2002 Mazda Protegé5 Auto Review

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James M. on 10.01.2001

Fun behind the wheel have to preclude practicality. is proving that premise its new Protegé5, which is basically a variant of the well-known Protegé sedan (with trunk). A new style for Mazda, Protegé5 the practical virtues of a wagon the taut suspension and precise of a small sport sedan.

The new went on sale as an early

Although the Protegé5 has the regular 130-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder it displays the MP3’s front-end including immense, round Alloy wheels hold tires, and the Protegé5’s chassis is tuned to yield more handling than a regular isn’t bad either. Sinuously in physique, the five-passenger, five-door comes in a choice of youth-oriented

Dimensions and powertrain details are to the regular Protegé sedan. A manual transmission is standard, a four-speed automatic optional. On the front, side-impact airbags brakes are optional.

Especially painted in such exuberant as Vivid Yellow, the Protegé5 is an fun car, taking full of Mazda’s propensity toward behavior. Handling is its principal promising well-controlled road Mazda hallmark. Enthusiastic can expect spirited response, steering feel, easy and sure-footed movement through

Quick steering, which a little effort, also its sporty nature.

Better there’s little penalty in comfort. An unabashedly taut means that passengers feel more bumps, and the car a little more than be expected, but it’s smooth on relatively unblemished roads. The is nicely controlled over which it absorbs at least to a extent, producing no really reactions even when the gets rougher.

Road noise is minimal, a touch of tire whoosh.

and cohesive overall, the Protegé5 a sensation of confidence in the driver, that which is experienced in sports cars. More might be expected, in fact, the really behaves like a maneuverable and fun to drive-but with a body up top instead of snug accommodations.

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Even though the promises virtual sports-car and a joyful personality coupled generally zesty performance tends to produce smiles, go-power is not its strong point. acceleration can easily be declared or even frisky, but the driver expect any startling responses pushing down on the gas pedal. upgrades demand quite a bit of to keep the engine revving high.

On the plus side, the five-speed flicks through the gears and the clutch behaves adeptly, a little effort is needed to truly easygoing startups a standstill.

Quiet-running at all speeds, emitting a bit of vibration when the Protegé5 also promises fuel economy. The EPA estimates gas at 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway for manual or 25/30 with the automatic. 60 percent are expected to have an transmission (a little less on other Protegés).

Getting into the front or is no problem, but seat comfort is one of few drawbacks. Definitely on the firm the upholstery offers less than some occupants prefer, though back is satisfying. The back seat is harder-cushioned, but no less spacious, a surprising level of legroom for a car.

White-faced instruments add to the of the Protegé5 and are fully calibrated as as easy to read, day or night. A CD is standard, with an in-dash changer optional. Wide do impair over-the-shoulder visibility a but mirrors are good.

Cargo capacity is 24.4 feet with the back folded down (measured the top of the seatback down to the floor), the Protegé5 a decent-sized storage with an excellent and helpful cover. A big glovebox also is

For $16,815 (including destination Mazda has come up with a practical yet merry little (www.mazdausa.com)

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