1997 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Great fuel economy and reliabl

1997 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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LX Sedan (1.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Great fuel economy and reliable too.
By jbaggins on


1997 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan


Simply the best little car you could ask for.
5 speed shifts great, has sporty handling, has been super reliable (only a water pump in 5 years).
Best gas mileage of any small car of its vintage with the 1.5L engine.
Great for short trips but seating is not comfortable for me or the kids.
Good layout of controls (It's a Mazda).
No A/C and the car is super hot in summer due to non-tinted glass.
Ours has manual windows but no problems with interior hardware to date.
Everything still works.
Engine was been great, passes emission test every 2 years.
Not good in snow due to low sports-car like ground clearance.

Best Features

Sporty and fun to drive. Excellent transmission and peppy engine. Great mileage.

Worst Features

Tinted windows a must. Needs larger tires for better ground clearance if you want to drive in snow. Everything works well so I can't fault it for anything major. More storage inside and seats are not comfortable for anything more than 20 or 30 minute drive.
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