2003 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Sport Mode Auto Trans
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2003 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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ES Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Sport Mode Auto Trans
By Greg Watt on

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

Review

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.

Best Features

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.

Worst Features

A 5-speed SportMode automatic transmission would be nice.
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