2001 Mazda Protege

small car / 4-door sedan

2001 Mazda Protege 4-door sedan
1999 Mazda Protege shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front


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Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 1999-2003 models

Tested vehicle: 1999 Mazda Protegé LX 4-door

The Mazda Protege was redesigned for the 1999 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door. Its head went part of the way out the open window and approached but didn't hit the window frame.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well, although there was more intrusion into the footwell area than is desirable.

Intrusion into the footwell area contributed to the likelihood of leg injuries.

The rear bumper system on the 1999 model allowed excessive damage in a 5 mph pole impact -- more than $2,800 worth of damage compared with about $700 damage to the predecessor Protege model.