2002 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Poor Girl's Sports Car

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Poor Girl's Sports Car
By redhed on


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


I absolutely love my little Protege! It's fun to drive, is awesome in corners, and looks great. I still get a thrill when I see it all shined up, even more than a year after buying it (mine is black, with a mask on the front). I laughingly call it my "poor girl's sports car" because it's the closest thing to a sports car I can afford. I'm very pleased with the handling and performance of this car. After test driving one, I knew I had to have it! It gives me the sporty look I like, but has the room for me to play "soccer mom" when toting my teenager and her friends around.

Best Features

I love the way it hugs the roads in corners. It really has a lot of pep. I also like its appearance, and think it is more than competition for some of the higher-priced competitive models.

Worst Features

It would be nice if the rear-window defroster automatically turned off.
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