The 1995 Mazda Protege is in the seventh generation of the Familia lineup. For the North American market, it is found in three trim levels: the base DX, luxury-minded LX, and the high-performance ES. It is an economically-sound car that values efficiency over luxury, even in its costlier trims. It is among the company’s historical best-sellers.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 1.5-liter four-cylinder, 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Mazda Protege DX, Mazda Protege LX, Mazda Protege ES
The 1995 Mazda Protege undergoes minor changes and is reclassified to a slightly-smaller size, putting it in the compact car market.
The 1995 Mazda Protege is a compact, four-door sedan with a wind-tunnel approved shell, factory window tinting, and 13-inch wheels on the DX and LX only. The LX and ES offer optional power sunroof. Furthermore, the ES features optional alloy wheels and adds 14-inch wheels to its standard complement.
The 1995 Mazda Protege, in all configurations, has cloth seating as standard without the option for leather. The DX offers a basic set of interior amenities, and the LX adds power windows, power door locks, and power mirrors to its standard features. Optional for the DX and LX, air-conditioning is a standard option for the ES. An AM/FM/Cassette stereo is included on the LX and the ES. Cruise control is a standard benefit of the LX and ES but is not available on the DX. Even though all versions is considered a compact car, it offer a respectable level of head and legroom for a vehicle in its class.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Mazda Protege DX and LX trims are equipped with a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine pushing 92 horsepower at 96 lb-ft of torque at 4000 RPM. The ES specification includes a more robust 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine boasting 122 horsepower offering 112 lb-ft of torque. All models are available with either five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Disc-brakes are standard for the DX. A four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) is an available option to the LX and is a standard feature of the ES. All models feature power steering.
The 1995 Mazda Protege features dual front airbags and three-point reel-type safety belts. Due to extensive computer modeling, it has extremely favorable body rigidity, making it considerably more durable than previous models. Interior elements are frequently designed in a concave shape to maximize durability.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mazda Protege: 21/29 mpg city/highway
- Decent gas mileage
- Plenty of cabin space for its class
You Won't Like
- Serious lack of power
- Limited amenities across all trim levels
A sensible four-door sedan that won’t break the bank.
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