2003 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Oh this is nice...and fun!

2003 Mazda Protege Sedan - Consumer Review

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Oh this is nice...and fun!
By A Hondaguy on


2003 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


I had always driven Hondas until the year end incentives led me to look at a Mazda. I have owned Preludes, and driven Civics, and my wife and I tested a Focus. The Protoge had better interior quality than the Ford, and more pep than a Civic. After test driving the car and comparing cost and features my wife and I both agreed on the Mazda. I love the the standard features of the LX. Throw on a spoiler, add the moonroof and 6cd package and it was a great deal for just over 13k out the door.

Best Features

I love the peppy engine and great handling. I also really like the smooth 5-speed manual. I have enjoyed the 6cd changer more than I expected, and I am addicted to having a moonroof. I also really like the Laser Blue paint.

Worst Features

The fuel efficency has been a little less than I had hoped, but still around 30mpg. Perhaps include a passenger side automatic lock for the doors.
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