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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2003 Mazda Protege
DX
No Data Available
2020 Toyota Corolla
L FWD
MSRP
$19,600
Invoice
$18,522
Average Price Paid
$17,349
983 listings nationwide

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2003 Mazda Protege
DX
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2020 Toyota Corolla
L FWD
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Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

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

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2020 Toyota Corolla
L FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$19,795
33 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2003 Mazda Protege
DX
No Expert Reviews
2020 Toyota Corolla
L FWD
Christian Wardlaw Test Drive Review:

If ever a car was to be described as an appliance, the Toyota Corolla was it. Cheap to buy, dependable as a sunrise, thrifty with fuel, and roomy enough for a frugal family, the Coroll...

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  • Look and Feel 8
  • Performance 7
  • Form & Function 6
  • Technology 7
  • Safety 7
  • Cost-Effectiveness 7

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

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.

2020 Toyota Corolla
L FWD
40
Guru81876 writes:
I liked the corolla alot. The seats were great and the overall feel was sporty. I didnt like the auto transmis...
Front Seats Ranked 2020 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition Sedan FWD worse.
"The front seats are softer than previous years."
Would Buy Ranked 2020 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition Sedan FWD better.
"The value edition offers great options for a great price. Compared to the 2020 corolla the cars are real close but the overall value of the Hyundai sways me to it."

Specs

2003 Mazda Protege
DX
2020 Toyota Corolla
L FWD
Powertrain Continuously Variable Transmission
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
22 MPG
22 MPG
30 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
28 MPG
28 MPG
38 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 14 gal 13.2 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
130 hp @ 6,000 RPM
130 hp @ 6,000 RPM
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Torque
135 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
135 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
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Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
9.1:1
9.1:1
10.7:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
1,800 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.26 in x 3.62 in
3.26 in x 3.62 in
3.17 in x 3.48 in
Safety
ABS Brakes -- Optional
Driver Airbag Standard Optional
Passenger Airbag Standard Optional
Front Side Airbags Optional Optional
Curtain Airbags -- 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 --
Overall -- 5 stars
Front Crash Overall -- 5 stars
Front Crash Driver -- 5 stars
Front Crash Passenger -- 5 stars
Side Crash Overall -- 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver -- 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger -- 5 stars
Side Pole Driver -- 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Optional --
Air Conditioning Optional Optional
CD Player Standard --
CD Changer Optional --
Cassette Player Optional --
Radio Standard Optional
Power Windows -- Optional
Power Door Locks -- Optional
Passenger Power Seats Optional --
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 42.2 in 42.3 in
Back Legroom 35.4 in 41.4 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 12.9 cu ft 13.1 cu ft
Maximum Payload -- 825 lbs
Exterior
Length 175.3 in 182.3 in
Width 67.1 in 70.1 in
Height 55.5 in 56.5 in
Wheelbase 102.8 in 106.3 in

Available Options

2003 Mazda Protege
DX
2020 Toyota Corolla
L FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Black Sand Pearl
  • Celestite
  • Classic Silver Metallic
  • Super White

Option Packages

  • Paint Protection Film: Hood & Door Package
  • Toyoguard Platinum (XT900)
  • Toyoguard Platinum (XY900)

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