Fun car - needs more power
By Dan Charlebois on
2002 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
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
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.
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.
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.