2002 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: High Value budget sports sedan

2002 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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ES Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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High Value budget sports sedan
By movieye on


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


In LA, with gas pushing past $2.50 a
gallon, I decided to replace my 2000
BMW 325 with something fun to drive but
economical. I was delighted to find a
2002 Protege ES with only 8800 miles on
it at a Toyota dealership. 5-speed,
moonroof, 6-CD stereo - the Protege is
a blast to drive - much more responsive
than the BMW! I wish it had leather but
for the money, I can always add leather
later. Great buy. I've seen people
complain about its gas mileage, but I'm
coming from a premium gas 6-cylinder
BMW that drank $40/tank so this is a
major improvement.

Best Features

Front end styling, dash ergonomics, stock stereo is pretty good, handling, shift is solid

Worst Features

Rear end styling square compared to front, leather option - guess my next car will be the Mazda3!
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