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.