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2002 Daewoo Leganza

$600 — $600 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Early in 2001, Daewoo announced its intention to give its largest and most expensive model in the U.S. market a moderate redesign, perhaps for release in mid-2002. A new inline-six-cylinder engine rated at 180 horsepower is expected, and the Leganza may possibly be equipped with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). As of early fall 2001, the company had not issued details about changes to the four-door sedan.

When it entered the U.S. market in 1999, Daewoo sought to become a major player in the global auto industry, but the organization soon suffered massive financial losses. In September 2001, after several potential suitors decided against a purchase, GM signed a nonbinding agreement to acquire control of bankrupt Daewoo for $400 million. Even so, Daewoo’s future in the United States remains uncertain.

Exterior
Measuring nearly 184 inches long overall in its 2001 form, the four-door, front-drive sedan is about 5 inches shorter than the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Riding a 105.1-inch wheelbase, the Leganza is 70 inches wide and stands 56.6 inches tall. A distinctive chrome-bar grille helps give the sedan a unique look.

Interior
The Leganza is designed to carry five passengers. A 60/40-split rear seatback folds down for extra cargo space. All models have air conditioning, as well as power windows, locks and heated mirrors. Leather upholstery is standard in the SX and CDX models but is not available for the base SE sedan.

Under the Hood
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Vehicle Overview
Early in 2001, Daewoo announced its intention to give its largest and most expensive model in the U.S. market a moderate redesign, perhaps for release in mid-2002. A new inline-six-cylinder engine rated at 180 horsepower is expected, and the Leganza may possibly be equipped with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). As of early fall 2001, the company had not issued details about changes to the four-door sedan.

When it entered the U.S. market in 1999, Daewoo sought to become a major player in the global auto industry, but the organization soon suffered massive financial losses. In September 2001, after several potential suitors decided against a purchase, GM signed a nonbinding agreement to acquire control of bankrupt Daewoo for $400 million. Even so, Daewoo’s future in the United States remains uncertain.

Exterior
Measuring nearly 184 inches long overall in its 2001 form, the four-door, front-drive sedan is about 5 inches shorter than the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Riding a 105.1-inch wheelbase, the Leganza is 70 inches wide and stands 56.6 inches tall. A distinctive chrome-bar grille helps give the sedan a unique look.

Interior
The Leganza is designed to carry five passengers. A 60/40-split rear seatback folds down for extra cargo space. All models have air conditioning, as well as power windows, locks and heated mirrors. Leather upholstery is standard in the SX and CDX models but is not available for the base SE sedan.

Under the Hood
Daewoo’s 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine produces 131 hp. The SE sedan comes with a standard five-speed manual or an optional four-speed-automatic transmission. The SX and CDX models come only with the automatic gearbox. Antilock brakes are standard on the SX and CDX sedans. The CDX also comes with traction control.

Driving Impressions
Compared to other midsize sedans such as the Accord and Camry, the upscale Daewoo remains a largely unknown quantity even though it has an attractive price. Because Honda and Toyota have well-established reputations, their products have higher resale value. And because Daewoo has sold cars for only a couple years in the United States, the automaker’s reliability also is uncertain.

The Leganza is a competent automobile that promises plenty of features for the price. Performance is acceptable but uninspiring. Handling as capably as several competitors, the sedan is spacious inside and runs quietly. But assembly quality in the interior appears to fall short of the competition, and ride comfort isn’t as satisfying as some owners might prefer.

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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(4.0)

Miss my 2002 Daewoo Leganza

by Miss my Daewoo from San Antonio Tx on August 2, 2014

The 2002 Deawoo Leganza had very good handling and ABS brakes not found in my present 2006 Nissan Sentra . Also roomier . It could seat 5 adults comfortably . The Sentra isn't as roomy especially in ... Read full review

(5.0)

Just like a honda and for less than $5000!

by Moneysaver from NY on February 9, 2011

I had this car for more than 3 years now and never got any problem. It runs great, looks great and is good on gas. What else can I ask for? Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Leganza received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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