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1999 Daewoo Leganza Review
Perfect for the budget family.
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The 1999 Daewoo Leganza is a front-drive, compact sedan that is identified as a luxury model. It faces fierce competition, entering a market dominated by the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Mitsubishi Galant. Daewoo is relying on its low entry-level price, combined with good gas mileage and many attractive features. The Leganza does not deliver powerful acceleration, but it does offer convenience features that make it a pleasurable car to own. Passengers will enjoy a comfortable ride with plenty of room.
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Daewoo Leganza SE, Daewoo Leganza SX, Daewoo Leganza CDX
1999 marks the first year the Daewoo Leganza is available in the United States. It is entering a market to compete against popular Toyota, Honda, Ford, and Mitsubishi models.
The 1999 Daewoo Leganza is approximately 184 inches long, 70 inches wide, 57 inches high, with a 105-inch wheelbase. It has an attractive design that is both modern and appealing to the eye. The Leganza features body-colored front and rear bumpers, chrome trim on its rear, daytime running lights, heated power door mirrors, and front fog lights. A power moon roof comes standard on CDX models and is optional on SE and SX models. The Leganza weighs approximately 3150 pounds and sits on 15-inch wheels. Alloy wheels are optional.
The interior of the 1999 Daewoo Leganza 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 and cup holders. There are pockets in the doors and storage bins on the seats. The dash contains logically-arranged gauges, conveniently-located controls, and a storage console. In the rear, there is a cloth bench seat with a fold-down armrest in the center. Up to three people are able to fit on the seat. The Leganza features power windows and locks, a ventilation system with four fan speeds, driver and passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, and an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player included.
Performance & Handling
All models of the 1999 Daewoo Leganza come packed with a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces a paltry 131 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. It is mated with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. It does not offer strong acceleration, but makes up for it with a smooth and quiet drive.
The 1999 Daewoo Leganza is built with an independent strut front and rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. This setup provides a stable and comfortable ride. It handles comparably well with other cars in its class, giving drivers the ability to take sharp corners easily and maneuver in traffic nicely. Its variable-assist power steering allows drivers to be able to control the car with accurate precision. One downside of the car is noticeable body roll.
The 1999 Daewoo Leganza is equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels. There are driver and front passenger front-impact airbags installed. Child safety locks are used on the rear doors. An anti-theft system is included to provide enhanced security. The NHTSA gives the Leganza ?poor? crash test ratings for passenger protection during front and side-impact collisions.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Roomy interior
- Comfortable ride
- Good fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Lack of features
- Difficult to find parts
- Poor crash test ratings
Perfect for the budget family.
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