I really enjoy my Protege and am glad I decided to
purchase it. It has more power than other small
sedans that I've driven, has very reponsive gas and
break input, and handles incredibly well. The
suspension is fairly tight, so you feel bumps more,
but this also makes turning feel more stable. It's a
great car, and I plan on holding onto mine for a
The performance and handling - it makes driving to
the grocery store much more fun :)
The fuel efficiency is pretty good, but I feel like they
could have improved it a bit more - similar to what
they've just done with the Mazda3. It looks like
Mazda took the Protege's best aspects and made
them even better.
I wouldn't buy any other car. Mazda is
the greatest car for the money, very
reliable and smooth ride with a kick.
Smooth handling and comfortable
seating. It just glides on the
highway. Glad to see the green
courtesy light is back over the
Incoming air switch should be an
optional movement again like it used to
be. Right now when you have the switch
on window defogger, you have no choice
but to smell the fumes from the vehicle
in front of you. Heaven forbid it
should be a bus.
I have had this car for a year and a
half and have absolutely fell in love
with it. The ride is quiet and smooth
and the placement of eveything is
wonderful. It's so fun to drive down
the road, especially with the wonderful
stereo system and the comfortable
seats. And the best part about it is
that it's like riding in a Lexus, but
for thousands less than a Honda.
Honda's are cheaper, in my opinion, and
have horrible styling. This car offers
style, comfort, affordablitiy, and
My favorite feature is the styling and
the stereo. Also, i like the small
touches of silver-chrome on the inside.
I think that the newer 2004 Mazda 3's
are getting to be too much like a
Chrysler in styling, they should stick
with the old style.
This is a great car but I have had a
few mishaps. First, two Dunlop tires
were damaged after a mishap with a curb
and not too hard of a hit. The tire
walls were damaged after 9 months of
owning the car. No warranty on the
tires and Dunlop would not consider the
tires to be defective. A small part
broke on the cars heating fan, CD has
started to skip but was covered under
warranty. The service at the
dealership has been impeccable.
Interior is great, comfortable seats,
great visibility, layout of dashboard
is perfect for my short stature and
arms, drive left handed and have plenty
of room between door and arm/elbow.
Power baby!!! Needs more power and
that's it!! Oh and maybe a more
powerful factory stereo.