2002 Mazda Protege User Reviews

2002 Mazda Protege Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 24 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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"power" 10 reviews
"ride" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"handling" 7 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"tires" 2 reviews

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Joel writes:
2002 Mazda Protege LX Review
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Pretty much everything.

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The gear ratio runs the RPM's a little high for my taste when driving at highway speeds.  Still gets great gas mileage though.  So not too much to complain about

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Fun Yet Practical Car — This car isn't the most exciting of vehicles yet has great performance for a sedan. It looks fairly sporty and drives wonderfully. The Protege is a very practical car, getting good gas mileage and having adequate room for four people plus their things, yet it holds its own when you want to be a little sporty. A very good car for every day use, or just to go out and enjoy a drive. Overall, it is very low cost for maintaining the vehicle. Especially with an average 30 MPG. I've had a few things that have needed to be replaced, but nothing more then what you'd expect with maintaining a vehicle. I'd definitely say this is a good one and lives up to Mazda's fun and "Zoom-Zoom" nature.

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Brad writes:
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Read my review, excellent acceleration and handling, can autocross even stock.

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None that I can think of.

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Way To Go Mazda!! — My Protege, what can I say about it. I love the damn car!!! Its my little Honda/neon/focus/Ford F-150/(and just recently)Firebird slayer. Ive had the car for a fantastic 42000 miles and I see no sign of trading it in at any point soon. The performance of it is amazing, easy to drive, great stock sound system, and comfortable ride. WAY TO GO MAZDA!!

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gonzalezd15 writes:
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Super great on gas. The motor loves to be rev'd all the way to red-line! These car are great competetors to the 2001-2004 civic. The turn in is great as well as how zippy it feels when your are giving it gas.

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A little wobbly at high speeds.

gonzalezd15
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2002 Mazda Protege Manual — This car is a blast to drive! truly a perfect daily driver for anyone on a budget. The car is sporty too as it comes from the factory with a sporty stance. The car really can move if you give it gas. All shifts are smooth as well, anyone can drive this car it is super easy to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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justanothernotorist writes:
2002 Mazda Protege DX Review
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This is an unusually good-looking car - clean and attractive without being flashy or trendy. For its small size, it was quite spacious, with comfortable seating. It's probably the best-handling four-door I have driven, and thus a lot of fun to drive. Acceleration was above-average for a small car but needed revving for best uphill performance. It is a well-built car, which I discovered to my cost when the car was T-boned to death by someone who ran a flashing red light.

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This is not a quiet car. In addition, fuel economy could be better  (it's no better than in the bigger, more powerful Kia Optima, for example).

justanothernotorist
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I Liked This Car! — The car had pretty decent power, and was easy on the eyes. It was fun to drive - tarnished just a bit by high engine noise levels. Maintenance costs were in line of what to expect - the only superfluous breakdown was a failed thermostat. It had comfortable seating and was a fair family car even for taller people. Fuel economy was a bit disappointing. I picked it up at a lowish price because it was a base model, but after three years of use, got $500 less than I paid for it from the insurance company after it was totaled. Not bad!

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Justin writes:
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Braking is less than impressive

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Don't Underestimate These Cars! — The best part of my car is the way it handles! It is easily one of the most enjoyable small cars in terms of handling and performance. It get's great fuel mileage, stands up well to daily driving, and it looks good in the process!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Иван-Филип writes:
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Everything

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Car is addictive and you'll find yourself revving it all the time (which doesn't help fuel consumption hehe).

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Awsome Car, Even With An Auto Tranny. 2.0 L4 Just Plain Rocks — Interior is beautiful, car is super reliable, styling is very nice. Engine has a lot of torque at any rpm (including low), which makes it a better engine than the already great 1.8 l4 of the previous generations.No rust problem, NOTHING on it broke in over 6 years owning it, with the exception of a stupid anti-pollution device, the egr valve.

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mommacatt writes:
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5

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Great gas mileage - 30 mpg daily driving (55 mph roads) Lots of get up and go...zoom zoom!

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nothing

mommacatt
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Awesome Zoom Zoom Gas Saver — I will purchase another Mazda since driving this car. I have had the same size Nissan and prefer this over that brand of vehicle. I have spent very little on maintenance. It uses synthetic oil. I am the second owner and have taken very good care of my little gem.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dason27 writes:
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3

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Compact

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Runs at high EPMS

Dason27
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Nice — It's a good car to have going from point A to point B and easy to handle. I would recommend this car for in the city driving rather than a long trip because of the high RPMS. This car runs 3100 RPMS when driving at 70 miles an hour

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Alexi writes:
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Underpowered stock.

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Decent Car. — Needs more power. Good thing we added a few things. CIA was added for performance as well as an engine remapping. It didn't cost us anything to run but the purchase, insurance and gas lol. And mods. Good little car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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DevonGTX writes:
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Fun, lovely, well equipped

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Shoddy plastics, could use more power

DevonGTX
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Amazing — Mazda had hit the nail right on the head. Cruise control, sunroof, automatic everything, in a compact saloon! A little underpowered, the 4-cylinder, but great revs. I survived a 50 mph crash in the thing, and got out with only a broken rib. Great car.

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2003 Mazda Protege Reviews

Great! By dash147

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Go-cart Ride For A Daily Commute Or Quick Trip Around Town. By James

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2001 Mazda Protege Reviews

An Excellant Car And Fun To Drive. It Has Power,acceleration And Good Braking Power. By Mazda544

This car is fun to drive, it has power.Other than normal maintenance it does not cost me a lot of money to maintain . Had MAZDA come with a solid wheel hubcaps, and uses 87 octane gas, I would give th... Read More

Goodbye Friend By R. Narayan

This was the first car I purchased and I have maintained it pretty well. The interior and exterior look very good. The mechanicals are good and I have only spent money perishables. The car was new whe... Read More

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2000 Mazda Protege Reviews

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Great acceleration, braking is okay, handling is amazing. Build quality is pretty good except the weak spots in the body where it tends to rust. Fortunately this protege has had very little rust poke ... Read More

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The 2000 Mazda Protege' tan was about as boring a car can get. I bought it brand new with 5 speed manual transmission. My personality and lifestyle at the time was very conservative and it was proba... Read More

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1999 Mazda Protege Reviews

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The car was fantastic on gas with the 1.8L under the hood. The Protege that I owned had a 5-speed manual transmission. Aside from the great gas mileage, it's the only other reason why I kept the car a... Read More

Bottom Line For The Moneys Worth This Is A Great Car For Any Beginner Driver By Gary

performance 1.8l engine that can be easily modded to suit anybody's needs. acceleration is a bit slow at first but can be changed through performance add ons. breaking and handling was designed to t... Read More

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1998 Mazda Protege Reviews

Perfect By Joelle

l love evrything hate nothing everything is great about this car except the horn sounds like a ladybug my kids say.. this is the perfect car for your growing family and also as a first car for the k... Read More

It Was My Fiance's Car And I Plan To Get It Back In Shape And Keep It That Way In Honor Of Her. By Hotwire963

It has been very dependable and has a very forgiving clutch for teaching people how to drive a manual transmission. It is a very basic model and I Love that. I just wish it had cruise control, power w... Read More

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