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2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege
4 Dr Turbo Sedan
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$20,500
2013 Mazda MAZDASPEED3
Touring
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$14,775
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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

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...

2013 Mazda MAZDASPEED3
Touring
Michael Perkins Preview:

One of the joys of writing about the automobile industry is typing out some of the ridiculous names manufacturers dream up. Start with some ridiculous letter/number combo from Infiniti...

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

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.)

2013 Mazda MAZDASPEED3
Touring
45
Joseph writes:
Alot of power and very fun to drive. The only thing is when u put ur foot down, hold on to that steering wheel
BakkaChi writes:
I love it. Fantastic car
Handling Ranked 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe worse.
"LSD and elctronic assisted steering rack"
Back Seats Ranked 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe worse.
"More space and 4 doors. More comfy too"
JSparkles writes:
Quick nice drive around town. I have only had my Speed3 for about 2 weeks, but I get great power and gas milea...
Handling Ranked 2017 Ford Focus SE Hatchback worse.
"The steering is tighter as well as the suspension. "
Front Seats Ranked 2017 Ford Focus SE Hatchback worse.
"They are better fit to keep you in the seat on corners than the ford."

Specs

2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege
4 Dr Turbo Sedan
2013 Mazda MAZDASPEED3
Touring
Powertrain 5-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
22 MPG
18 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
28 MPG
25 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 14 gal 15.9 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
170 hp @ 6,000 RPM
263 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Torque
160 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM
280 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
--
9.5:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
2,300 cc
Bore x Stroke
--
3.44 in x 3.7 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags -- Standard
Curtain Airbags -- Standard
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 --
Overall -- 5 stars
Front Crash Overall -- 5 stars
Front Crash Driver -- 5 stars
Front Crash Passenger -- 4 stars
Side Crash Overall -- 3 stars
Side Barrier Driver -- 4 stars
Side Barrier Passenger -- 2 stars
Side Pole Driver -- 3 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Leather Seats -- Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 42.2 in 42 in
Back Legroom 35.4 in 36.2 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume -- 17 cu ft
Exterior
Length 174.6 in 177.6 in
Width 67.1 in 69.7 in
Height 55.5 in 57.5 in
Wheelbase 102.8 in 103.9 in

Available Options

2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege
4 Dr Turbo Sedan
2013 Mazda MAZDASPEED3
Touring

Exterior Colors

  • Black Mica
  • Crystal White Pearl Mica/Black
  • Liquid Silver Metallic/Black
  • Velocity Red Mica/Black

Option Packages

  • MAZDASPEED Tech PKG

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