2011 Chevrolet
Camaro SS
vs. 2011 Mazda
RX-8 R3

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS

9.9

starting from

$37,625

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Camaro SS

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Quite powerful
426 HP @ 5,900 RPM
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Fast 0-60 time
4.7 seconds
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
13.2 s s @ 109.5 mph mph
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Good braking distance from 60mph
108 ft
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3

8.6

Runner-up

Mazda RX-8 R3

starting from

$33,085

Reasons to buy the Mazda RX-8 R3

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Average-sized back seats
37.6 ft3
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CD changer
Standard
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Average number of speakers
8
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.2
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Winner: Camaro SS
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Winner: RX-8 R3
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Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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  • Good protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have power outlets
  • Neither offers a folding rear seat
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.9 vs 8.6

Luxury Features

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Camaro SS
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Camaro SS's power seats; not available on the RX-8 R3
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Camaro SS

Cost

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Camaro SS
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
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MSRP $37,625 vs $33,085 The RX-8 R3 has a great price and the Camaro SS is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 16 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

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Camaro SS
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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Camaro SS
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RX-8 R3
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 4 vs 4 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Not Available
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Performance

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Camaro SS
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
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Horsepower 426 HP @ 5,900 RPM vs 232 HP @ 8,500 RPM The Camaro SS is fairly powerful, but the RX-8 R3 is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio Unknown vs 13.2 lb/hp
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 34.8 ft

Practicality

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Camaro SS
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Passengers 4 vs 4 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 456 miles vs 372 miles The Camaro SS has great highway range, but the RX-8 R3 is very limited
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Cargo space 10.2 ft3 vs 7.6 ft3 The Camaro SS has OK cargo room, while the RX-8 R3 has very little
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front seats 52.8 ft3 vs 51.7 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 2 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Camaro SS
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Number of speakers 7 vs 8 The RX-8 R3 has an OK number of speakers, while the Camaro SS has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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Camaro SS
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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0-60 mph 4.7 seconds vs 6.7 seconds The Camaro SS can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the RX-8 R3 is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 108 ft vs 117 ft The Camaro SS has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the RX-8 R3 is just OK
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1/4 mile 13.2 s s @ 109.5 mph mph vs 15.2 s s @ 92.0 mph mph The Camaro SS's 1/4 mile time is good, but the RX-8 R3's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.92 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 160 mph vs 145 mph The Camaro SS's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the RX-8 R3 is just OK

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