2002 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Fun car - needs more power

2002 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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Fun car - needs more power
By Dan Charlebois on


2002 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


I bought my 2002 Protoge in October of
2002 and it now has 11500 miles on
it. The handling of the car is more
than I could have expected. The car
has very precise steering (perhaps a
bit of oversteer) and the suspension
is tighter than most in its class.
This makes cornering quite fun,
especially with the 195/50 R16 Dunlap
tires. Living in Syracuse I had to
buy a set of Blizzak's to get
anywhere. The Dunlap's were useless
in snow.

If I had a problem with the car it
would be that it lacks power. The
engine doesn't get into its power band
until around 4000 rpm. I highly
recommend the 5 speed to get full
enjoyment of the engine.

Best Features

Interior design of the car is really great. The ES package makes for a sporty economy car. Handling of the car is great. The 4 wheel disk breaks are very responsive and the suspension is quite sporty.

Worst Features

Even though it is an improvement from the 1.6 liter engine from 2001, the engine still lacks low rpm power. It seems sluggish until you get over 4000 rpm. An engine with more horsepower would be great.
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