I had a 1999 Corolla. It was a
great car, but it was more vanilla than
The Breyer's Ice Cream Factory. No
excitement, no fun! If your looking for
all the pluses of the Toyota Corolla's
build quality & reliability, but want
something MUCH more fun to drive. MUCH
more stylish, the Protege is IT. I put
every single option on this car, from
the Auto-dimming Rear View mirror
to the cargo net in the trunk. If it
was an option, I put it on this car.
Friends with MUCH more expensive cars,
actually like driving my car and draw
comparisons to their much more
expensive the Audi A4 and the like.
What's that tell ya?
Excellent tight steering feel, great
handling and cornering, excellent
overall road stability. Attention to
fit and finish, great interior
fabrics/Colors as well as feel. Nothing
about this car says cheap.
Biggest Gripe: The ride does get
stiff/jiggly at times on secondary
roads. Soften it a bit without
compromising the excellent
handling. Also make standard: glove box
light, and passenger side door Lock
control, more speakers w/6 disk CD and
Keyless Remote Trunk Release.