Protege is one the best handling front wheel drive cars in its class still to date. The car moves any where you want it move without much effort. The interior is pretty good better then average. Gas mileage is great on the car. I've had my protege for about 3 years and it's on 93,000 and never gave me any problems as long you take care of the car. I suggest buying some performance parts for the car, cold air intake, and exhaust system. For ride comfort suggest getting 17 inch rims no bigger with sporty tires. Will make a world difference.
Very responsive steering, great brakes, 5 speed transmission is a lot of fun. Plenty room for you and friends enjoy a long rides.
The wind noise is pretty loud. For people like speed like myself more horse power.