A sport car in sheep clothing
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Vehicle2003 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewI've test-driven Toyota Matrix base, 2002 Honda Civic LX and Mazda LX (all auto as gf wanted) before my final purchase of this Protege LX. Base Matrix was $16,000 plus, Civic LX was $15,000 plus, Mazda LX was $14,880 b/f tax to me with alloy wheels. Man, price was the prime deciding factor at first. Then, after test drives, I found that the Matrix's 130 horses was not enough to move the 2800-plus lbs of the auto, Honda - Na! No torgue! Protege won with 135 torgue and 130 hp for its 2700 lbs for the auto. Man, the road-holding is great! Fun-to-drive little car!
Best FeaturesGood sound system - enough boss to entertain during your ride! Wonderful braking power !!!!! If you read Car and Driver October 2002 issue, you see that they agree too.
Worst FeaturesA 2.0 liter 250+hp turbo-charged engine to complete with WRX, Lancer and SRT-4. Not the 170hp Mazdaspeed. A 2.3 liter 350+hp turbo-charged engine to complete with M3, IS430 and C320 AMG
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