2003 Mazda Protege5

Change year or car

Change year or car


starting MSRP

2003 Mazda Protege5

Key specs

Base trim shown


1 trim

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2003 Mazda Protege5 trim comparison will help you decide.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


One of the best cars Mazda ever put out.

Very responsive to turns; handles like a go-cart. Feels spacious inside. Interior design is very easy to keep clean; sleek, minimal. White gauge clusters are very aethestic, especially with the red backlight. Backseats fold back, I usually leave them this way. Feels like a big trunk. Very sporty body styles, this is not a station wagon; hatchback yes. I think they're one of the most attractive and well-rounded cars out there.


Great, Reliable Fun Car To Drive Daily

I have own 3 Protege 5s, two currently. I bought 2002 model new and sold it to neighbor with 235,000 miles because he needed a commuted car and wanted a stick shift model. Then I bought two 2003 models, one with auto transmission with dual clutch option and a stick shift model. Ironically both had 133,000 miles when I bought them about 1 year apart. Other than normal maintence and one clutch because I didn't know how the former owner drove it, that's it. 2002 model clutch drove for remarkable 225,000 miles. As Car and Drive wrote, "It's a sports car in a wagon skin." I believe Mazda borrowed suspension from a Miata. Recommend car as a daily driver because it's fun to drive. I have other cars for other purposes like a muscle car but for daily use, this is the car.


Best car that sadly Mazda will never repeat!

I bought this car in April 2003 brand new. I regret not getting it in manual, but I can't complain. I added leather! 1)Florida is hot most of the year and a working AC is a MUST. I've never had to do anything to this car's AC in 18 years!...and it still blows COLD AIR. 2)The moon/sun roof has never leaked water and works as good as the 1st day. In reality, I've only done tires (with rotation/alignment, balance), a couple of batteries, air filters, oil changes and one radiator. The cargo space has been great for my wife and I. Even on a couple of occasions when we had to go to IKEA, we were able to fold the rear seats and fit everything. If you're fortunate enough to buy one used w/low miles and from a person that treated it well...you'll NEVER regret purchasing it!

See all 44 consumer reviews

Compare the competitors


Geo Metro


starting MSRP


Mitsubishi Diamante


starting MSRP


Subaru SVX


starting MSRP