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2002 Mazda 626
ES V6
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$22,405
1 vehicle

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2003 Mazda Protege
DX
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$14,200
3 listings nationwide

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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 Protege
DX
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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 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

25
Dane 2003 Mazda Protege DXReview:

Fool's Gold — it's freaking gold.

Specs

2002 Mazda 626
ES V6
2003 Mazda Protege
DX
Powertrain
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
18 MPG
19 MPG
22 MPG
22 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
24 MPG
25 MPG
28 MPG
28 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 16 gal 14 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
165 hp @ 6,000 RPM
165 hp @ 6,000 RPM
130 hp @ 6,000 RPM
130 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque
161 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM
161 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM
135 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
135 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
6 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
9.5:1
9.5:1
9.1:1
9.1:1
Displacement
2,500 cc
2,500 cc
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.33 in x 2.92 in
3.33 in x 2.92 in
3.26 in x 3.62 in
3.26 in x 3.62 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Optional --
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Optional 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 Optional
Leather Seats Standard --
Air Conditioning Standard Optional
CD Player Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional Optional
Cassette Player Optional Optional
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard --
Power Door Locks Standard --
Driver Power Seats Standard --
Passenger Power Seats Standard Optional
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 12.9 cu ft
Exterior
Length 187.4 in 175.3 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 Protege
DX

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