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Mazda Protege MPG

MPG Number of Vehicles
18 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
19 miles per gallon 0 vehicles
20 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
21 miles per gallon 2 vehicles
22 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
23 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
24 miles per gallon 2 vehicles
25 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
26 miles per gallon 5 vehicles
27 miles per gallon 6 vehicles
28 miles per gallon 10 vehicles
29 miles per gallon 6 vehicles
30 miles per gallon 9 vehicles
31 miles per gallon 6 vehicles
32 miles per gallon 4 vehicles
33 miles per gallon 4 vehicles
34 miles per gallon 2 vehicles
35 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
Model Year Body/Powertrain MPG  
2003 2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 2.0L I4 5-sp manual FWD 29.9
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With the 184-horsepower 2.5L I4 engine, 6-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive, the 2003 Mazda Protege has been averaging 29.9 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2003 Mazda Proteges in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 71 miles per hour (about 45.9 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in heavy traffic (31.4 percent), in the city (7.8 percent), and in the suburbs (0 percent).

In addition, the average 2003 Mazda Protege in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a lead foot and the AC on only some of the time.
2003 2003 4dr Sedan 130-hp 2.0L I4 4-sp shiftable automatic FWD 25.33
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2003 2003 4dr Sedan 130-hp 2.0L I4 5-sp manual FWD 27.59
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2003 2003 4dr Sedan 130-hp 2.0L I4 4-sp automatic FWD 27.82
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2003 2003 4dr Wagon 130-hp 2.0L I4 4-sp shiftable automatic FWD 23.95
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2003 2003 4dr Wagon 130-hp 2.0L I4 5-sp manual FWD 28.35
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2003 2003 4dr Wagon 130-hp 2.0L I4 4-sp automatic FWD 31.4
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the 2003 Mazda Protege

2003 Mazda Protege Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2003 4dr Wagon 130-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Not too bad, the roof rack hurts it a bit. gets a solid 22-25 driving 70-75 on highway. Does get 30mpg at 60 mph, but that speed will get you killed on California interstates. see full Mazda Protege review
2003 4dr Wagon 130-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
ave 30 mpg+ see full Mazda Protege review
2003 4dr Sedan 130-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
On a recent trip from Charlottetown, PE, Canada to Halifax, NS my car averaged 35 miles per US gallon, or over 730km per tank of fuel. As a Merchandiser, my job requires a lot of city Driving and I average 600km per tank of gas see full Mazda Protege review
2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
A turbo sedan that got me 35mpg all-highway, and gets 28+ in mixed driving. see full Mazda Protege review
2003 4dr Sedan 130-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Great fuel economy my first tank was 28mpg, my second one with my cold air intake installed got it over 30! see full Mazda Protege review
2003 4dr Wagon 130-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
The car does get excellent fuel economy- IF you can keep your foot out of it. I rarely succeed in that endeavor- the car is just too much fun to drive, the embodiment of "driving a slow car, fast." see full Mazda Protege review
2003 4dr Sedan 130-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Gets original rating of 25/30 MPG. see full Mazda Protege review
2003 4dr Sedan 130-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Great fuel efficiency but still retains a lot of pep and zip. see full Mazda Protege review
2002 4dr Sedan 130-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Very nice on freeway see full Mazda Protege review
2002 4dr Wagon 130-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
30+ mpg highway. 28 city. Not too shabby. see full Mazda Protege review
2003 Mazda Protege Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2003 4dr Wagon 130-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
not good for a small 4 cyl. i have had better economy on the same roads with bigger and simmilar cars see full Mazda Protege review
2003 4dr Wagon 130-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Suburban fuel economy is acceptable, at nearly 30 mpg. But on the highway, with the engine spinning well over 3,000 rpm, fuel economy also struggles to crack 30. Many much larger, much more powerful cars achieve better highway fuel economy. Some owners have fitted the fifth gear from the related transmission in the Mazda6 to get more of an overdrive. see full Mazda Protege review
2003 4dr Wagon 130-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Gets below avaerage mileage for a car this size/ engine/ trans. see full Mazda Protege review
 

2003 Mazda Protege Gas Mileage (MPG)

Unlike other fuel economy surveys, TrueDelta's Real-World Gas Mileage Survey includes questions about how and where a car was driven. So you can get an idea of the Mazda Protege's real-world MPG based on how and where you drive a car.