Used 2003 Mazda Protege5

Pros & Cons

  • Tight suspension, powerful brakes, superb steering feel, comfortable seats, attractive exterior styling.
  • Cargo area too small to be considered for real station wagon duty.
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$2,162 - $4,891

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Edmunds' Expert Review

An enjoyable compact wagon that possesses more than its fair share of sports car reflexes.

2003 Highlights

The Protege5 now has carpeted floor mats as standard equipment, and the moonroof can now only be had with an in-dash six-disc CD changer. There's also a new color this year: Laser Blue Mica.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2003 Mazda Protege5.

Average user rating: 4.8 stars
303 total reviews
5 star reviews: 84%
4 star reviews: 13%
3 star reviews: 2%
2 star reviews: 1%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • appearance
  • interior
  • handling & steering
  • value
  • driving experience
  • comfort
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • fuel efficiency
  • spaciousness
  • seats
  • engine
  • sound system
  • acceleration
  • brakes
  • ride quality
  • dashboard
  • visibility
  • warranty
  • steering wheel
  • safety
  • towing
  • transmission
  • maintenance & parts
  • wheels & tires
  • lights
  • doors
  • cup holders
  • oil
  • climate control
  • off-roading
  • electrical system
  • road noise
  • emission system

Most helpful consumer reviews

4.875/5 stars, Absolutely Love It.
4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I work at a car rental company at an airport, so I drive brand new 2011-2012 cars all day long. This car is on par with these brand new cars, in my opinion. Everything about it is wonderful. The features, the handling, the styling, the utility, the mileage!. It's by far my favorite car to drive out of all I have driven!
5/5 stars, Amazing
4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I drove this car for three weeks. I loved it. Unfortunately a guy turned in front of me without looking. My car got totaled. This car saved my life. The paramedics could not believe how much the car was squished and not me. Besides the normal symptoms of a crash, I am way better than I should be. This is one amazing car in all aspects.
5/5 stars, Spacious and reliable,
4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
These cars are great on gas mileage they have a pretty good amount of room and maintenance is very low
4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I have owned this car for 10 years now and it has been nothing but good to me. I always took it to the dealership so anything related to maintenance and the few recalls were taken care of properly. I put a few modifications on it early on (Injen CAI, Racing Beat Catback Exhaust, Short Shifter) and have enjoyed even better performance and fun driving. Granted, this car is not going to win any drag races, but it is has decent pep and loves corners! Very reliable- never had anything beyond regular wear and tear in 10 years.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
22 City / 28 Hwy / 24 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 130 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 135 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Length: 170.5 in. / Height: 57.8 in. / Width: 67.1 in.
Curb Weight: 2716 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 19.8 cu.ft.


IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Mazda Protege5 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2003 Protege5 both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Mazda Protege5 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Protege5 gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Protege5 has 19.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mazda Protege5. Learn more

Is the Mazda Protege5 reliable?

To determine whether the Mazda Protege5 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Protege5. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Protege5's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2003 Mazda Protege5 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2003 Mazda Protege5 is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2003 Protege5 is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2003 Mazda Protege5?

The least-expensive 2003 Mazda Protege5 is the 2003 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $16,895.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $16,895
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What are the different models of Mazda Protege5?

If you're interested in the Mazda Protege5, the next question is, which Protege5 model is right for you? Protege5 variants include 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M). For a full list of Protege5 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2003 Mazda Protege5

Used 2003 Mazda Protege5 Overview

The Used 2003 Mazda Protege5 is offered in the following submodels: Protege5 Wagon. Available styles include 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M).

What do people think of the 2003 Mazda Protege5?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2003 Mazda Protege5 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2003 Protege5 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2003 Protege5.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2003 Mazda Protege5 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2003 Protege5 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

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We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2003 Mazda Protege5?

2003 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

The 2003 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $17,415. The average price paid for a new 2003 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M) is trending $15,337 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $15,337 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $2,078.

The average savings for the 2003 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M) is 88.1% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2003 Mazda Protege5?

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