When comparing the Mazda RX-8's and the Toyota 86's specifications and ratings, the Mazda RX-8 has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. The Toyota 86 has the advantage in the area of fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Mazda RX-8's and the Toyota 86's specifications and ratings, the Mazda RX-8 is a better car than the Toyota 86.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Mazda RX-8’s base engine makes 232 horsepower, and the Toyota 86 base engine makes 205 horsepower. The RX-8 is rated to deliver an average of 18 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 372 miles. The 86 is rated to deliver an average of 24 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 370 miles.This gives the Toyota 86 the advantage in fuel efficiency and the Mazda RX-8 the advantage in maximum range. The RX-8 uses gasoline, and the 86 uses premium unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Mazda RX-8 has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space.