When I went looking for my first brand
new car- I was expecting a lot from the
car I chose. The only specific ideas I
had were that I wanted a hatchback, but
I also wanted four door. I wanted a
sporty yet comfortable car that I could
play in on the weekends and that would
be reliable in any situation. It took
me five months of research to find the
car I eventually bought, and I must say
it was worth the time and effort I put
into finding my new car. I am more
confident in my driving because of it.
I love that the back seats lay down for
extra cargo room, but it isn't a
huge "soccer mom" car that most people
picture when you say "wagon". I love
the extra cargo room you get when
laying down the seats,The easy access
feature of the "keyless" entry, the
white backing and orange glow of the
dash components- the six speaker system
and the stock 16" rims
I am only five foot two inches tall,
and the driver seat adjustments
sometimes are not adjustable enough
I have had the car for less then 3
months and put 9000 miles on it. I had
a V-6 Accord with several aftermarket
parts before I bought the P5. The P5
will out-handle the Accord any day of
the week. The car is much more stable
cornering and gives you confidence
entering any corner. The car is under
powered, but not terribly slow. Not
going to win any drags with this car.
The 5-spd revs high and is enjoyable
to drive. reat stereo and looks are
additional compliments. I have owned
Honda's for 10 years now and this was
my first Mazda. I am a big fan of the
company now and would recommend this
over a Civic anyday. Give Mazda a
shot - they won't let you down!!
Handling - great car to take on the
back roads. Excellent stock stereo -
with subwoofer and 6-cd player. Sharp
looking car for price.
It could you use slightly more
horsepower. Need to really rev the
engine to get the most out of it.
Controls on steering wheel for stero
(like the MPV has). Xenon headlight
I have this car about a year and a half and
have put a little over 20,00 miles on it. We
like snow sports and take long trips almost
every weekend. It is comfortable for me and
my 6'2" husband. With the seats down it is
very roomy and the uneven split back seat lets
you carry people and your skis, boards, etc.
The standard options for this car include
power windows/locks, a.c., and CD player. I
find it very peppy (standard trans) and fun to
drive. The interior has held together perfectly
considering the use we give it. Gas mieage
and acceleration are great for long trips.
The back seats very easily fold down to give
you cargo room.
The plastic bumpers could be improved.
Four-wheel or all-wheel drive would be great.
HAD THE CAR FOR 2 DAYS NOW. LOVE THE
SERVICE I RECEIVED,NO FUSS NO HASSLE.
THE CAR HANDLES AND PERFORMS GREAT FOR
A 4 BANGER! I LOVE THE
EXTERIOR/INTERIOR. THE LEATHER IS COOL
AND 6 DISK CHANGER ROCKS! I GOT A GREAT
DEAL FOR ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES.
DISK CHANGER,AND EVERRRRRRRYTHING ABOUT
ARMREST BETWEEN THE DRIVER AND
PASSENGER. 1ST AND 2ND GEAR WEAK. A
LITTLE MORE HORSES.
I've had had my Protege 5for about two
days. I was looking at Volkswagon
Golfs but found the the PR5 to have a
better value. It's a lot more fun to
drive and seems roomier than the GTI or
Golf. Overall, I'm really suprised
that I don't see more of these buggers
out on the road, considering all the
manufacturer's great incentives. The
car seems overwhelming with it's perks,
considering that I was driving a gas
guzzling 4x4 pickup before.
The flashy classic red, leather seats,
power everything, 6cd changer, smooth
lane changes, love it!
Cupholders and side door pockets would
be nice in the back but I haven't had
too many passengers yet.