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Dont miss out! This car's a GEM!
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By Happy with Mazda
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2002 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I purchased the 4 door 2002 ES Model in
Seabreeze -(Light Aqua/Green) as a
leftover in Jan of 03. This was a great
move, the car is reliable, good price,
GREAT looking inside AND out, and ALOT
peppier than youd expect. Also very
comfortable. The 6CD changer and
sunroof make great toys for the price.
Safety is covered with the airbags and
brakes... I highly recommend this car!


Best Features

Great visibility through the windshield- wide range of view, Great Body Style, Stylish Interior, refined spoilers: sporty but not gaudy, and HUGE trunk!


Worst Features

I drive ALOT everyday, and notice that a tank of gas doesnt last very long, so Im refueling more than Id like to, but like I said, I drive ALOT.


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Excellent
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By buffet2
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2002 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This is the first new car that I have
purchased. I have enjoyed the car! It
is roomier than it's competitors. With
a family and a busy schedule, that is
really important. I am still getting
high gas mileage even though the car is
a year old. It was difficult at first
to get used to a 4 cylinder, but this
car still has enough horsepower that I
don't seem to notice it anymore.


Best Features

GAS MILEAGE, backseat room.


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Poor Girl's Sports Car
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By redhed
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2002 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I absolutely love my little Protege!
It's fun to drive, is awesome in
corners, and looks great. I still get
a thrill when I see it all shined up,
even more than a year after buying it
(mine is black, with a mask on the
front). I laughingly call it my "poor
girl's sports car" because it's the
closest thing to a sports car I can
afford. I'm very pleased with the
handling and performance of this car.
After test driving one, I knew I had to
have it! It gives me the sporty look I
like, but has the room for me to
play "soccer mom" when toting my
teenager and her friends around.


Best Features

I love the way it hugs the roads in corners. It really has a lot of pep. I also like its appearance, and think it is more than competition for some of the higher-priced competitive models.


Worst Features

It would be nice if the rear-window defroster automatically turned off.


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Best compact for the money
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By doucetd
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2002 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Needed a second car and looked at
Mazda, Honda, Corolla, and Sentra. All
great cars and each with its own
character. But, when it was time to
buy, Mazda offered the best deal($3000
better than any of the above with the
same features) and was by far and away,
the best car. Drives with aplomb,
handles suberbly, breaks better than my
Seville, interior is flawlessy designed
and Quality is built in. Acceleration
is more than I would expect from a
compact car. I enjoy the comfort of
this car better than my Cadillac--all
though it does lack many digital
gadgits. Overall, I would but this car
again in a heart beat.


Best Features

Ride and comfort are superb. This is a nice niche car,has Quality built in, and gives you a solid feel of rubber meeting the road..


Worst Features

More cupholders.The passenger seat has a gap between the top and bottom portion and consequently, items tend to slide through the gap and fall on the back floor.


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fun fun fun
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By mike b
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2002 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

best car in its class, hands down. the
engine isn't going to win any awards
for refinement and there are a few more
interior rattles than i'd prefer
(although that may be due to autoXing),
but in terms of styling, handling,
braking and overall driving experience,
this car has it all over Civics,
Corollas, Sentras and the like.


Best Features

Peppy engine, STRONG brakes and sharp, precise handling. Fun to drive factor. "Protege people" are a kind of little community.


Worst Features

a few more ponies please, along with a few less engine dBs at high rpms. initial depreciation is a killer.


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