2003 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Maza vs. Subaru

2003 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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Maza vs. Subaru
By Matt on


2003 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


My wife drives the Mazda and I drive the Subaru. She loves it. Only issue so far - passenger window fell off the track. This vehicle comes with a 50,000 mile warranty. Dealer fixed it, no hassle. I raced my wife one time off the line with our 2000 Subaru Legacy GT Wagon (165hp). She won! but not by much =). We've been very pleased with this car. Never bought Mazda before, happy we did. Would definitely buy Mazda again.

Best Features

Sporty handling, more responsive brakes versus our Subaru. Despite being 6'4", I don't feel too crammed in it. Great Warranty (50,000 miles). Haven't had to worry about it. Dent resistant doors like on a Saturn.

Worst Features

Gas mileage could be better. Our all wheel drive Subaru gets the same mileage - between 25 and 30mpg. Highway wind noise. Exterior paint is peeling in one section (just the glossy stuff, not the actual silver paint).
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