2002 Daewoo Nubira

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2002 Daewoo Nubira

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2002 Daewoo Nubira review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Slotted between the subcompact Lanos and the midsize Leganza in both size and price, Daewoo’s Nubira comes as a front-drive compact sedan and wagon. The sedan comes in base SE and step-up CDX price levels. The Nubira wagon is available only in the CDX trim.

Daewoo had big plans when it entered the U.S. market for the 1999 model year, but since then, the South Korean automaker has run into serious financial woes. Despite a 117 percent sales hike in 2000, with more than 68,000 cars going to customers, Daewoo has remained for sale. Ford first emerged as the highest bidder, but that sale fell through. In September 2001, GM signed a nonbinding agreement to acquire control of bankrupt Daewoo for $400 million.

More distinctive in appearance than a lot of smaller cars, the Nubira rides a 101.2-inch wheelbase and measures 177 inches long overall, which is 2.4 inches longer than the Honda Civic sedan. The Nubira is 66.9 inches wide and stands 56.3 inches tall.

The Nubira seats five occupants. The trunk holds 13.1 cubic feet of cargo, and the 60/40-split rear seat folds down for additional space. With the backseat folded, capacity increases to nearly 32 cubic feet.

Remote keyless entry with a theft alarm, air conditioning, and power windows, locks and mirrors are standard on the CDX model and optional on the SE. An in-dash CD player is standard, and the CDX can be fitted with optional leather seating. Neither of these features is available on the SE.

Under the Hood
A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine develops 129 horsepower and teams with a standard five-speed manual or an optional four-speed-automatic transmission. Antilock brakes are standard on the CDX sedan but not offered on the lower-priced SE model.

Driving Impressions
More refined and considerably more substantial than the little Lanos, the Nubira takes aim at the likes of the Toyota Corolla and undercuts nearly all competitors with its low prices. Because of its short life in the marketplace and its questionable future, the Nubira’s reliability and durability are still unknown.

A comfortably composed ride and ample front/rear passenger space must be matched against performance that’s no more than adequate for this league. The Nubira exhibits more confident handling than the Lanos, and its suspension absorbs a sizable share of road imperfections. With an automatic transmission, the Nubira is exceptionally easy to drive and maneuvers well. The manual-shift Nubira proved to be considerably less pleasing by exhibiting excessive driveline “play,” and it is imperfectly matched to an ill-behaved clutch. Sound insulation is better than that of the Lanos.


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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 3.6
  • Value for the money 4.0
  • Exterior styling 3.8
  • Reliability 3.8

Most recent consumer reviews


An alright commuter

This car is really not that bad a commuter for only $500. The only issue I see with owning a Daewoo Nubira is parts availability in the US. A rare bird, indeed!


Excellent Car excellent people can't wait to do it

This car got me through to work wasn't what I wanted but was a great deal so would do it again we don't it again would recommend


dont regret buying this car most reliable.

cheap and reliable car to have. bought from a friend and dont regret it one bit wish they had more on the road.

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