2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Best Protege available, was the
best "fit" for my compact "sports" car
needs. Very precise steering is the
car's best feature, easily the equal of
the Mini (which is saying a LOT).
Great handling for a front-driver with
a firm but compliant suspension, which
I like. Comfortable supportive seats
but having Sparco seats as an option
wouldn't hurt. Definitely won't smoke
an Evo or WRX, but is somewhat close
and easily as much fun. Roomy back
seat, cramped trunk (stock subwoofer in
Steering, handling, good power, quite
comfortable and economical for such
a "niche" performance car. Great tunes
but difficult-to-use head unit. "Mist"
wiper setting is quick (like a rally
NEEDS cruise, sunroof, adjustable int.
wipers, clock (visible only only
w/radio on). Some power surging @part
buttons &display on stereo. Problems
are minor, car is great.