The Protege ES is a beautifully balanced
car, with controls that make it a lot of
fun to drive. The sleeper option is the
SportMode AT on the ES model and the
Protege5, which does not kill the
personality of the car. While not as
quick off the line as the 5-speed, the
rest of the car allows it to be driven
quickly, with 2nd or 3rd gears only a
tap away. THE SPORTMODE IS A GREAT
ALTERNATIVE FOR FAMILIES FACING THE
SHIFT/NO SHIFT DILEMA.
Great brakes, with great feel and
real-world stopping power. Razor-sharp
suspension, super-quick steering, and
50-series, low profile tires, with great
grip, give you a car that feels securely
connected to the road: you actually feel
that you are driving it.
A 5-speed SportMode automatic
transmission would be nice.