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Land Rover LR4

As rugged as ever.

We enjoy the Land Rover LR4 even though it’s several years old. The 5.0-liter V-8 engine still pumps out a healthy 375 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque, but it’s no surprise to find out that it manages only 17 mpg on the highway. However, off-highway driving is where the LR4 really proves its worth, thanks to an adjustable air suspension and the complex Terrain Response system. Land Rovers are supposed to be able to ford rivers and climb mountains yet still look classy enough to park in front of a castle, and the LR4 certainly delivers the goods. Although no one would describe the LR4 as inexpensive, it costs significantly less than a Range Rover and almost mimics the Range Rover’s regal British exterior styling, the same base V-8 engine, and sophisticated front and rear air suspensions. Like many mid-size SUVs, the LR4 is offered with an optional third row that increases seating capacity to seven, but we find the third row best suited for small children. Although the Land Rover LR4 is a big, heavy vehicle, it is easier to maneuver around town than are several of its competitors, thanks to a low beltline, slim A-pillars, and a large rear glass area — all of which enhance outward visibility.

COMPETITORS

Acura MDX

BMW X5

Cadillac Escalade

Volkswagen Touareg

new for 2013

Land Rover gives the LR4 minor updates. A Black Design Package is now available and includes black nineteen- or twenty-inch wheels and gloss-black door handles, mirror caps, grille, fender vents, and badging. An Extended Leather Package covers the dashboard, doors, armrests, and grab handles with premium leather. There are five new exterior paint colors.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Stability and traction control; ABS; electronic brake assist; rear park-distance control; front, side, side curtain, and thorax air bags; trailer-stability assist; and rain-sensing wipers are standard. A 360-degree camera system, active headlights, and a blind-spot monitoring system are optional.

MPG

CITY 12

HWY 17

PRO

Off-road skills

Authoritative exterior design

CON

Heavy

Tight third row

Base Price Range: $49,950–$54,175

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: 4-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: LR4, HSE

BODY STYLE: SUV, 5- or 7-passenger

ENGINE: 5.0L V-8, 375 hp, 375 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: N/A

CAPACITIES: Towing 7716 lb; cargo (behind third/middle/front seats) 9.9/42.1/90.3 cu ft

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