2010 Mazda RX-8 R3

It's easy to forget the odd little RX-8, and then you get into one after a long absence and you immediately remember what a great chassis this is. Wow. So, so fun to rev up the rotary, throw yourself into a freeway on-ramp, and burst into the traffic stream at 80 or 90 mph. The interior is still very fresh after all these years, and the rotary-engine design cues, like the rotor-shaped top to the shift knob, are endearingly cool. Our test car also had a set of superb Recaro bucket seats.

If you want an entertaining sports car, you're not put off by the oddball powertrain or the horrendous fuel economy, and you want something different, the RX-8 is still well worth considering.

Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor

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