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Mazda Protege Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 140 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 22/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2001 Mazda Protege

  • When it comes to small, snappy sedans, the Protege is a tough act to beat.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Tight suspension, powerful brakes, superb steering feel, comfortable seats, attractive exterior styling.

  • Cons

    No other body styles available other than four-door, suspension may be too stiff for some buyers, potentially expensive.

  • What's New for 2001

    Already one of the best-looking economy sedans on the market, the Protege receives freshened exterior styling for 2001. ES models now have standard 16-inch wheels, and 15-inch wheels are optional on LX models. A larger 2.0-liter engine replaces the previous 1.8-liter engine. All Proteges get a revised interior and improvements to ride comfort, braking effort and steering feel. Front seatbelt pre-tensioners are standard.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (10 total reviews)


Gets ahead, stays ahead

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Vehicle: 2001 Mazda Protege MP3 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Have you ever taken the curves on Lower Wacker Drive or on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago? Have you ever tried to enter a busy metropolitan expressway at the speed of traffic - say, 75 mph before the end of the entrance ramp? This car does it. It adheres tightly to curves and accelerates smartly into traffic. Great gas mileage, strong performance, enduring reliability, roomy interior, and distinctive looks combine to make the MP3, all at once, both affordable basic transportation and a pleasurable driving experience.




Improvement was needed on the

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Vehicle: 2001 Mazda Protege MP3 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I love this car. I wanted one from the day it came out on the lot. After I got one though I had to admit that everyone was right. It needed more power. So I got my hands on a 2003.5 Mazdaspeed Protege that was wrecked by a rear end collision with only 1k miles on the car. Took the full turbo kit and put it on my MP3. The MP3 now has just over 200 horsepower at the wheels. The car is now perfect!




Great car...

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Vehicle: 2001 Mazda Protege MP3 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this car brand new. I haven't had any issues with the car. Mazda made a good move in bringing this car to the market which opened the door to the Mazdaspeed brand in the US. The chasis is stiff and can handle just about anything you throw at it.




Sportiest car under 12k

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Vehicle: 2001 Mazda Protege MP3 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Hands down, best handling compact. Macapherson struts all around, shock absorbers, 1.5 inches lower than stock. This baby obeys all cornering comands with out question.




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Vehicle: 2001 Mazda Protege MP3 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I love it, it's fun to drive and dependable (so far). Only one minor problem. Great online support community, too.




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Vehicle: 2001 Mazda Protege MP3 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

This is one of the greatest buys you can get. This car is a blast to drive.



Full 2001 Mazda Protege Review

What's New for 2001

Already one of the best-looking economy sedans on the market, the Protege receives freshened exterior styling for 2001. ES models now have standard 16-inch wheels, and 15-inch wheels are optional on LX models. A larger 2.0-liter engine replaces the previous 1.8-liter engine. All Proteges get a revised interior and improvements to ride comfort, braking effort and steering feel. Front seatbelt pre-tensioners are standard.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 22
  • cty
/
  • 28
  • highway
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