Quote, originally posted by adrew » I think so. I don't see how it could've been any firmer than my LX. Seriously, you could nail the brakes and it would come to a stop with no nosedive and no rebound at all, like a BMW. My Civic Si has considerably more roll and nosedive.
The ES did come with 15" rims and 195/55/15 tires vs the 185/60/14 tires on the DX and LX. The Protege5 might be stiffer, though. It has low profile tires — 195/50/16 — and a strut tower brace.
Well, the ES 2.0 models produced after 2001 were modified to handle the extra weight of the larger displacement engine, but aside from that, theres not many changes. The Protege5 models come with a stock front tower brace while the sedan does not. All models with the 2.0L engine come with the super-oddball 195/50/R16 tire size which is really hard to find.