Had my protege almost 1 year now and
have enjoyed all the driving. Racked up
16000 miles on road trips and driving
to work and has been clear sailing thus
far. Milage is still improving on all
types of driving averaging about 28mpg
and I don't get too uncomfortable even
after 6 hours of straight driving.
Babied this car the whole way and it is
built to last. Can't beat the deal they
offered late in the model year.
Moonroof, 6-disc, abs all great options
on a bargain car. Solid driving on
sunny days and very controllable on
Drives great, can't ask for much more
on milage, styling is fine. Great
value, solid built car, fun to drive.
A car that will last.
Pockets behind seats would be nice,
auto lock not lit up at night, cup
holders need more space (kinda tight).
Add some more power, 130 is ok but more
would complete the package. Another
gear would be nice for H/W...RPM's
This vehicle is my workhorse, as far as
packing on the miles. In 1.5 years, I
have put 47,000 miles on this car. New
tires, front brake pads, and periodic
oil/air filter changes are pretty much
the only costs so far. Gas mileage
keeps getting better are the car gets
more miles on it. I love the pickup it
has in traffic and around town. It is
zippy when you need it. It's a great car.
Comfortable seats and steering wheel.
Ample trunk space.
Exterior styling is not very good, but
the new line of Mazda 3's seems to have
taken care of that.
Bought the Protege as a replacement for
a totaled Corolla. Suffice to say, the
Toyota isn't missed too much! Mazda
has done well with its Protege series,
blending attractive, if not standout,
looks, sporty performance, and a good
range of features. The Protege is great
fun to drive around in with its tight
handling characteristics. Its
comfortable interior is well-appointed
and coordinated for a car of its price
range. All in all, it's a good-looking
car that's equal parts practicality and
sportiness. Let's hope Mazda is able
to maintain this balance with the new 3.
So who says nothing good comes out of
Crisp steering and tightly tuned
suspension make for a great drive.
Exterior and interior layouts are
clean, attractive, and easy to use.
Very well-equipped for a compact. I
greatly appreciate the height-
adjustable driver's seat which is rare
for a car in this class. Visibility is
also a plus.
Power is adequate, but the Protege
isn't the quickest off the line. It
revs a bit too high at cruising speeds
for my taste (~3000 rpm at 70 mph, in
OD). Fuel economy has also been
somewhat disappointing given the
Protege's size (23-25 mpg).
I bought this car after my Subaru
Legacy was totaled by a tractor trailer
and was very impressed. I had my
reservations about getting a protegé
because I didnt like the mid 90's
styling. Out of all the cars that I
test drove this was the best. This has
excellent driver feedback, especially
the steering. It turns and stops on a
dime and there is no steering looseness
whatsoever. With the larger wheels and
v-rated tires this car hugs curves. I
find myself taking freeway on/off ramps
at 40mph just because it sticks so well
and there is minimum body roll. The
interior is very roomy and the layout
is simple and functional. This is the
best handling car in class.
Handing, sleeper looking design, very
roomy and comfortable interior
Since the protegé has been discontinued
there will be no improvements. Get one
while you can!