2002 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Fun car - needs more power
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2002 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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Fun car - needs more power
By Dan Charlebois on

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2002 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

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I bought my 2002 Protoge in October of 2002 and it now has 11500 miles on it. The handling of the car is more than I could have expected. The car has very precise steering (perhaps a bit of oversteer) and the suspension is tighter than most in its class. This makes cornering quite fun, especially with the 195/50 R16 Dunlap tires. Living in Syracuse I had to buy a set of Blizzak's to get anywhere. The Dunlap's were useless in snow. If I had a problem with the car it would be that it lacks power. The engine doesn't get into its power band until around 4000 rpm. I highly recommend the 5 speed to get full enjoyment of the engine.

Best Features

Interior design of the car is really great. The ES package makes for a sporty economy car. Handling of the car is great. The 4 wheel disk breaks are very responsive and the suspension is quite sporty.

Worst Features

Even though it is an improvement from the 1.6 liter engine from 2001, the engine still lacks low rpm power. It seems sluggish until you get over 4000 rpm. An engine with more horsepower would be great.
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