2000 Mazda Protege

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Key Specs

of the 2000 Mazda Protege. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    28-31 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    105-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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2000 Mazda Protege Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 Popel...
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
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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Very reliable car, even at 18 yrs old

by KiraH. from Somerset, NJ on May 27, 2018

This sedan is roomy & comfortable to ride in. Reliable. Inexpensive to repair. Good gas miles per gallon & only approx. $25 to fill. No major issues. Read full review

(5.0)

Best car ever made

by Mazdalover from Charleston, SC on March 5, 2018

I bought my 2000 Mazda Protege from the second owner. The Protege had 152,000 miles on it and had been maintained but with no real repairs. I have had this car now as a daily driver for 5 years. At ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2000 Mazda Protege currently has 3 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Protege received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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