The Daewoo Leganza entered the U.S. market in 1999 and was highly anticipated to be one of the big-players within the global automotive industry. But then financial issues took it in a different direction; the automaker suffered losses and had no other escape route but to accept a bid by General Motors. The contract signing occurred in 2001, just before the entrance of the 2002 Daewoo Leganza.
The 2002 Daewoo Leganza takes its name from two Italian words, ""elegante"" and ""forza,"" meaning elegant and power. The name is appropriate for such a luxurious midsize sedan, while it offers a much lower price than others in the same class. Utilizing a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve that generates 131 horsepower will hardly set it at the top of the power and muscle department. However, the fuel economy is exceptional; it can get approximately 28 mpg during highway travel, which is top of its class.
The 2002 Daewoo Leganza offers two trim levels, which are the base SE and the higher-level CDX. Both include a manual five-speed transmission as standard, along with air-conditioning, four-wheel disc brakes, tilt steering wheel, and power accessories. Optional packages are also available to add certain other luxury features like heated seats or remote keyless entry.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Daewoo Leganza SE, Daewoo Leganza CDX
The 2002 Daewoo Leganza eliminates the midlevel SX, leaving only the SE and CDX. To bridge that gap, the CDX lowers its price.
p> The 2002 Daewoo Leganza offers a distinctive-looking chrome grille to give a little flair to the sedan, but it's actually average in its design. The entire length measures 184 inches. Both models are fitted with 15-inch wheels and come with many options for adding features. Numerous elegant colors are available to suit any preference.
The 2002 Daewoo Leganza seats five passengers and has a folding 60/40-split rear seats that allows for additional cargo space. All models have air-conditioning as standard equipment, along with power mirrors, power locks, power windows, and heated mirrors. The CDX can opt for leather upholstery, but this is not available on the sedan base SE model. Several optional packages are available to further spruce it up. The Premium Package adds an anti-theft system with alarm, cruise control, remote keyless entry, cassette stereo with CD player, and faux wood interior accents.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Daewoo Leganza provides a 2.2-liter four-cylinder that generates 131 horsepower, but doesn’t really measure up to some of the other sedans in its class. A manual five-speed transmission is standard, and an automatic four-speed is optional. The CDX model comes with automatic only. The performance is satisfactory but some say a little uninspiring, and the handling capabilities are above average, and the ride comfort is reasonable. As far as the quality goes, it's slightly under par compared to the rivals, but the low price sets it at least within a shot of the competition. Overall, the sedan would make a nice car for saving fuel expenses and paying less to purchase.
The 2002 Daewoo Leganza now has several safety features including passenger and driver airbags, center seat belt, and anchors for child seats. Anti-lock brakes and traction control also come standard with the CDX model.
EPA Fuel Economy
Daewoo Leganza SE: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Daewoo Leganza CDX: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Several features
- Low priced
You Won't Like
- Resale value is uncertain
- Poor test scores
- Reliability unproven
- Handling traits unrefined
- Engine is weak
Extra parts no longer exist even though GM still honors the warranty claims.
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