The 1998 Mazda Protege is a front-drive, four-door sedan that boasts the biggest interior in its class, along with an ample amount of luxury and attractive style. It was built in an assembly plant designed to manufacture luxury sedans, helping it achieve a high level of quality. Drivers can expect decent acceleration to get from point A to point B. More importantly, the Protege has excellent handling comparable to that of a luxury car. In addition, passengers will enjoy a comfortable ride with plenty of room, making this a good choice for a small family.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 1.5-liter four-cylinder, 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Mazda Protege DX, Mazda Protege LX, Mazda Protege ES
The 1998 Mazda Protege ES and LX models now come standard with a CD player. DX models get the addition of an option package.
The 1998 Mazda Protege has approximately a 175-inch length, 67-inch width, 56-inch height, and 103-inch wheelbase. It has a style that is both attractive and sophisticated. The Protege features protective body molding, body-colored front and rear bumpers, internally adjustable door mirrors, halogen headlights, and tinted glass. A power moon roof and power door mirrors are optional. It weighs about 2385 pounds and sits on 13-inch wheels.
The interior of the 1998 Mazda Protege is roomy enough to accommodate five passengers. In the front, there are two reclining cloth bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints, divided by a console that includes two cup holders and a storage tray. There are pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage. The dash contains logically-arranged gauges for clear readability, conveniently-located controls for easy use, and a storage console. In the rear, there is a cloth bench seat that fits three people. Features will vary, depending on the model. The Protege has power windows and locks, passenger assist grips, front reading lights, and an AM/FM stereo with a CD player included and four speakers. A CD changer is optional.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Mazda Protege DX and LX come packed with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces a paltry 92 horsepower and 97 lb-ft of torque. Under the hood of the ES model is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 122 horsepower and 117 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. Although these engines lack power, it offers excellent fuel economy, while still providing sufficient acceleration.
The 1998 Mazda Protege is built with an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with an independent strut rear suspension with coil springs. The result is an extremely smooth and stable ride. It has sporty handling, making it a fun car to drive. Drivers are able to maneuver gracefully in traffic and take corners with ease. Rack-and-pinion power-assisted steering is predictable and responsive, enabling precise control at all speeds.
The 1998 Mazda Protege has driver and front passenger front-impact airbags installed. Child safety locks are used on both rear doors. A four-wheel anti-lock brake system is optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mazda Protege DX: 24/32 mpg city/highway
Mazda Protege LX: 24/32 mpg city/highway
Mazda Protege ES: 22/28 mpg city/highway
- Comfortable ride
- Roomy interior
- Good fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Lack of power
- Road noise
- Tends to get blown around
Stands its ground in the economy class.
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