2003 Mazda Protege5 User Reviews

2003 Mazda Protege5 Review Ratings

  • Rank your car

Average Ratings from 34 reviews

  • Performance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

PROS
"ride" 17 reviews
"handling" 13 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"reliable car" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 9 reviews
"turbo" 3 reviews
"noise" 2 reviews
"stiff suspension" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

User Reviews

Displaying 1 - 10 of 35 2003 Mazda Protege5 reviews.

writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:

Pros

Driving experience
Utility
Reliability
Sight lines
Driving position
Gas mileage

Cons

None

Screen245
25

Zoom! Zoom! — This is my mothers car. She loves the look, comfort, utility, build quality, gas mileage, performance, and handling. It is just plain fun to drive. I would recommend it to anyone who is in need of a good, reliable commuter vehicle.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Protege5
Looking for a Used Protege5 in your area?
CarGurus has 134 nationwide Protege5 listings and the tools to find you a great deal.
ZIP:
writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:

Pros

over all exterior and interior design are simple and easy to personalize and make your own. quick and agile for a little four banger , and great visibility  

Cons

cabin is very noisy and bumpy, a/c controls are loose and function spuratically

michaelmoore
25

I Loveperfect For A Budget An Still Fun And Enjoyable — the only mechanical discomfort is the transmission reverse is where the non existent 6th gear should be and 5th revs too high also a lot of shift jiggle. The suspension is far to stiff and instead of adding performance it takes away

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:

Pros

Super responsive steering.

Cons

A little small, but suitable for short distances with five adults in it.

marswife
65

Sporty Hatchback With Cute Styling — Loved the car. With four doors and a hatch back we packed quite a few people and stuff in it at different times. We thoroughly enjoyed the drive. Cornered like it was on rails. Parallel parked like a dream. Super responsive steering. It was a 5-speed manual so we pulled all the power we needed, when needed. *Very* fun to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

handling, size

Cons

Rust! and the seats are not comfy (lots of backaches)

45

5-door Grocery Getter That Feels Like A Go-kart — I bought the car new in 2003 for it's handling, looks,equipment and unparalleled value at the time. It's been a fun car, handling daily tasks well, being practical and making a good long distance companion. Now thanks to the depreciation it's worth nothing, but makes a great commuter car for the daily 905/416 struggle.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

styling

Cons

body/brakes/wheels

anubis44
35

I'll Never Buy Another Mazda Due To Poor Service At Dealer (i Think This Car Was A Lemon) — Purchased in Dec. '04 w/ 16k. Had vehichle rust protected by dealer since I live in ON & use salt brine in winter. Still a rust bucket. ABS/ ebrake sensors gone @ 40k. Brakes done 4x under 70k. Im thinking itsa lemon!

Primary Use: Family transportation

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

fun performance

Cons

nil

45

Don't Hit Anything — Awesome little Japanese car that perform very well against lancers, hondas etc... on all facet. it is an eye turner very well built, worry free that was fun to drive, i'd buy an other one but the Aussies don't have that model.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

Fun to drive - cant go wrong or end up in the field.

Cons

Did I say RUST!!!!

25

Dont Buy It New - Go For A Good Deal And Negotiate! — Sport drive which is good - lacks a bit of HP and steadiness in the curves at high speed. Overall very economic so can't complain! Big disappointment on the body - had to spent lot of time & money getting rid of that rust!

Primary Use: Family transportation

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

Practicality and fun in one package

Cons

Not very fast

45

Absolutely A Great Vehicle To Own, Love It To Death — Quick but by no means fast, great craftsmanship and build quality, no rattling or poor components, nice color and style, cheap to own and maintain, and has lots of space and is great to drive. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

handles great

Cons

not so speedy off the line

25

Good Car For Small Family — all performance is good except acceleration. no problems very reliable. looks good fun to drive mileage so so at 31 mpg would like higher. build quality is good on par for japanese cars. interior is very good lots of good options

Primary Use: Family transportation

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

Fun to drive, Economical, Good space, reliable

Cons

Cheap options

70

Laser Blue Pro5 — This car was great, just reminded me too much of the economy car of which is was based. It was peppy and fun to drive. The engine provided adequate power which was enough for such a small car. I loved the colour of Laser blue and I had the Tiptronic sport tranny which i enjoyed using.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No

Displaying 1 - 10 of 35 2003 Mazda Protege5 reviews.

Rank your car

Reviews From Other Years

2002 Mazda Protege5 Reviews

Zoom Zoom By Guinness5

It is simply fun to drive. Tight corners, aggressive gearing, and low to the ground. Not great for baby car seats or driving adults in the back seats. As the car aged, it got a little louder on the h... Read More

My Mazda Protege 5 By JHarrison123

First off, it is rated 4.8 stars out of 5 on Edmunds! They only had the car for two years, very rare and popular. also if you read the reviews, you read how people regret selling their car. The sti... Read More

Read all 36 2002 Mazda Protege5 reviews

People researching a 2003 Mazda Protege5 contacted a dealer about

Picture of 2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon, exterior
Mazda Protege5
27% of the time
Honda Civic
10% of the time
Mazda MAZDA3
8% of the time
Toyota Corolla
6% of the time
Protege5
Looking for a Used Protege5 in your area?
CarGurus has 134 nationwide Protege5 listings and the tools to find you a great deal.
ZIP: