The highly competitive Mazda Protégé Sedan
has turned up the volume in the performance department and
has spruced up its outward appearance with a slew of aesthetic
improvements. Additionally, the interior sports some extra
features to round out this exceptional vehicle in comfort
Heading up the outstanding line of 2002 vehicles
is the Protégé DX Sedan, Protégé
LX Sedan, and the Protégé ES Sedan. Each offers
upward movement in both the performance and luxury categories.
The redesigned Protégé features
white-faced gauges, modular AM/FM stereo with CD players,
revamped center panel, better cupholders, and a brand new
center console with storage bins and dual front map lights.
The interior is finished in two-tone trim in either gray
or beige, and the handy 60/40 split folding rear seat accommodates
extra cargo and headlines a locking feature.
Higher models add on air conditioning, cruise control,
power windows, power door locks, and the like. The Protégé
Sedan is notable for its highly spacious interior.
Curbside attractions include a standard black-chrome grille,
sporty rear spoiler, front fog lights, and fifteen-inch
steel wheels. Fifteen-inch alloy wheels are optional on
the Protégé LX model, and standard on the
Protégé ES model. Body-color dual outside
mirrors are standard fare on the LX and ES as well.
The 2002 Protégé Sedan has replaced
a previous smaller engine with a 2.0-litre I-4 engine that
produces 130 horsepower. Brakes are four-wheel disc on the
ES, and are available as an option on the DX and LX models.
A reinforced body/chassis structure lends itself to increased
stability and control, with a more comfortable and quiet
The reliable MacPherson strut continues to be the suspension
of choice up front, while the rear sports a twin-trapezoidal
link design. Each vehicle is built with front and rear stabilizer
bars, which are more rigid on the upper-end Protégé
ES Sedan for sharper cornering.
Safety and Security
Each Mazda Protégé Sedan is fully
equipped with a wide array of safety features, including
Triple-H roof, B-pillar, and floor reinforcements that facilitate
the absorption of side impacts and rollovers. As well, each
vehicle features standards such as three-point seatbelts,
child safety seat tethers and anchors, and optional driver's
side air bag and passenger's side air bags on the LX and
The Protégé is also bolstered by four-wheel
anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution,
which varies the amount of rear-wheel braking force depending
on the vehicle's load for enhanced braking capabilities.
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