Mazda Protege Models and Protege History

The Mazda Protégé remained unchanged for 1998, but was completely overhauled for 1999. Buyers were introduced to a brand new interior and exterior style, a beefier engine and more optional upgrades as well as five new body colors. Safety feature updates marked the 2000 model year, with updated ABS brakes, front-seat side-impact airbags being made standard, and a new button for the parking brake. Various trim levels also got some stylish revisions this year, too. The exterior was revamped again in 2001 to be more modern and curvaceous. A 2.0-liter engine was introduced, replacing the aging 1.8-liter one, and various updates were made to improve steering and handling. 2002 saw the 2.0-liter engine made standard. Several trims received minor luxury and cosmetic updates as well. Only subtle changes to different trims marked the limited changes for 2003.

New and Used Protege Prices, Mazda Protege Model Years and History

The 2003 Mazda Protégé is a five-passenger sedan that ranges from an economical 31 mpg-on-the-highway cruiser to a 170 hp sports sedan.
The 2002 Mazda Protege is a compact sedan that seats five-passengers and is rated at over 30 mpg on the highway.
A sporty compact sedan with room for five, the 2001 Mazda Protege comes standard with a CD player and is rated at 31 mpg on the highway.
A compact, five-passenger sedan, the 2000 Mazda Protege boasts a fuel economy rating well over 30 mpg on the highway.
The 1999 Mazda Protege is a compact and efficient sedan which seats five passengers, boasts a fuel economy rating well over 30 mpg on the highway, and has been totally redesigned for the new year.
A compact and efficient sedan which seats five passengers, the 1998 Mazda Protege is available with a choice between two four-cylinder engines, both of which get at least 30 mpg on the highway.