2002 Daewoo Nubira

  • 2002 Daewoo Nubira CDX Wagon

    CDX Wagon

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      2.0L I4
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  • 2002 Daewoo Nubira SE Sedan

    SE Sedan

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      2.0L I4
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2002 Daewoo Nubira Review

Cuts off supplies to dealerships but continues to honor warranties.

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The 2002 Daewoo Nubira is in production specifically to sell within the U.S. marketplace and comes in a sedan and wagon body style. The name may sound a bit strange, but it means, ""to go anywhere,"" and that is exactly the intent. The South Korean automaker wanted to prove that it could be able to compete in the U.S. marketplace in the lower-priced sedan sector.

The 2002 Daewoo Nubira continues in circulation mainly in used car dealerships. It is not a bad choice when shopping for a small wagon or sedan for a decent price. A two-liter four-cylinder engine generates 129 horsepower with 136 lb-ft torque and comes matched with a manual five-speed transmission. The acceleration can go from zero to 60 mph in 10 seconds, which is a reasonable acceleration for this segment. The vehicle’s low price and gas usage are two ways that owners can save money.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Daewoo Nubira SE, Daewoo Nubira CDX

What's New

The 2002 Daewoo Nubira trims down the ranks by offering a CDX wagon or a SE sedan.


The 2002 Daewoo Nubira offers standard features that include rear defogger, variable intermittent wipers, full wheel covers, and 14-inch steel wheels on both models. The higher-level CDX adds a roof rack and rear-window wiper. The distinctive appearance comes partially from the 101-inch wheelbase that makes the sedan measure 177 inches in length. This is a longer length for the segment, giving it a slight advantage over the rest.


The 2002 Daewoo Nubira has a nice design in its interior and can carry passengers and cargo equally well. The 13 cubic feet cargo capacity in the trunk area and up to five occupant capacity with a 60/40-split back seat is excellent for families that need to carry luggage and children. The child safety anchors will also be a benefit for the children riding. Other standard features that the CDX includes are power windows, power locks, power mirrors, theft alarm, remote keyless entry, and air-conditioning. All of these features are optional with the SE models. The CD in-dash player is also standard, and the CDX models can choose leather seating, if desired. The SE models do not have either of these options.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Daewoo Nubira comes fitted with the two-liter four-cylinder that produces 129 horsepower and is paired with the standard five-speed manual or can be equipped with an optional four-speed automatic transmission. The maneuvering is exceptional with the automatic transmission and is very nice to drive. The manual shifting can be a little cumbersome with more play than most drivers want to deal with and the clutch can sometimes be sticky, too. The confident handling is better than Nubira’s relative, the Lanos. The suspension can absorb most road hazards.


The 2002 Daewoo Nubira comes with standard anti-lock brakes, which are not available for the SE. Also standard are child seat anchors, front headrests, child safety rear locks, rear headrests, front seatbelt pretensioners, and electronic brake force distribution.

EPA Fuel Economy

Daewoo Nubira: 19/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Priced low
  • Spunky engine

You Won't Like

  • Unavailable ABS
  • Tires are low-grade
  • Engine is noisy
  • Cheap materials in interior
  • Impending death in market

Sum Up

Cuts off supplies to dealerships but continues to honor warranties.

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