2002 Mazda Protege5
MSRP
$16,455
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2002 Mazda Protege5 Review Summaries

What reviewers liked most about the Mazda Protege5

  • The helm points the 5's standard 16-inch wheels and V-rated Dunlop SP Sport rubber with Germanic accuracy.

    - Car and Driver
  • it doesn't embarrass itself at the test track, returning a decent 8.82-sec sprint to 60 mph, and clips the slalom cones at a pace (66.4 mph) that would challenge most sports cars.

    - Motor Trend

What reviewers liked least about the Mazda Protege5

  • Sure, there are some shortcomings: There could be more power, and we wish that fifth gear functioned more like an overdrive, dropping revs below the buzzy range at 70 mph on the freeway.

    - Forbes

Mazda Protege5 Comparisons

  • Head down the road in the Protege5, and the first thing that becomes clear is that with an extra 75 horsepower this car could easily chase down BMWs.

    - Forbes
  • The Protege5 does, however, offer a more useable amount of torque at a lower rpm than the Matrix: 135 lb-ft at 4000 rpm versus 130 lb-ft at 6800 rpm.

    - Motor Trend

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