This was a step-down for me... from a
Jeep Cherokee. The transition was easy.
I got the 5-speed and glad I did. I
miss the power, but with the manual
shift, you have a little more control.
Comfortable interior and great sound
Great gas mileage. Nice smooth ride.
Like the moon-roof and CD changer.
I would definitely recommend this
vehicle. I purchased the 5 speed
manual transmission and it is fun to
drive. It is a comfortable car with
everything within reach. This car has
a huge trunk w/ a great split seat
feature. I appreciate the "anchor"
system for my son's car seat. I feel
safe and secure while driving; it
handles very well on the road. Only
wish that it was not so loud inside.
Tight suspension, Interior controls
very easy to reach, Comfortable seats,
Pretty roomy interior,
Drink cup holders not the easiest
location especially if your car phone
is plugged into the lighter area, you
basically cannot use the second cup
holder, raise the
center "armrest/compartment" a couple
of inches, a bit on the noisy side
I was very happy with my buying
experience, with the dealership, from
the salesman, to the service manager. I
expected better gas mileage, but it
gets about 28 or 29 mpg. Even on the
open road it only gets 30 mpg if the
a/c is off. It is very comfortable, and
has ample room for elbows, etc. That
was a big deal to me. It still looks
like a new car, even after six months.
It handles very well. If you want alot
of get up and go, it is not as good as
some others maybe, but it has enough
Style--it looks like a more expensive
car. Easy to clean--I don't pay for
expensive wash jobs, it is easy to do
myself. Maneuvers easily. Huge trunk
area, and great access from back seat
After owning this car for 3 months, I
can say I fall into the majority of
owners posted here.I paid 14200 for an
ES, 6cd/moonroof including rebate. The
car is fun to drive, low on power, but
I get 30mpg weekly driving steady 50/55
mph to and from work. Hello Mazda,
build the protegespeed for the masses.
Hands down styling beats Honda/Toyota
Build quality and roominess and price.
Another 40 hp would be nice and a
limited slip diff.
Car has sharp turning radius. Can pull
into parking area with no problem at
all. Car has good pick-up speed. Love
the sound system. Lots of trunk room.
Good car overall for the price. For
taller driver lots of head room. Nice
stiff handling. Only problems are that
it's not comfortable on long rides and
I dont see where its great on fuel, I
only get 250 miles on full tank of gas
with all highway driving.
The look of the car has a look of
class/luxury and the great fun of a
sports car. The turning radius is
fantastic. Moonroof is nice. Sound
system is great. Backseats can come
down all the way for bigger stuff, it's
like I have an SUV without the extra
More comfortable seating. Take those
kids tire "rims" off the rust is easy
to see on the rotar most people who buy
the car are not eighteen. The fuel
economy is terrible.