2002 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Best compact for the money

2002 Mazda Protege Sedan - Consumer Review

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Best compact for the money
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2002 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Needed a second car and looked at Mazda, Honda, Corolla, and Sentra. All great cars and each with its own character. But, when it was time to buy, Mazda offered the best deal($3000 better than any of the above with the same features) and was by far and away, the best car. Drives with aplomb, handles suberbly, breaks better than my Seville, interior is flawlessy designed and Quality is built in. Acceleration is more than I would expect from a compact car. I enjoy the comfort of this car better than my Cadillac--all though it does lack many digital gadgits. Overall, I would but this car again in a heart beat.

Best Features

Ride and comfort are superb. This is a nice niche car,has Quality built in, and gives you a solid feel of rubber meeting the road..

Worst Features

More cupholders.The passenger seat has a gap between the top and bottom portion and consequently, items tend to slide through the gap and fall on the back floor.
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