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2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible RWD
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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2021 Ford Mustang
EcoBoost Convertible RWD
MSRP
$32,705
Invoice
$31,397
Average Price Paid
$32,705
65 listings nationwide

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2003 Mazda Protege
DX
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EcoBoost Convertible RWD
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DX
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Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2021 Ford Mustang
EcoBoost Convertible RWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$39,743
8 listings nationwide

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2003 Mazda Protege
DX
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$4,463
4 listings nationwide

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User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2021 Ford Mustang
EcoBoost Convertible RWD
SG writes:
Handling Ranked 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI worse.
"Great car handling is great and reliable. Very comfortable driving car in any situation "
2003 Mazda Protege
DX
25
Jawn writes:
First vehicle bought and owned personally. Excellent entry level car. Paid under 14k new off the lot. Got exce...
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2009 Jeep Liberty Limited 4WD better.
"Easily fits at least 3 times as much more cargo than the protege."
Would Buy Ranked 2009 Jeep Liberty Limited 4WD better.
"Its a highly capable excellent quality smaller SUV from a well respected manufacturer. Well worth the money."
205
Todd 2003 Mazda Protege DXReview:

Good Little Cars, If You Check It Over Well It Should Be Reliable. — Really reliable little cars, if well taken care of. Relatively inexpensive for parts. The performanc...

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Dane 2003 Mazda Protege DXReview:

Fool's Gold — it's freaking gold.

Specs

2021 Ford Mustang
EcoBoost Convertible RWD
2003 Mazda Protege
DX
Powertrain
Drivetrain
RWD
RWD
RWD
RWD
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
20 MPG
20 MPG
19 MPG
20 MPG
22 MPG
22 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
27 MPG
28 MPG
26 MPG
27 MPG
28 MPG
28 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 15.5 gal 14 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
330 hp @ 6,000 RPM
310 hp @ 5,500 RPM
330 hp @ 6,000 RPM
310 hp @ 5,500 RPM
130 hp @ 6,000 RPM
130 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque
350 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM
350 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM
350 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM
350 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM
135 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
135 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
9.5:1
9.5:1
9.5:1
9.5:1
9.1:1
9.1:1
Displacement
2,300 cc
2,300 cc
2,300 cc
2,300 cc
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.45 in x 3.7 in
3.45 in x 3.7 in
3.45 in x 3.7 in
3.45 in x 3.7 in
3.26 in x 3.62 in
3.26 in x 3.62 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard --
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Optional
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Front Driver -- 5 stars
Front Passenger -- 4 stars
Side Driver -- 3 stars
Side Rear Passenger -- 4 stars
Rollover (pre-2011) -- 4 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof -- Optional
Air Conditioning Standard Optional
CD Player -- Standard
CD Changer -- Optional
Cassette Player -- Optional
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard --
Power Door Locks Standard --
Passenger Power Seats -- Optional
Interior
Maximum Seating 4 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 45.1 in 42.2 in
Back Legroom 29.2 in 35.4 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 11.4 cu ft 12.9 cu ft
Exterior
Length 188.5 in 175.3 in
Width 81.9 in 67.1 in
Height 54.9 in 55.5 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 102.8 in

Available Options

2021 Ford Mustang
EcoBoost Convertible RWD

Exterior Colors

  • Antimatter Blue Metallic
  • Carbonized Gray Metallic
  • Grabber Yellow
  • Iconic Silver Metallic
  • Oxford White
  • Race Red
  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Shadow Black
  • Twister Orange Tri-Coat
  • Velocity Blue Metallic

Option Packages

  • 2.3L High Performance Package
  • Active Valve Performance Exhaust
  • Black Accent Package
  • Ford Safe & Smart Package
  • Wheel & Stripe Package
  • Equipment Group 101A
  • Transmission: 10-Speed Selectshift Automatic
  • Wheels: 19" X 8.5" Polished Aluminum
  • Wheels: 19" X 9" Luster Nickel-Painted Forged Alum
2003 Mazda Protege
DX

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