2001 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: I agree with everybody else!

2001 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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I agree with everybody else!
By randomo on


2001 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Wow, is the handling great! Tight, zippy -- just crisp, clean fun. Too bad they couldn't have given it more horses. I test drove a Protege LX a few years ago, and it was woefully underpowered; the much bigger engine in this ES seemed as if it would overcome that hurdle. Sad to say, it needs to go into 4th gear well before 40 mph, and into 5th in the high 40s. It strains a bit to maintain 65-70 on highways where that is the dominant speed of traffic flow. Give this car a 6th gear and you'd have something truly great! ;-) My only other concern is the dashboard illumination. The red glow works great in the dark, but at dusk the instruments are hard to read.

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Fun to drive, and I'm not someone who usually puts a high priority on that!

Worst Features

More powerful engine!
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