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Summarization of Mazda Protege:

Mazda Protege have only one modification of doors quantity:4.
Minimum width of this car is 65.9 mm. in DX 4dr Sedan (1994), and maximum is 67.3 in LX 4dr Sedan (1996)
Option DX 4dr Sedan (1994) have min height 54.1. Option LX 4dr Sedan (1996) have max height 55.9mm.
Length min of Mazda Protege:171.5 in DX 4dr Sedan (1994). Max length: 175.3.
Years production:1990 - 2003
Price deppend on modification from 12765$ (DX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M) (2001)) to 18020$ (MP3 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M) (2001))
Mazda Protege was equipped with only one option of the engine with 4 cylinders.
Min clearance: in option LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M) (2002) (5.5), max: in option 4dr Sedan 4WD (1990)(6.1)

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Mazda Protege information:

Mazda Protégé

Before the launch of SUV’s was the time of Wagons. Mazda had launched Portege and Portege 5 in the US market during the course when sedans and wagons were in vogue. Portege keeps up the zoom-zoom image of Mazda and is fun-to-drive. Although it is an economical car but it flaunts a friendly, mild mannered design and good general-purpose abilities. The first series of Portege were launched in North American shores in 1989.

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Later many popular cars inherited characteristics of this popular Mazda. Few among them are Ford Escort Wagon, Ford Escort GT and Escort. The Portege was marketed as Familia in Japan. Portege houses an ascent of sportiness with the two-box Portege 5 which was launched in 2002. The car is prudent and provides good quality road grip even on stony roads. In 2001 ULEV 2.0 liter engine wad added , however there was an increase in weight as well as compared to Portege ES. The weight reduces the speed but the engine revs so willingly that it hides the weight issue.

The steering and handling of Portege has reduced friction and it recalibrates the power-steering effort. Notable features of Portege are 5’s helm points, 16 inch wheels and V rated Dunlop SP Spot rubber with Germanic accuracy.  Portege is a combination of scintillating driving dynamics , supportive seats , decked interior , faux fiber , speedy instrument and a real personality car.

Models and Features

The standard model that was launched in 1994 had a simple front-engine, front wheel drive system and had options for either manual or automatic transmissions. The all-wheel-drive system introduced in the Portege was later discontinued after two years. The next version launched had a fresher and rounder exterior. All other features matched with the standard Protege ES.

Options and Packages

The third launch had several additions like more power and more equipment including high-performance engine. It was launched in two models the first one being the sporty Protege and the other is Protégé MP3 which arrived in 2001. Notable additions in the third generation includes 140 horsepower engine, upgraded suspension for safety, 17-inch alloy wheels, upgraded stereo and exclusive design.

After 2001 Mazda launched the Mazdaspeed Protégé in 2003 which increased the performance to a greater extent and had its drivers go zoom-zoom and whoop-whoop. 170 HP turbo charged four-cylinder engine, upgraded suspension and larger brakes had stolen the hearts of speed busters. The next model had design changes and introduction of aerodynamics kit with custom trim panels. However this range of cars were discontinued after 2003.

Fuel Economy

The Protégé 5 wagon houses 2.0 litre engine and 8 horse power and 15 pound-feet stroked version. On the other hand the Protégé ES has a total of 13 horse power and 135 pound-feet engine which is highly improved to provide speed and daring to its driver. The wagon is quite heavy as well with almost 255 pounds extra as compared to ES version. As a result there is 0.6 second delay in the performance of wagon. Still the car is quicker and has mileage of 81-mph. It has EPA fuel economy, city driving: 25 mpg and C/D-observed fuel economy: 25 mpg.

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Exterior/Interior/Styling

In the US, Protégé was launched with a 1.8 L SOHC non-turbocharged engine initially. Later it was upgraded several times with new versions which kept on adding each year. Additions includes the rally model of the car was also launched in 1992. This model had a redesigned bumper, refurbished rear bumpers and also technologically enhanced suspension was more than enough. Also it had relatively heavier cross members stud wheels and larger brakes for increased security. The interior of this wonderful speedster includes leather and suede seats. The cup holder was optional and can be replaced with a 3 gauge cluster. Stronger linking rods and pistons as well as larger oil squirters added to its sturdiness.  Although the car was limited up to 180 kph speed it could go farther beyond it easily.

Color options for the car includes Black Mica , Classic Red, Laser Blue Mica, Midnight BlueMica, Pure white, shining silver metallic, vivid yellow and off-black. Protégé external design includes 5ft width, 14 ft. length, 4 ft. height and 8 ft. wheel base. It has a front elongated bumper and a huge cargo section for luggage. Large front area gives a comfortable driving experience to the driver of the Protégé. There is enough room to haul over even for the back-seaters. It is a compact four door sedan. The interior comes with four wheel disc brakes, Kenwood stereo system with an amplifier and a rear deck mounted 8-inch sub. In some models the aero kit is also included.  The design is world class and has been replicated in several other models later. Protégé is all about comfort and style.

Safety Ratings

In august 1989 the Mazda 323 sedan was launched as Protégé in North America. It had a carburetor which offered 91 PS power and a meatier torque curve.  Although the lateral grip of the car is not as good as the others and is just 0.79 g but the great quality rigid chassis and fantastic handling do the job quite well. Any skilled driver will definitely do the job in a great way. The gauge cluster and the automatic transmission of the car have more than enough power to take on any car one on one. Also it is quite an affordable car as far as features are concerned.

Overall the car scored a 8/10 with youthful and energetic looks, heavy body and effective engine. It is apt for someone looking for a combination of speed, comfort and style. As far as reliability and speed is concerned you can always have Mazda Protégé as your first option. The cargo section is also wide enough to house lot of baggage for long journeys. However Mazda stopped its production after 2003 so if you are looking for a latest version then more options are available in Mazda brand.

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Mazda Protege modifications:

All Mazda Protege years
modification price cylinder wheels doors width x length x height clearance

ES 4dr Sedan (1995 - 2000)

0$ 4 front wheel drive 4 67.1 x 174.0 x 55.5 5.5

LX 4dr Sedan (1990 - 2000)

0$ 4 front wheel drive 4 67.1 x 174.0 x 55.5 5.5

DX 4dr Sedan (1992 - 2000)

0$ 4 front wheel drive 4 67.1 x 174.0 x 55.5 5.5

LX 2.0 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M) (2001)

13,885$ 4 front wheel drive 4 67.1 x 175.3 x 55.5 5.5

LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M) (2001)

13,485$ 4 front wheel drive 4 67.1 x 175.3 x 55.5 5.5

DX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M) (2001)

12,765$ 4 front wheel drive 4 67.1 x 175.3 x 55.5 5.5

ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M) (2001 - 2003)

16,140$ 4 front wheel drive 4 67.1 x 175.3 x 55.5 5.5

MP3 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M) (2001)

18,020$ 4 front wheel drive 4 67.1 x 174.6 x 55.3 5.5

DX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M) (2002 - 2003)

13,680$ 4 front wheel drive 4 67.1 x 175.3 x 55.5 5.5

LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M) (2002 - 2003)

15,415$ 4 front wheel drive 4 67.1 x 175.3 x 55.5 5.5

4dr Sedan 4WD (1990)

0$ 4 four wheel drive 4 65.9 x 171.5 x 54.5 6.1

SE 4dr Sedan (1990)

0$ 4 front wheel drive 4 65.9 x 171.5 x 54.1 5.9

Special 4dr Sedan (1994)

0$ 4 front wheel drive 4 65.9 x 171.5 x 54.1