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2003 Mazda Protege
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2003 Mazda Protege5
“The helm points the 5's standard 16-inch wheels and V-rated Dunlop SP Sport rubber with Germanic accuracy.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
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2003 Toyota Corolla
“There was nothing flashy about the cabin's design, but materials quality was very high for this class of car. There was ample room in the backseat, but the driving position was awkward.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier
“If there's anything great about the Cavalier, it's the powertrain.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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2003 Dodge Neon
“Upgrades to the Neon's interior give the [R/T package] the feel of a small luxury sedan.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
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2003 Dodge SRT4
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2003 Ford Focus
“Excellent head and legroom, even in back.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
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2003 Ford ZX2
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2003 Honda Civic
“If you're looking for a practical and refined car with a little sporty flair, this one is very hard to beat.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
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2003 Honda Insight
“It drives like a normal small car, yet it is one of the most fuel-efficient and cleanest gasoline-powered cars in the world.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
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2003 Hyundai Accent
“Relatively quiet inside the cabin.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
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2003 Hyundai Elantra
“Ride and handling are quite good.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
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2003 Kia Rio
“The chassis felt tight. Hit a bump and the expected rattles weren't there.” — USA Today   See More Reviews
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2003 Kia Spectra
“The suspension is impressive for this class of car. Lotus Engineering, creator of exotic, world-class sports cars, tuned the Spectra's suspension to optimize handling and ride quality.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
no Passenger Space
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2003 MINI Hardtop
no Passenger Space
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2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege
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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer
“Lancer Ralliart is a solid little performer. Though not as quick as the Lancer Evolution, Ralliart provides a satisfying sports-sedan experience for real-world driving chores as well as back-road jaunts.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
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2003 Nissan Sentra
“[The SE-R] is just plain fun to drive...a sporty car you can deal with every day.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
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2003 Pontiac Sunfire
“The Sunfire comes equipped with a twin-cam 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 140 horsepower, so it's a decent performer, and it returns up to 33 miles per gallon on the highway, according to the EPA.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
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2003 Pontiac Vibe
“On the road, we found the base model pleasant and comfortable with a hatchback's cargo-hauling versatility. The GT offers more driving excitement.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
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2003 Saturn ION
“Another fixture on Saturn's new small coupe is abbreviated rear doors. Like those on the S-Series coupe, they work like a clamshell and make it so much easier to reach items stored in the back seat.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
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2003 Subaru Impreza
“The seats are very comfortable and offer a wide range of adjustment for the driver.” — Woman Motorist   See More Reviews
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2003 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
“The seats are very comfortable and offer a wide range of adjustment for the driver.” — Woman Motorist   See More Reviews
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2003 Subaru Impreza WRX
“The seats are very comfortable and offer a wide range of adjustment for the driver.” — Woman Motorist   See More Reviews
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2003 Suzuki Aerio
“The Aerio is a swift, gutsy, exceptionally agile little wagon -- an urban street fighter if ever there was one.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
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2003 Suzuki Aerio SX
“The Aerio is a swift, gutsy, exceptionally agile little wagon -- an urban street fighter if ever there was one.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
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2003 Toyota Echo
“Base price is appealing.” — Chicago Tribune   See More Reviews
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2003 Toyota Matrix
“Steering is precise and even if the center of gravity is relatively high there is little body roll.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
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2003 Toyota Prius
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2003 Volkswagen Golf
“With its hatchback design, the Golf can carry an enormous amount of cargo.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta
“The Volkswagen Jetta is beautifully wrought inside and out.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle
“Large doors and forward-flipping bucket seats make rear ingress/egress quite manageable.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
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