2000 Mazda Protege

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$12,215

starting MSRP

2000 Mazda Protege

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • DX

    $12,215

  • LX

    $13,515

  • ES

    $15,315

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2000 Mazda Protege review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Side-impact airbags are a new option for the LX and ES versions of the Protegé, Mazda’s front-drive compact sedan. The new side-impact airbags are part of option packages that include anti-lock brakes. Protegé was redesigned last year, but it has a short future in its present form. Ford owns a controlling interest in Mazda, and plans are to switch the Protegé to the Ford Focus platform for 2002. However, Mazda’s rendition is expected to look much different than Ford’s.

Interior
The five-passenger Protegé is one of the roomier small cars, with interior volume of 92.6 cubic feet. That translates into adequate rear legroom and headroom for adult-size passengers. A split, folding rear seat supplements the 12.9-cubic-foot trunk, giving Protegé commendable cargo space for a small sedan.

Exterior
At 174 inches end to end, Protegé is one inch shorter than the best-selling small car, the Honda Civic. Mazda says the “European-inspired styling” was done jointly by designers in Europe, Japan and California.

Under the Hood
The DX and LX models use a 105-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The top-line ES has a 1.8-liter engine with 122 horsepower. Manual and automatic transmissions are available with both.

Performance
It is easy to lose sight of the Protegé in the herd of small sedans. A closer look reveals a roomy car that is well equipped, competent, fun to drive and competitively priced.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 3.8
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Most reliable car I've owned!

I loved the car. It was fun to drive, loved the look, the comfort, reliability... I truly had fun driving and taking care of the car. I highly recommend this car!

4.6

Car has met all of my expectations.

It is reliable and fun to drive. It is great looking and it has comfortable and also good looking interior. I think you will not need to put a lot of money to keep it running.

2.2

You get what you pay for

I’ll admit the low milage drew my attention as I’m sure it will for you, but that’s the cars only redeeming quality, there’s rust seeping under the car, irregular motor patterns, interior below average, dripping oil; don’t waste your time.

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
36 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/50,000 miles

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