2011 Mazda
RX-8 R3
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Golf

2011 Volkswagen Golf

10.0

starting from

$18,765

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Golf

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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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Average city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
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Average range on the highway
478 miles
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Average number of passenger seats
5
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3

9.8

Runner-up

Mazda RX-8 R3

starting from

$33,085

Reasons to buy the Mazda RX-8 R3

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Power mirrors
Standard
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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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Sporty performance
13.2 lb/hp
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Volkswagen Golf Winner: Golf
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  • Gets more than 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 23 mpg vs 16 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $14,320 cheaper (more than 40% less), $18,765 vs $33,085
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither has a power seat option
  • Neither offers a leather interior
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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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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  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 10.0 vs 9.8

Cost

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Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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MSRP $18,765 vs $33,085 The Golf has a great price and the RX-8 R3 is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 16 mpg The Golf 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

Luxury Features

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Golf
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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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Crash Test Ratings

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Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
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RX-8 R3
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 5 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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0-60 mph 8.6 seconds vs 6.7 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 131 ft vs 117 ft The RX-8 R3 has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Golf is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.6 s s @ 86.0 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 125 mph vs 145 mph The RX-8 R3's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Golf is just OK

Safety Features

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Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
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 5 vs 4 The Golf has an OK number of airbags while the RX-8 R3 has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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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 Golf ; optional upgrade on the RX-8 R3
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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Golf
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RX-8 R3
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 232 HP @ 8,500 RPM The RX-8 R3 is of average power, but the Golf is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 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 17.5 lb/hp vs 13.2 lb/hp The RX-8 R3 is a sporty car, while the Golf is just average
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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 35.7 ft vs 34.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Golf
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RX-8 R3
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The Golf has the usual number of seats, while the RX-8 R3 has very few
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Highway driving range 478 miles vs 372 miles The Golf has OK highway range, but the RX-8 R3 is very limited
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Cargo space 15.0 ft3 vs 7.6 ft3 The Golf has OK cargo room, while the RX-8 R3 has very little
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front seats 51.3 ft3 vs 51.7 ft3 The RX-8 R3 has average-sized front seats, while the Golf is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Golf '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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 3 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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Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
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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 No 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 No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

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