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2002 Mazda 626
ES V6
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$22,405
2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege
4 Dr Turbo Sedan
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$20,500

Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2002 Mazda 626
ES V6

The 2002 Mazda 626 only saw minimal changes for the model year, including new interior and exterior color choices. This would be the last year for the 626. Though it was Mazda's top-se...

2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege
4 Dr Turbo Sedan

Available for only one year, the MAZDASPEED Protege was the first limited-edition, high-performance Mazda to feature a special tuning package from MAZDASPEED, Mazda's own in-house moto...

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

2002 Mazda 626
ES V6
GuruCNT7F writes:
Dependable good car for the money.
Kelly writes:
I have a 2001 626 lx I4 like the car allot v6 would have been nice bit 4cyl will hold its own handles great
GuruFWZG1 writes:
Very reliable as long as the proper maintenance is done.
2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege
4 Dr Turbo Sedan
Tpprice8 writes:
Excellent
25
lechu004 2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege 4 Dr Turbo SedanReview:

Fun To Drive, Small Affordable Sports Car — Loved the acceleration and speed of this car, excellent handling on all road conditions. Too small f...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

25
Manuel 2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege 4 Dr Turbo SedanReview:

Msp — Can be fun but always breaking down. Stock internals are weak and cant handle very much power, gas ...

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

Specs

2002 Mazda 626
ES V6
2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege
4 Dr Turbo Sedan
Powertrain 5-Speed Manual
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
18 MPG
19 MPG
22 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
24 MPG
25 MPG
28 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 16 gal 14 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
165 hp @ 6,000 RPM
165 hp @ 6,000 RPM
170 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque
161 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM
161 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM
160 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
6 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
9.5:1
9.5:1
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Displacement
2,500 cc
2,500 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.33 in x 2.92 in
3.33 in x 2.92 in
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Safety
ABS Brakes Optional Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Optional --
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Front Driver 4 stars 5 stars
Front Passenger 5 stars 4 stars
Side Driver 3 stars 3 stars
Side Rear Passenger 3 stars 4 stars
Rollover (pre-2011) -- 4 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Optional --
Leather Seats Standard --
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional --
Cassette Player Optional --
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard --
Passenger Power Seats Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 43.6 in 42.2 in
Back Legroom 34.6 in 35.4 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 14.2 cu ft --
Exterior
Length 187.4 in 174.6 in
Width 69.3 in 67.1 in
Height 55.1 in 55.5 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 102.8 in

Available Options

2002 Mazda 626
ES V6
2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege
4 Dr Turbo Sedan

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