Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,102 - $20,480
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
130-170
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,102 - $20,480
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
130-170
Seats
5

Mazda Protege Models & Trims

2003 Mazda Protege Owner Reviews

4.21

52 Reviews

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Mazda Protege 5 is a great value for younger drivers seeking a long distance car with space!

Reliability: vehicle has had no issues other than an 02 sensor going out, and a solenoid issue. However, other than general maintenance, the car has been wonderful. Has a minor leak, however. This is at 175k miles. Performance is great in the manual transmission. The car feels sporty, but gets good gas mileage. I've been able to take the car to and from mountain trips with ease with full camping gear and a friend along with me. Comfort is good; The ride isn't the greatest, but it's okay for long distance trips and doesn't wear you out. You will feel some of the tires and the road but overall I think that' due to the somewhat sporty tires. It is by no means uncomfortable, however. I love the ride personally because like a car that I can feel. The car features a manual transmission, 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine w/ 135 hp, automatic windows and locks, alarm system, 6 CD changer, automatic sunroof, roof racks, 4 doors, hatchback, and airbags. The car does not come with ABS and i wish it did, however, it drives well.

- Robert W

Andre, the protege. It's sunlight silver remains through dark & sunny days.

I have very little problems with my Mazda protege ‘and I have been driving it for over 14 years. I must say I have not taken extremely excellent care of it, the paint looks good and I still say, when I look at it “that’s a good looking car. ”. It still has a lot of pep going up the pa hills. There no worn spots on the upholstery and the rugs are original and only drivers side is worn where protege tag is sewn on. One of the salesman at my car dealer asked me more than once if I were ready to sell it. His son saw the car and would like to buy it. If I somehow had to sell it I would be very unhappy it is really the only car I know. I love it so much I gave it a name. Andre” the protege.

- Kathleen K

It�s a good car with very little drawbacks

I've had the car for roughly 8 years now and I never have had any major problems. More recently I've been forced to do maintenance that�s a bit pricey but that�s due to the car being so old. My biggest complaint is that the car is a little bit slow with its acceleration. The seats are comfortable but when it gets hot I feel like the inside of the car feels significantly hotter than other cars. It has enough space for 4 people to fit comfortably but can ultimately fit 5. Overall it�s a good car and has lasted a pretty long time without having major issues or problems.

- Justin V

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Key Specs

Category Name: Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$2,102 - $4,157
$13,580 - $20,480

Horsepower

Horsepower
130 hp
130 - 170 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L DOHC MPFI 16
2.0L DOHC MPFI 16
2.0L DOHC 16
Interior Features

Category Name: Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Category Name: Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.2 in.
42.2 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.5 - 39.3 in.
38.5 - 39.3 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.4 in.
35.4 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.3 - 37.4 in.
37.3 - 37.4 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
12.9 cu. ft.
12.9 cu. ft.

Category Name: Entertainment

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Category Name: Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
102.8 in.
102.8 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.1 ft.
34.1 ft.

Length

Length
175.3 in.
175.3 in.

Width

Width
67.1 in.
67.1 in.
Mechanical Specs

Category Name: Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2634 - 2687 .lbs
2634 - 2843 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
130 hp
130 - 170 hp

Torque

Torque
135 ft. lbs.
135 - 160 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

Performance Tires

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Category Name: Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 gal.
14.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
13 - 31 mpg
12 - 15 mpg

City

City
25 mpg
24 mpg

Highway

Highway
30 - 31 mpg
30 mpg
Safety Features

Category Name: Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Optional
Optional

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Category Name: Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Optional
Optional

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

    N/A
  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety