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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Club RWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$31,987
2003 Mazda Protege
DX
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$14,200
10 listings nationwide

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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Club RWD
No User Reviews
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."
195
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

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Club RWD
2003 Mazda Protege
DX
Powertrain
Drivetrain
RWD
RWD
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
26 MPG
26 MPG
22 MPG
22 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
34 MPG
35 MPG
28 MPG
28 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 11.9 gal 14 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
181 hp @ 7,000 RPM
181 hp @ 7,000 RPM
130 hp @ 6,000 RPM
130 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque
151 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
151 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
135 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
135 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
13:1
13:1
9.1:1
9.1:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
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
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 2 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 43.1 in 42.2 in
Back Legroom -- 35.4 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 4.6 cu ft 12.9 cu ft
Maximum Payload 386 lbs --
Exterior
Length 154.1 in 175.3 in
Width 68.3 in 67.1 in
Height 48.8 in 55.5 in
Wheelbase 90.9 in 102.8 in

Available Options

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Club RWD

Exterior Colors

  • Arctic White
  • Jet Black Mica
  • Machine Gray Metallic
  • Machine Gray Paint Charge
  • POLYMETAL Gray
  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic

Option Packages

  • Appearance Package
  • BREMBO/BBS RECARO Package
  • Soul Red Crystal Paint Charge
2003 Mazda Protege
DX

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