Find out if this car is the best match for you.
1998 Protege

Consumer Reviews

1998 Mazda Protege

$1,267 - $4,523  MSRP Range

Review Score

4.5 out of 5 stars

4.5

6 Reviews
100% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
3.5 out of 5 stars Comfort
5 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4 out of 5 stars Interior Design
5 out of 5 stars Reliability
3.5 out of 5 stars Performance
4.3 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

Have You Driven the 1998 Mazda Protege?

Write Your Review
Write Your Review

What Drivers Are Saying

1 - 6 of 6 reviews

4 out of 5 stars

Just keeps going

by Too many cars from Cedar Rapids IA on Sat Jun 19 2010

Bought new in 97 to replace an '86 323 with 165k that wrecked. 122k on this one, and it burns no oil and gets 35-40 mpg. Starts every day, even in 20 below weather. I wish it had more pep, but does it's job. I have noticed that every 97 I see has rust on the front of the left rear wheel well. I trust it enough to let my college daughter have it at school 400 miles away. Great car. I have no idea how long it will last.

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
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Your feedback has been sent to Cars.com

5 out of 5 stars

Most reliable car out there

by Matt from Kansas City MO on Mon Apr 13 2009

Ive had it for 9 years now, bought it used with 30K miles, it now has 200K. its very reliable, and you can expect about 30mpg combined. Overall a great car.

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

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Your feedback has been sent to Cars.com

5 out of 5 stars

Mazda should have kept the name GLC

by JP from York, PA on Wed Jun 03 2009

Bought the car new in 1998. After 11 years and 150,000 miles, there have been no repairs outside the wear items. It handles well, is reasonably comfortable, and is larger inside than comparable cars of its era. We get between 35 and 40MPG with the 1.5L engine and manual transmission. I drive it daily for work and we have traveled the east coast in it.

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

Purchased a New car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car!!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Your feedback has been sent to Cars.com

4 out of 5 stars

Fun little care to drive

by randyvw from Kent, ohio on Mon Aug 24 2009

Owned for 1 yr. Fun to drive, great mileage (45 on a 700mile trip) Roomy for a compact. handles well

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

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car!!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Your feedback has been sent to Cars.com

4 out of 5 stars

it's ok

by Alex from ny on Fri Mar 30 2007

One of the best cheap cars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

2 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Your feedback has been sent to Cars.com

5 out of 5 stars

My Favorite Car

by Stagemom on Tue Oct 24 2017

This was the most reliable car I've ever owned and it was a sad day when it finally bit the dust. I bought it as a temporary car in 2004 and kept it for 13 years. Very few repairs, impressive gas mileage, and stylish enough that it never looked dated.

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

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

Did you find this review helpful?

Your feedback has been sent to Cars.com

1