Compare 2003 Mazda Protege vs 2003 Saturn Ion

2003 Mazda Protege
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4-Door Sedan Manual DX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Automatic DX 25 30 $12,702 $13,580
4-Door Sedan Manual DX 25 31 $12,702 $13,580
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 25 30 $14,319 $15,315
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 31 $14,319 $15,315
4-Door Sedan Automatic ES 25 30 $14,995 $16,040
4-Door Sedan Manual ES 25 31 $14,995 $16,040
4-Door Sedan Manual MAZDASPEED 24 30 $18,466 $19,980
2003.5 4-Door Sedan Manual MAZDASPEED 24 30 $18,927 $20,480
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4-Door Sedan Manual ION 1
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual ION 1 26 33 $10,673 $11,430
4-Door Sedan Automatic ION 1 24 32 $11,510 $12,330
4-Door Sedan Manual ION 2 26 33 $12,608 $13,510
2-Door Coupe Manual ION 2 26 33 $13,091 $14,030
4-Door Sedan Automatic ION 2 24 32 $13,445 $14,410
2-Door Coupe Automatic ION 2 24 32 $13,928 $14,930
4-Door Sedan Manual ION 3 26 33 $14,003 $15,010
2-Door Coupe Manual ION 3 26 33 $14,486 $15,530
4-Door Sedan Automatic ION 3 24 32 $14,840 $15,910
2-Door Coupe Automatic ION 3 24 32 $15,323 $16,430
Pricing
Invoice Price
$12,702
$10,673
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,580
$11,430
Monthly Payment Estimate
$226 / month
$191 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
51.7 49.5
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 33.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
92.6 93.0
Second Hip Room (in)
49.1 49.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 53.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 37.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 52.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
57.9 58.4
Wheelbase (in)
102.8 103.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.1 67.2
Track Width, Front (in)
57.9 58.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
175.3 184.5
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 57.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.9 14.7
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
7.9 x 1.4 9.1 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x 0.9 10.1 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 13.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.0 16.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 35.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/55VR15 P185/70R14
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/55VR15 P185/70R14
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D15 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
N/A 120
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
N/A NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
N/A 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
N/A NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2634 2653
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 14 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 14 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x 4 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 6.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
80 105
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 600
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4000 145 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA L61
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.2L/134
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
130 @ 6000 140 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI SFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 26
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.58
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.35
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 0.69
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.31
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 2.02
Trans Order Code
NA M86
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.10 3.84
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 0.98
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual Trans
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Protege Saturn Ion
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Strut Semi-indep. Torsion

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