Mazda Protege5 (2002)

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Mazda Protege5


By Hagin

(Bob Hagin four-door compact sports like the new Mazda Protege5 are in with thirty-somethings that are of the SUV scene. Matt Hagin that it’s deja vue for the

MATT – I have to when I read the Mazda for their ’02 four-door wagons – like the is something new for them. I was a Mazda in the ’70s and ’80s when rotary-powered RX3 wagon was on the market. It blow the doors off any stock V8 of the day in a drag race and in sedan it was an SCCA road-racing GT class until it died out by attrition.

I still have all the tools and I used for rebuilding those

BOB – I well remember hot Mazda sports sedans of 30 ago. The only thing they couldn’t pass was a gas Their fuel economy was But that’s not a problem with the Protege5. Its EPA mileage ratings are 25 MPG town and 31 on the highway, strong points in today’s market.

But tire- kickers shouldn’t rotary-type performance from any of the new mini-wagons or sedans. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter four-banger twin overhead cams and valves per cylinder, and it puts out 130 along with 133 pound-feet of It can be had with a four-speed automatic but the five-speed stick shift is in keeping with its generic wagon designation.

MATT – For a long the term hatchback has been a in this country but now some of the European auto manufacturers are coupes that have lids that swing up. The fits nicely into category. It’s somewhat to call it a simple station since its non-vertical back wasn’t designed strictly for space.

Its styling would be pretty for a plebeian station wagon Its forward-thrusting nose is pretty with an air intake box and a couple of round fog lamps. The cladding the body line simulates add-ons and the five-spoke polished wheels mount relatively P190/50R-16 tires.

BOB – The suspension uses conventional struts, but the rear is labeled by as TTL or Twin Trapezoidal Link a locating arm. I didn’t do in high-school geometry, so I had to look up than meant. It turned out to be two but parallel trailing arms on side. I guess TTL sounds The shocks and springs are tuned’ for a sporting ride than the models and I think it’s on the Protege ES sedan.

The combination adds up to good though drivers can’t the situation-saving electronic traction and control systems that are on the high-priced sports wagons. All the are disc and an anti-skid system is an that our test car didn’t it.

MATT – The Mazda stuff that came the car states that the company 20-percent of its sales to be the Protege5 and it’s obviously aimed at the market that’s one step than the spiky-hair Import street racer set. The is the 25 to 35-year-oldS who haven’t yet lost pizzazz. It’s got the look, but also room to haul a couple of tykes in the back and a diaper bag in back.

The rear seat folds in a 60/40 configuration in case the want to go skiing and it may even be to strap surfboards on the standard-equipment roof rack.

BOB – But it take Mazda producing a hot coupe to really get into the market. The so-called Import is currently populated by the 18-to-25 and it’s the hottest market in the Mazda’s parent Ford is it and is producing concept cars are as wild and garish as anything comes out of the Los Angeles import shops.

MATT – I know Ford builds world and has them made in lots of countries, but I’m not sure it be called part of the Import

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