior, best price.
     
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    how the fuck does the Z have a "noisy" interior
     
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    Madness Do not let Dr. Mario touch your genitals. He is no

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    :rofl: I knew you'd get around to posting something like this.. funny how Edmunds was saying the opposite with the last generation GT Premium. :hsugh:
     
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    It must mean something since the old mustang was a perennial cellar dweller in all these tests.
     
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    Rx8 shouldn't even be on that list.
     
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    I took the Z
     
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    my nigga said celler dweller :cool:
     
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    The interior on the mustang is crap.
     
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    mustang with no spoiler = win
     
  23. I hate the word "handlobraes"

    Definitions:

    "a mix of "handles" and "cobra" originated from a forum user typing "my car handles better than a cobra" and instead skipping over and getting "my car handlobraes better than a c""

    The act of drifting your car in way that is too fast, too furious.

    Handles; handling

    1 : to handle and break a vehicle.
    2 : the handlebars of a bicycle
    3 : HAHA!!! I'M HANDLOBRAESING!!!1
    4 : to act on or perform a required function with regard to

    bad spelling of handle, handling, etc.

    The ability of a car to run circles around other cars.

    A method of turning a motorcycle, refers to counter steering.

    wtfalgebra?
     
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    mustang = ugly
     

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