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1997 Protege

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1997 Mazda Protege

$2,995 - $2,995  MSRP Range

Review Score

4.7 out of 5 stars

4.7

7 Reviews
100% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
4.4 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.9 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4.1 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4.9 out of 5 stars Reliability
4.7 out of 5 stars Performance
4.1 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Perfect for Me-I Miss it!

by Protege Princess from Hixson, TN on Sat Jul 17 2010

Bought this car off the showroom. Had the right amount of zip & room. The back seat fold down was a great feature. Hood was low enough to see over; same for the back window. Great style, with just the right details. Everyone said, "that car is you." A Ford F150 backed into it in a parking lot, and it was too costly to fix. Insurance deemed it a total loss. I really am bummed, as I planned to drive it a few more years. It was THAT good.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

This car is Great

by Mazda Driver from San Antonio,, TX on Fri Nov 18 2011

I bought this car use in 2005 from a girl that used to live in Germany. It rolled over the millage twice and its still a good and reliable car. I can drive 160 miles on a filled up tank.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Geat car for a student

by Student from Bethlehem, PA on Thu Jan 08 2009

I bought this car used and owned it for 7 years thru H.S. and college. It was a great car for getting around in and going back and forth to school. Plenty of room in the trunk and the back seats split for carrying skies.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

My best buy for low cost

by student goes career woman from Okoboji Iowa on Tue May 06 2008

I have had mine for five years and all I have ever had to fix is tires and recently a stabalizer bar in the rear end that i bent. definate buy i will always buy Mazda again. More reliable than my Honda or Volkswagon.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Worth Every Penny and Mile!

by Jo from Dallas, TX on Wed Apr 29 2015

I've had this car for 17 years, with nearly 200,000 miles on it. Only had to replace the clutch once. Once! And passes inspection in all areas every year. Reliable for the time it was built in the 90's, and reliable for today's standards. This car sets the bar for what all cars should do.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

best car i owned

by car man from stephenville, nl on Thu Oct 14 2010

this is an amazing car to own for sure. it has amazing room also it looks stylish and haves a lot of power for a 2.0

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

good vehicle for your money

by City driver from Warren, MI on Mon Oct 19 2009

My mazda was a 1993 but it got er done. I bought mine used for 800.00, with about 160,000 miles on it. the only thing i had to replace on it was the radiator (it had a small crack on the top when I bought it) and the distributor cap. but I also used my car for work driving all over Michigan through rain sleet and snow. sometime over a hundred miles in a day. I beat this car and it still would run. if you need a reliable car this is defiantly a good choice.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Our Take on the 1997 Mazda Protege

It has been said that "Good things come in small packages." Whoever coined that phrase could well have been thinking of the 1997 Mazda Protege.

As an award-winning compact sport sedan with previous models, the '97 Protege advances with new styling and a revised interior designed to be even more user friendly than in the past.

As Mazda's zippy little four-door, the Protege combines high-tech power with front-wheel drive and excellent handling to put a fresh face on small-car motoring.

Generally, the bane of compacts has been a lack of interior room, but interior spaciousness has long been the hallmark of the Protege line.

The term used to describe the interior of the Protege is "OptiSpace," a word... Read More