2011 Mazda
RX-8 R3
vs. 2011 Toyota
Camry XLE

2011 Toyota Camry XLE

10.0

starting from

$30,605

Reasons to buy the Toyota Camry XLE

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Good range on the highway
536 miles
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More airbags
6
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Average highway fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Good range in the city
370 miles
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3

8.2

Runner-up

Mazda RX-8 R3

starting from

$33,085

Reasons to buy the Mazda RX-8 R3

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Good braking distance from 60mph
117 ft
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OK drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
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Average top speed
145 mph
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • Almost the same
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Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg vs 16 mpg
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both provide sporty handling
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 10.0 vs 8.2

Luxury Features

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Camry XLE
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Camry XLE's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Camry XLE'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 Camry XLE; the RX-8 R3 only offers cloth seats

Cost

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Camry XLE
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RX-8 R3
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MSRP $30,605 vs $33,085 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 16 mpg The Camry XLE has OK city mileage, while the RX-8 R3 is very inefficient
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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

Road Tests

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Camry XLE
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 6.7 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 117 ft The RX-8 R3 has above average braking ability, but the Camry XLE is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.5 s s @ 97.0 mph mph vs 15.2 s s @ 92.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 135 mph vs 145 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

Safety Features

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Camry XLE
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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 6 vs 4 The Camry XLE has a good number of airbags, but the RX-8 R3 does not (missing Rear Curtain, Knee)
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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 Camry XLE; optional upgrade on the RX-8 R3
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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

Performance

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Camry XLE
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RX-8 R3
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Horsepower 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 232 HP @ 8,500 RPM Average power
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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 Camry XLE's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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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 13.1 lb/hp vs 13.2 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type front-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 36.1 ft vs 34.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Camry XLE
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The Camry XLE has the usual number of seats, while the RX-8 R3 has very few
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Highway driving range 536 miles vs 372 miles The Camry XLE has great highway range, but the RX-8 R3 is very limited
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Cargo space 14.5 ft3 vs 7.6 ft3 The Camry XLE has OK cargo room, while the RX-8 R3 has very little
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front seats 52.9 ft3 vs 51.7 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Camry XLE'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 Camry XLE offers an optional navigation system; not available on the RX-8 R3
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Cupholders 4 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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Camry XLE
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RX-8 R3
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Number of speakers 8 vs 8 Average number of speakers
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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 Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Camry XLE's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

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