Back in 2002, General Motors worked with South Korea's Daewoo to produce affordable cars that can cater to people who need reliable yet affordable vehicles. One of their products is the Daewoo Lacetti, more commonly known as Chevrolet Optra. This vehicle was sold as a four-door sedan, five-door hatchback, and a five-door station wagon and was in production from 2002 to 2011 (though its 2009 to 2011 version was already known as Chevrolet Cruze). It is a budget compact family car, great for young parents, yuppies, and other people belonging to the young middle-class groups. Sold worldwide, the Lacetti had modest success owing to its budget-friendly price, sleek styling, comfortable legroom and headroom, and decent parts.
In spite of these features, the Chevrolet Optra was not received well by critics and customers. Some of the factors that caused its failure to penetrate other markets were bad fuel mileage, poor performance, and large build. Fuel economy was rated at 10.7 L/100 km for city driving, which placed the Optra at the losing end when compared with competitors Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. This frustrated some car owners because it was, after all, a compact vehicle, so it was only natural for Chevy fans to expect higher fuel mileage. Other critics also claimed that the Optra was too large for city driving, making it difficult to park in cramped parking spaces and drive in narrow streets.
Though it has its downsides, the Chevrolet Optra is still appreciated by most owners because of its durability, comfortable ride, luxury features (cruise control, air conditioning, sound system), and environment-friendly emission levels. Its modern design, layout, and elegant look (thanks to the alloy wheels, optional sunroof, and leather steering wheel) also add plus points for the Optra in the books of younger drivers. Overall, this model still scores high in performance, styling, and valuea Chevy that's definitely versatile and fun to drive. So if you have one, make sure you get high-quality Chevrolet Optra spare parts to fix damaged systems.