Leganza debuted last year as the largest and most expensive model in Daewoo's three-car lineup. Daewoo (pronounced "day-woo") is a South Korean manufacturer that now has more than 200 sales outlets in 42 states. Daewoo also sells cars through its "campus advisers" college students who recruit fellow students as first-time buyers. The company promises a "no haggle" sales approach in which its cars are sold at suggested retail.
The Leganza comes in four-door styling, and at 184 inches overall, it is 4 to 5 inches shorter than the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. Appearance changes this year include a larger chrome grille and 10-spoke aluminum wheels (standard on the top-line CDX and optional on the SX).
Five-passenger seating and a 60/40-split rear seatback that folds for extra cargo room are standard. All models also come with air conditioning and power locks, windows and heated mirrors. Leather upholstery is standard on the SX and CDX models and not available on the base SE.
Under the Hood
The front-wheel-drive Leganza comes with a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 131 horsepower. The SE comes with a standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic transmission. Other models come with the automatic.
Anti-lock brakes are standard on the SX and CDX, and the CDX also has traction control.
With a base price of $13,660, Leganza is an attractively priced sedan that performs capably and comes with the features most buyers want.
However, a lot of questions remain about Daewoo, starting with how the company came up with a name like Leganza. Durability and resale value are unknowns. While the prices are low now, at trade-in time they might be rock bottom.