The 2002 Mazda Protege ES was purchased
for my 17 year old daughter to
accomodate her senior year in high
school and evenutally her college
years. The family agreed the looks of
the Protoge were greatly imporved in
2000 and the tight handling of the car
was a welcomed break from our SUVs and
other mid-sized vehicles like a
Chrysler's Sebring Coupe. The interior
room is very comfortable and looks
great. For an economy car loaded up
with a moonroof/side airbags has only
some common features missing compared
to higher priced cars - no trunk remote
and useable console armrest. This is
off-set by getting a fun sporty ride
and its stunning front end styling.
Exterior - the front half of the
vehicle looks great - better than
anything else in its class. Handling
and acceleration great. Great seat
comfort & interior romminess. Dashboard
& center console look good and
functional. A pleasure to drive and
Harsh ride at times on rough roads.
On a stretch of older freeway a
lot of the uneveness of the road comes
right through.Road noise is OK at high
speed, reducing it would be better. Rear
Tailights arn't distinctive. Again, a
fun car with minor misses.
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