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Land Rover LR2

Finally, an upgrade.

For 2013, the Land Rover LR2 gets a new engine: the excellent 2.0-liter turbocharged in-line four found in the Range Rover Evoque, which replaces the 3.2-liter in-line six that only managed 15/22 mpg ratings. The new turbo four produces 240 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque in the LR2, exactly the same as it does in the Evoque. Neither Land Rover nor the EPA have yet confirmed fuel-economy ratings for the LR2, but the Evoque with the same engine manages 18/28 mpg. Other changes for 2013 are less drastic, consisting mostly of revised headlights and taillights, a new center stack that features a seven-inch touch screen, and a new instrument panel that features the familiar five-inch digital display found in other Land Rover models. The LR2 still features Land Rover’s signature Terrain Response system, which allows the driver to switch settings to a variety of preconfigured scenarios, ranging from sand to mud to snow, so that any off-roading situation can be tackled with assurance, but the familiar dial has been replaced with an array of buttons similar to the Evoque’s. Although the LR2 is the least expensive vehicle in the Land Rover fleet, it no longer feels like a last-generation entry in this very competitive segment.

COMPETITORS

Audi Q5

BMW X3

Mercedes-Benz GLK

new for 2013

The LR2 gets a 2.0-liter turbo in-line four borrowed from the Evoque. With the new engine, the LR2 is much more fuel efficient and packs more power. Slight exterior design changes include the available appearance pack, which adds privacy glass, front foglights, headlight washers, and eighteen-inch, ten-spoke alloy wheels. A new dashboard and center-console design keep the interior fresh.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

ABS; front, side, and side curtain air bags; a driver’s knee air bag; traction and stability control; electronic brake-force distribution; corner brake control; roll stability control; emergency brake assist; hill-descent control; a tire-pressure monitoring system; park-distance control; and rain-sensing wipers are all standard. A rearview camera is optional.

MPG

CITY 18

HWY 28

(est.)

PRO

Punchy engine

Refreshed interior

CON

Aging exterior design

Least prestigious Land Rover

Base Price Range: $37,250–$42,350

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: 4-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: LR2, HSE, HSE LUX

BODY STYLE: SUV, 5-passenger

ENGINE: 2.0L turbo I-4, 240 hp, 250 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: N/A

CAPACITIES: Towing 3500 lb; cargo (rear seats up/down) 26.7/58.9 cu ft

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