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New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege
4 Dr Turbo Sedan
No Data Available
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
100th Anniversary Special Edition RWD
MSRP
$32,670
Invoice
$30,879
Average Price Paid
$31,033
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2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege
4 Dr Turbo Sedan
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100th Anniversary Special Edition RWD
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Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege
4 Dr Turbo Sedan
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$20,500
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
100th Anniversary Special Edition RWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$33,955

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...

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
100th Anniversary Special Edition RWD
Cherise Threewitt Preview:

The Mazda MX-5 Miata endures because it fills a need for simple and affordable driving enjoyment. It’s one of the most affordable sports cars on the road, and one of the most fun, desp...

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.)

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
100th Anniversary Special Edition RWD
15
pjgaecke writes:
While lacking in power, this car makes up for it in spades with personality. The first time you take it around...
Power Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD better.
"V8 with 420hp vs I4 with 181hp. The Mustang has lots of low end torque while the Miata requires you to wind it out to get to the power."
Handling Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD worse.
"Miata has better engineered front and rear independent suspension. The car is also designed to have neutral stability causing it to rotate around the driver and be easily controllable. Mustang has rental car spec suspension and a live rear axle. The weight distribution is not evenly split front to rear. It also lacks the chassis stiffness of the Miata."
Looks/Style Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD worse.
"It is designed as a convertible. The Mustang is modified from a coupe and has a set of rear seats stretching it out."
Front Seats Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD worse.
"Much more supportive and designed around a smaller person."
Back Seats Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD better.
"There are no rear seats in the Miata."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD better.
"It has rear seats in addition to a trunk."
Family Car Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD better.
"There are no rear seats in the Miata."
Value Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD worse.
"Better suspension. Better Chassis. Excellent engine characteristics (free revving, no rev hang, easy to rev match downshift, great power delivery) despite lack of power. Neutral handling. Better shifter. Easier to operate convertible top. Incredible gas mileage compared to the V8 (35 average vs 14 average)."
Would Buy Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD worse.
"Better drivers car. Cheaper insurance. Cheaper gas. "

Specs

2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege
4 Dr Turbo Sedan
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
100th Anniversary Special Edition RWD
Powertrain 5-Speed Manual
Drivetrain
FWD
RWD
RWD
Fuel Economy, City
22 MPG
26 MPG
26 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
28 MPG
34 MPG
35 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 14 gal 11.9 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
170 hp @ 6,000 RPM
181 hp @ 7,000 RPM
181 hp @ 7,000 RPM
Torque
160 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM
151 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
151 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
--
13:1
13:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
--
3.29 in x 3.59 in
3.29 in x 3.59 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side 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 --
Comfort and Convenience
Leather Seats -- Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard --
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard --
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 2 seats
Front Legroom 42.2 in 43.1 in
Back Legroom 35.4 in --
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume -- 4.6 cu ft
Maximum Payload -- 404 lbs
Exterior
Length 174.6 in 154.1 in
Width 67.1 in 68.3 in
Height 55.5 in 48.8 in
Wheelbase 102.8 in 90.9 in

Available Options

2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege
4 Dr Turbo Sedan
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
100th Anniversary Special Edition RWD

Exterior Colors

  • Snowflake White Pearl Mica

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