The 1999 Daewoo Lanos is available as either a four-door sedan or a three-door hatchback. Its main attraction, without a doubt, is the amount of driving that can be done on just one tank of gas. Along with its excellent fuel economy, Daewoo hoped its ability to handle the road comfortably would help the Lanos compete with a Honda or Toyota subcompact car. One of the hardest things for a car company to do is prove its reliability. Daewoo had its work cut out for them, especially entering a market that already had a host of proven models, such as the Mazda Protege and Ford Escort.
Body Styles: hatchback, sedan
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Daewoo Lanos S Hatchback, Daewoo Lanos SE Hatchback, Daewoo Lanos SX Hatchback, Daewoo Lanos S Sedan, Daewoo Lanos SE Sedan, Daewoo Lanos SX Sedan
The 1999 Daewoo Lanos is brand new to the automotive market. It was designed to compete with the likes of Honda, Toyota, and Mazda.
The dimensions of the 1999 Daewoo Lanos vary, depending on its body style. The hatchback models have a 160-inch length, 66-inch width, 56-inch height, and 99-inch wheelbase. Sedan models are about six inches longer. Both the hatchback and sedan have designs that are appealing enough to attract a nice compliment. The Lanos features body-colored front and rear bumpers, internally-adjustable door mirrors, daytime running lights, swing-out rear quarter windows, and tinted glass. A power moon roof is optional. Five exterior colors are offered on all models.
The interior of the 1999 Daewoo Lanos is roomy enough to fit five passengers. In the front, there are cloth reclining bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints, divided by a storage console. There are pockets in the doors and storage bins on the seats. The dash contains logically-arranged gauges for clear readability, conveniently-located controls for easy use, a storage console, and two integrated cup holders. In the rear, there is a 60/40 split fold-down cloth bench seat that fits three people. The Lanos features power windows and locks, dual visor vanity mirrors, a power outlet, and an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player included.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Daewoo Lanos comes equipped with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces a measly 105 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque. It is mated with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Although the Lanos lacks swift acceleration, it does offer a smooth and quiet ride and compares adequately with a Mitsubishi or Nissan subcompact car. The Lanos is built with an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a semi-independent torsion beam rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. The Lanos has smooth handling, allowing it to maneuver nicely in traffic and take corners with ease. Its power rack-and-pinion steering system gives drivers precise control over the car.
The 1999 Daewoo Lanos has driver and front passenger front-impact airbags installed. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes come optional on SE and SX models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Daewoo Lanos: 26/36 mpg city/highway
- Great fuel economy
- Comfortable ride
- Good trunk space
You Won't Like
- Lacks power
- Not many features
- Weakly built
Bargain bin value.
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