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Pros: It looks great ,
Cons: audio and lacks a bit of power
Advice: Great for a small familyAwsome car to drive, especially if you are switching from a honda or VW. It handles very well and it is spacious and confortable. and the best of all you get 400 Miles out of a full gas tank.
Pros: Exterior and Interior Styling
Cons: cup holders
Advice: Test drive it !Excellent car! Good value for your money. Get the 5-spd manual - good on gas. Looks great in and out. Lots of compliments! I just wished the engine was stronger but it's not bad after all. Handles great like a sports car, and very reliable!
Pros: The Mid Season change to the auto transmission shifter
Cons: Location of the radio antenna. It chips the rear air spoiler when the hatch is opened
Advice: Get the ABS and side airbages, they are cheap insurance. If you get a sunroof. The deflector is a must!This is a very safe vehicle when ordered with the ABS and Side Airbags. Car was struck from the rear and suffered minor ($1,800) damage. 4 months later car was broadside by a full size Ford van doing between 30 and 35 mph. Side bags worked, minor injuries Protege 5 totaled. The biggest problem was finding another Protege 5 to replace the totaled one. Best sunroof I have ever experienced, no intrustion in the passenger cabin.
Pros: The handling and the comfort, sorry I know that is two features!
Cons: A little more power under the hood, but it's no bad.
Advice: Definitely get the sunroof option, not too much else it comes with so much!I have been very, very imressed with this Mazda Protege5. The car is comfortable for 4-5 adults, the interior is extremely plush and feels like a more expensive car. When it comes to performance the car handles so much better the the other cas in its class. My only wish is for so more horsepower, which was addressed with the 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege. Mazda just needs to make it in a sport wagon model too. I have recommended a Protege5 to several friend, two of which have purchased one. They too are pleased with their decision. Thanks Mazda!
Pros: the style..the zoom - zoom
Cons: stereo and bumpy ride (a drawback on the stiff suspension)
Advice: its a sweet ride...test drive one and find out!It is one beautiful vehicle to look at ! (from any angle). it drives great, handles corners very well and fun to gun it on the highways. its a bit of a bumpy ride but you get used to it. the stereo could be better especially since your not buying a striper version of the protege. i haven't tried it out on our canadian winters yet (i've had the car for only 2 months) so i'll see how well it can handle our winter climate. but so far so good!
Pros: the 5 speed shifts wonderfully.
Cons: Finding a dealer who will not play games.
Advice: Check out multible dealers on the internet and let them bid for a lower price.Drive the Protege 5 and fall in love. Once I was able to buy the car, had some dealer problems, I have been in heaven. It drives great even in the mountains. This is my second Mazda Protege and I will buy another if Mazda keeps this car reliable.
Cons: 4 CL It would be nice to have a V6 or best V8
Advice: Look out for bad servicemen at dealership.Great handling, has perk to pass.