1996 Mazda Protege

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1996 Mazda Protege
Available in 3 styles:  Protege 4dr Sedan SE shown
Asking Price Range
$498–$3,066
Estimated MPG

26–32 city / 33–39 hwy

Average Ratings

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3.6 out of 5

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3 out of 5 people recommended this car.


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Best 12K car I've ever owned!

by Farmerandre from Florissant, Missouri | January 9, 2011

We bought a 96 LX for 12,000 dollars and kept it for 12 years and put 162,000 miles on it and never spent a dime over basic maintenance. That engine was as smooth at 162K as it was at 162 miles. With the 5-speed manual, we averaged in the low 40's on long trips and averaged mid 30's in city driving. It had a large trunk and a big backseat. It was the 3rd of 5 Mazda's that we have owned. I currently drive a 07 Mazda3 that is also a great car!

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'96 Protege LX

by MazdaSpeed from Santa Rosa, CA | January 1, 2010

This little car has everything you need for a student, commuter, or small family car. I use it for all of the above and there is plenty of room for my kids two car seats in the back and the trunk holds alot for a car it's size. Mine has power everything and has had very few problems since it was new. Got a good deal out of a neighbor who bought it new and would tell anyone looking at similar small four door sedans to look no further.

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96'Protege ES

by PatDaddyT from Wisconsin | July 10, 2009

This car has most options for the year Alloy wheels,Sunroof and 4 Wheel ABS. For how small the engine is this car should get better MPG All it gets is about 21-23 MPG Combined.

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Does not recommend this car


Great Car

by Commuter in the south from Cullman, AL | February 3, 2009

I bought my Protege new. I currently have 260K miles and have done almost no work on it. I replaced the factory brakes at 150K and the belts at 210K. Aside from tires and oil changes, I have done no other work. While it is not the greatest ride, it gets great gas milage. Only problem I have had is that the cruise control has not worked in 7 years. Overall a great car for the price.

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96 Protege DX

by zoom zoom zoom from North Andover, MA | May 25, 2006

Very basic car that gets good gas mileage. Almost no special features. A little speed, very slow acceleration. Not very well engineered. The kind of car that you are lucky to get 100k miles out of. Not recommeded that you spend over $3,000 on one of these.

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