2002 Daewoo Lanos

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2002 Daewoo Lanos review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Changes are minor for the smallest model in Daewoo’s three-car U.S. lineup. Based in South Korea, Daewoo offers the Lanos as a two-door front-drive hatchback or a four-door S sedan. A Sport model is fitted with red leather seats and interior trim.

Daewoo managed a 117 percent sales increase in 2000, with more than 68,000 cars going to customers. The Daewoo automotive group has suffered massive financial losses, and as a result, the car business has been up for sale. Ford first emerged as the highest bidder, but that prospect fell through. In September 2001, GM signed a nonbinding agreement to acquire control of bankrupt Daewoo for $400 million.

Mounted on a 99.2-inch wheelbase, the two-door hatchback minicar is 160.4 inches long, while the four-door sedan measures 166.8 inches long overall. In comparison, the Ford Focus hatchback is 168 inches long, and the Focus sedan measures 175 inches. Both Lanos body styles are 66.1 inches wide and 56.4 inches tall.

Daewoo claims the Lanos will seat five occupants, despite the modest size of the exterior. The sedan’s trunk offers 8.8 cubic feet of cargo volume, while storage space beneath the hatchback amounts to 31.3 cubic feet. The split rear seatback folds down for additional cargo space. A cassette player is standard.

Under the Hood
All models use a 105-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional. Antilock brakes are optional, but side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
Compared to the larger Daewoo models, the Nubira and Leganza, and to most small cars on the market, the Lanos is loud and somewhat crude. It’s easy to drive and kind of fun on the road. The Lanos actually harks back to minicars of the past, whereas rivals such as the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio more accurately typify the modern era.

Interiors are surprisingly spacious, in view of the car’s modest external dimensions. Due to efficient packaging, passenger room is abundant even in the backseat – more so than in many larger automobiles. Stepping on the gas produces more noise than usable action, and the automatic transmission can get jumpy at times.


Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 3.7
  • Exterior styling 3.7
  • Reliability 3.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Cant belive I payd for it

Its more on the cheap side.I got one new in 2002.Mine only cost 9,199$.I own the s. I realy wish I got the nissan altima or the 2002 toyota camry.


Good car.... Shoulda kept it!

Bought it new in 2003 for $6995.00! Put 90K miles on it since. One timing belt/waterpump change was all it needed for major service. I traded it in on a Kia Rio last October, and still got over $2500.00 for a trade in. The Rio is a grfeat car, but I do miss the 'Woo!


runs with the big guys,

Great milage, comfortable, reliable, more room than some suvs. When your on the road you don't feel that you are in a small car. My son his wife and my two grand sons went to Orlando FL, to Diesny World and said it drove an rode great, got 35 miles per gal. Loved the car, they are from montana. Do you know that the Daiwoo is still being made in South Korea? And is still well built? They have a suv called a Win something. Not for US import.

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