Used 2002 Daewoo Leganza

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of features, low price, good looks.
  • Daewoo's impending death in U.S. market, questionable resale value, unproven reliability, weak engine, unrefined handling characteristics, poor offset crash test scores.
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$1,124 - $2,806

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Daewoo's new owner, General Motors, has no plans for the brand in the U.S. market -- as such, supplies to dealerships have been cut off. Although provisions will be made to honor owners' warranty claims, we'd urge you to steer clear of this situation and consider other midsize sedans.

Vehicle overview

The Leganza, whose name is derived from a combination of the Italian words "elegante" (elegant) and "forza" (power), is Daewoo's midsize sedan marketed to would-be buyers of pedestrian Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys who want a full load of luxury amenities for a cut-rate price.

Yes, the Leganza is elegant, penned by ItalDesign whiz Giorgetto Giugiaro. But powerful? Hardly. Competing against vehicles commonly equipped with V6 engines, the Leganza is handicapped in the muscle department by its only powerplant: A 2.2-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine that makes 131 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 148 pound-feet of torque at 2,800 rpm is charged with hauling around more than 3,000 pounds of sedan. Fuel economy is rated at 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway with a manual or automatic transmission.

For 2002, two trim levels are available -- base SE and upscale CDX. Standard equipment on the SE includes a five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, a driver seat-height adjuster, air conditioning with micron air filtration, a 140-watt cassette stereo, a tilt steering wheel, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a full-size spare tire and power windows, locks and mirrors. You can option the base car with a four-speed automatic transmission and the Premium Package, which adds a cassette/CD player combo and two tweeters, an anti-theft alarm system with remote keyless entry, cruise control, faux wood interior accents and a power antenna.

All of the above features and a power driver seat come standard on the Leganza CDX, which is only available with the automatic transmission. Formerly, the CDX also included a moonroof, leather upholstery, ABS and traction control; now, you must purchase these as options. Looking for automatic climate control? That's no longer part of the deal.

British suspension-expert Lotus tuned the Leganza's four-wheel independent suspension, but Daewoo obviously wanted a cushy ride, and the Leganza delivers. Weak tires howl around turns, and the ABS is substandard in refinement. Despite the inclusion of a "Sport" mode for the automatic transmission, it's best to drive the Leganza less enthusiastically than you would, say, anything else on the market.

We've found the Leganza dissatisfying, though plenty of owners report that they enjoy their cars immensely. Our specific complaints include a dearth of engine power, an easily confused automatic transmission, unrefined handling characteristics, uninspired braking ability, low-quality interior materials and a substandard audio system. We're also disturbed by the poor rating the Leganza received during crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Additionally, Daewoo's all-but-certain demise in the U.S. market could spell trouble for owners. Yes, it's true that General Motors purchased Daewoo Motor Co. in 2001, but the U.S. sales arm, Daewoo Motor America, was not part of the deal. This means that Daewoo dealerships in the U.S. will be running out of supply by the summer of 2002 (Daewoo Motor America should continue to honor current owners' warranty claims until GM sets up a trust fund of sorts). Our advice? Save yourself a headache and shop elsewhere.

2002 Highlights

The Leganza is a carryover. The midlevel SX trim has been eliminated, leaving the base SE and the upscale CDX. To help bridge the gap, the CDX has been decontented and its price lowered.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2002 Daewoo Leganza.

Average user rating: 4.3 stars
17 total reviews
5 star reviews: 53%
4 star reviews: 35%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 12%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

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  • sound system
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  • interior
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Most helpful consumer reviews

4.125/5 stars, best value out there!
nation's capital,
SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
I very pleased with my Daewoo Leganza SE manual. It was with quite a bit of trepidation that I decided to go with a Daewoo considering the uncertain future of the company. But I was impressed with the pliant ride and minimal lean upon testing driving the car. The exterior finish on my silver Leganza simply sparkles. The interior is room and comfortable. The A/C chills! So far so good!
5/5 stars, Awesome
CDX 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)
This is the best car I've ever had. A lot better than Accord or Camry in 4cyl.
4.375/5 stars, Leganza rocks
CDX 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)
This car has more features than an Accord. Same hp for the 4cyl. A bigger trunk. Same interior and exterior dimensions. Better styling. Same gas mileage. Better acceleration, and you don't have to pay a premium for the name. Say what you want about Korean cars, but don't forget where Honda and Nissan/Datsun were 15 years ago. I bought a base model a year and a half ago. I have 23,000 miles on it an I have never had a problem. I loved it so much I bought one for my wife. Obviously her's had every option, but with incentives it came to only 16,200.
2.375/5 stars, Very disappointing
CDX 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)
Had a Leganza for a brief period of time. Not even close to a Toyota. You might as well just flush your money down the drain. I think this car appeals to people who simply want to say they have leather, a CD player, etc. regardless of the quality. Admittedly, less than 20K gets you a bunch of features, sadly they are poorly built.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
18 City / 26 Hwy / 21 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.8 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 131 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 148 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Length: 183.9 in. / Height: 56.6 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
Overall Width without Mirrors: 70 in.
Curb Weight: 3102 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: N/A


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver3 / 5
Passenger3 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger3 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverNot Rated
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Daewoo Leganza a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2002 Leganza both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Daewoo Leganza fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Leganza gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg to 21 mpg, depending on the configuration. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Daewoo Leganza. Learn more

Is the Daewoo Leganza reliable?

To determine whether the Daewoo Leganza is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Leganza. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Leganza's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2002 Daewoo Leganza a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2002 Daewoo Leganza is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2002 Leganza is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2002 Daewoo Leganza?

The least-expensive 2002 Daewoo Leganza is the 2002 Daewoo Leganza SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $14,599.

Other versions include:

  • SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $14,599
  • CDX 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A) which starts at $18,599
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What are the different models of Daewoo Leganza?

If you're interested in the Daewoo Leganza, the next question is, which Leganza model is right for you? Leganza variants include SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M), and CDX 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A). For a full list of Leganza models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2002 Daewoo Leganza

Used 2002 Daewoo Leganza Overview

The Used 2002 Daewoo Leganza is offered in the following submodels: Leganza Sedan. Available styles include SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M), and CDX 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A). The Used 2002 Daewoo Leganza comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic. The Used 2002 Daewoo Leganza comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2002 Daewoo Leganza?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2002 Daewoo Leganza and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2002 Leganza 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2002 Leganza.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2002 Daewoo Leganza and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2002 Leganza featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

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We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New Used 2002 Daewoo Leganza?

Used 2002 Daewoo Leganza SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

The Used 2002 Daewoo Leganza SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $15,094. The average price paid for a new Used 2002 Daewoo Leganza SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M) is trending $13,956 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $13,956 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $1,138.

The average savings for the Used 2002 Daewoo Leganza SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M) is 92.5% below the MSRP.

Used 2002 Daewoo Leganza CDX 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)

The Used 2002 Daewoo Leganza CDX 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $19,094. The average price paid for a new Used 2002 Daewoo Leganza CDX 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A) is trending $17,674 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $17,674 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $1,420.

The average savings for the Used 2002 Daewoo Leganza CDX 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A) is 92.6% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2002 Daewoo Leganza?

2002 Daewoo Leganza SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M), 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
21 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/26 highway MPG

2002 Daewoo Leganza CDX 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A), 4-speed automatic, regular unleaded
20 compined MPG,
17 city MPG/25 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG21
Transmission5-speed manual
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement2.2 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase105.1 in.
Length183.9 in.
Height56.6 in.
Curb Weight3102 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2002 Daewoo Leganza?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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