|Compact car; Built in Japan|
|Good condition price range: $1,000 – $1,400*|
1992 Mazda Protege
1990 Mazda Protege
1991 Mazda Protege AWD
1990 Mazda Protege interior
1990 Mazda Protege engine
Generally, the Proteges sold for less than comparable models from Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. Therefore consumers can expect to find some real bargains when shopping for a preowned Protege.
The redesign of Mazda’s front-drive subcompact produced two models in 1990: a 2-door hatchback called 323, plus a larger, more expensive 4-door-sedan called Protege. It rode on a 98.4-inch wheelbase, nearly four inches longer than the old 323 sedan. The base Protege SE came with a 16-valve, 103-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. Protege LX had a twin-cam version of the same engine that delivered 125 horsepower. All models came with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox. A 4-wheel-drive Protege appeared briefly in 1990, but was quickly discontinued halfway through the 1991 model year.
The Protege sedan gets only minor standard equipment changes for 1991. In addition, the base version switches names from SE to DX.
New taillight lenses are the only change made to the 1992 Mazda Protege.
Mazda adds its new corporate logo to the nose of the 1993 Protege and makes some mild revisions in certain equipment packages.
A minor facelift for the Protege sedan is the only change for ’94. Added to the front of the compact sedan is a new front fascia, grille, hood, and new headlamps.