The 2002 Daewoo Lanos was the smallest of Daewoo’s lineup for the U.S. market. Manufactured in South Korea and hoping for success in the American market, it did not fare well with U.S. customers for various reasons. Daewoo since went out of business. GM eventually signed an agreement to gain control of the automotive group and will continue to service and honor warranties for current owners of the hatchback or sedan. It continues in circulation in the used car market and can still offer a well-priced automobile to the shopper on a budget. Every model comes with a 1.6-liter, DOHC, four-cylinder, 16-valve engine that produces 105 horsepower with 106 lb-ft torque. The engines couple with a manual five-speed with the option of choosing the automatic four-speed tranny.
The 2002 Daewoo Lanos model lineup consists of the hatchback base S and the sedan S model, along with the upper-level Sport hatchback. The base models come equipped with a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split rear folding seat, four-speaker stereo with cassette player, and 14-inch wheels. The hatchback Sport model comes with all of the previously-mentioned features. It adds the elegant and sporty-looking red leather upholstery, alloy wheels, side skirts that match body color, steering wheel wrapped in red leather, and a rear spoiler.
Body Styles: sedan, hatchback
Engines: 1.6 liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Daewoo Lanos S, Daewoo Lanos Sport
The 2002 Daewoo Lanos hatchback and S sedan gets a Comfort Package that includes power steering and air-conditioning. The Convenience Package adds power locks, power windows, and power exterior mirror.
The Daewoo Lanos has a fair-sized wheelbase that measures almost 100 inches on the hatchback models and 166 inches for the sedan. The models have two doors and four doors on the hatchback and sedan, respectively. A rear spoiler is added to the Sport model for enhancing the exterior appearance. Additionally, 14-inch wheels are fitted on all of the Daewoo Lanos models, both hatchback and sedan body styles.
The 2002 Daewoo Lanos Sport model has the most beautiful look and feel with its unique red leather trim. It's made to seat five passengers, although the small exterior would lead shoppers to believe otherwise. The sedan's trunk can carry about 8.8 cubic feet of volume, and the storage inside of the hatchback is larger, measuring in at 31.3 cubes. A cassette player comes standard on all models when the vehicle is equipped with the optional package mentioned above. It has very modest dimensions and the efficient packaging allows an abundance of room for passengers, even the ones riding in the rear seat. It's a step above most in its class in this regard, which is to its advantage when other features are so lacking.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Daewoo Lanos is powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that generates 105 horsepower and is mated with a manual four-speed transmission. An automatic four-speed transmission is available as an option. The transmission is a bit jumpy sometimes, and the acceleration yields more noise than most drivers want.
The 2002 Daewoo Lanos includes standard safety features such as lap belts for rear passengers, child seat anchors, seatbelt pretensioners in the front seats, rear drum brakes/ventilated front disc brakes, and electronic brake force distribution. There are several safety features that are available as options including airbags and alert systems.
EPA Fuel Economy
Daewoo Lanos: 22/32 mpg city/highway
- Fun in the turns
- Styling is snazzy
- Sticker price is cheap
You Won't Like
- Unavailable ABS
- Interior materials low-grade
- Engine whines
- Reliability uncertain
Although supplies don’t exist, dealerships honor warranties.
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