2011 Ford
F150 Super Cab Lariat
vs. 2011 Mazda
RX-8 R3

2011 Ford F150 Super Cab Lariat

10.0

starting from

$36,240

Reasons to buy the Ford F150 Super Cab Lariat

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Good range on the highway
572 miles
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Good range in the city
416 miles
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Spacious front seats
64.7 ft3
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3

8.5

Runner-up

Mazda RX-8 R3

starting from

$33,085

Reasons to buy the Mazda RX-8 R3

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High top speed
145 mph
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Tighter turning radius
34.8 ft
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Good braking distance from 60mph
117 ft
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.0
2011 Ford F150 Super Cab Lariat Winner: F150 Super Cab Lariat
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  • Almost the same
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Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
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Performance - vs -
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  • Both provide sporty handling
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  • Neither offers roof rails
Entertainment System - vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Overall 10.0 vs 8.5

Luxury Features

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F150 Super Cab Lariat
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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 F150 Super Cab Lariat'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 Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the F150 Super Cab Lariat; the RX-8 R3 only offers cloth seats

Cost

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F150 Super Cab Lariat
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RX-8 R3
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MSRP $36,240 vs $33,085 Both are priced reasonably
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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

Safety Features

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F150 Super Cab Lariat
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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 Unknown 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 Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the F150 Super Cab Lariat; optional upgrade on the RX-8 R3
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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F150 Super Cab Lariat
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Horsepower 365 HP @ 5,000 RPM vs 232 HP @ 8,500 RPM The F150 Super Cab Lariat is fairly powerful, but the RX-8 R3 is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The F150 Super Cab Lariat's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The F150 Super Cab Lariat's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 14.2 lb/hp vs 13.2 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The RX-8 R3 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 47.0 ft vs 34.8 ft The RX-8 R3 can make tight turns, but the F150 Super Cab Lariat takes a little more room to navigate

Practicality

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F150 Super Cab Lariat
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Passengers 6 vs 4 The F150 Super Cab Lariat has the usual number of seats, while the RX-8 R3 has very few
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Highway driving range 572 miles vs 372 miles The F150 Super Cab Lariat has great highway range, but the RX-8 R3 is very limited
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Cargo space Unknown vs 7.6 ft3
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front seats 64.7 ft3 vs 51.7 ft3 The F150 Super Cab Lariat has roomy front seats, but the RX-8 R3 is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The F150 Super Cab Lariat's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the RX-8 R3
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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 Optional vs Not Available The F150 Super Cab Lariat offers an optional navigation system; not available on the RX-8 R3
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Cupholders Unknown 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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F150 Super Cab Lariat
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 8
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown 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 Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Crash Test Ratings

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F150 Super Cab Lariat
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 5 stars The RX-8 R3 is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the F150 Super Cab Lariat
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

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F150 Super Cab Lariat
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RX-8 R3
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0-60 mph 6.2 seconds vs 6.7 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 132 ft vs 117 ft The RX-8 R3 has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the F150 Super Cab Lariat is just OK
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1/4 mile 14.8 s s @ 95.0 mph mph vs 15.2 s s @ 92.0 mph mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.71 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 100 mph vs 145 mph The RX-8 R3 can hit high speeds, but the F150 Super Cab Lariat is below average for this class of vehicle

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