(4.6) 8 reviews
MSRP: $1,422$4,198
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 28-31
Engine: 103-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2001 Mazda Protege

Our Take on the 2001 Mazda Protege

Our Take

A stronger engine and new front styling were introduced for the 2001 Protegé, which arrived in January. A 130-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is standard on the ES model and optional on the LX, replacing a 1.8-liter with 122 hp. DX and LX versions will continue with a standard 1... Read Full Report


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You don't need a week in the new Mazda Protege MP3 to draw some decent conclusions. A day will do. Make that an hour. No, a minute. Depending on your point of view - and likely your age - about 60 ticks in the cross hairs of the MP3's fury will give you all the ammo to know this midsize, unassuming, sporty sedan is really Axl Rose in disguise. Welcome to the jungle and goodbye acu... Read full review for the 2001 Mazda Protege

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A very good economical family car

by jittery john from Tucson AZ on January 5, 2007

A very nice car for a family or for good transportation. Comfortable, good gas mileage, fun to drive, good all around car, easy on tires the original ones lasted 36,000 miles.

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When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

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