In comparing the Mazda RX-8's and the Nissan 350Z's specifications and ratings, the Mazda RX-8 has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and interior volume. The Nissan 350Z has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Mazda RX-8's and the Nissan 350Z's specifications and ratings, the two cars are fairly comparable.
Mazda RX-8 vs. Nissan 350Z Pricing
A used 2008 Mazda RX-8 ranges from $4,995 to $15,326 while a used 2008 Nissan 350Z is priced between $9,173 to $32,595.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Mazda RX-8’s base engine makes 232 horsepower, and the Nissan 350Z base engine makes 306 horsepower. The RX-8 is rated to deliver an average of 18 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 350 miles. The 350Z is rated to deliver an average of 20 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 500 miles. This gives the Nissan 350Z the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Mazda RX-8. Both models use gasoline.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Mazda RX-8 has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, front leg room, and cargo space. The Mazda RX-8 and Nissan 350Z are comparable in regards to front head room.