Land Rovers' LR4 may well offer more capabilities than many perspective buyers will ever need or even use. In these days when the sole use of many SUV's is errands around town or chauffeuring the kids back and forth to school or activities, the LR4 offers a large amount of dedicated off road tech that will never get a workout. This new for 2010 revision of the 2005 Sport Utility Vehicle of the year is a classic upright Land Rover design earned a unanimous win in a Motor Trent 2010 Sport Utility comparison test in Death Valley.
It remains a machine full of luxurious appointments wrapped in one of the most off road capable packages in the automotive world. Improvements to the Iconic Terrain Reponses system, retuning of the already very capable suspension, and new interior full of creature comforts. The best of the new however, is the engine. The LR4 is now using Jaguar's 5.0 liter power plant. This DOHC V-8 featured Direct Injection and produces a prodigious 375 HP, nearly a hundred hp more than the old 4.4 liter it replaces.
Engine: 5.0L V-8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Models: V-8, HSE, HSE PLUS, HSE LUX, HSE LUX PLUS
As noted, the LR4 is a thorough refresh of the highly praised LR3 that preceded it. Everything is better -- including the much-appreciated horsepower increase. This beauty will easily carry seven adults, too.
The look is a subtle revise of the LR3. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard, as are fog lights and rear parking sensors. After five years on the road, Land Rover's shape still looks fresh and modern.
Wow. Think "Range Rover cabin." In addition, cool tech abounds -- such as the five-camera surround-view parking system. Add the optional third row for seven seats. Max cargo: a whopping 90 cubic feet.
Performance & Handling
Thanks to its advanced all-wheel-drive hardware and sophisticated, newly improved Terrain Response system, the LR4 is as unstoppable as they come. Yet the LR4 is thoroughly refined on-road, too, with brilliant steering and a smooth, fluid ride. Max towing is a lofty 7716 pounds. The downsides: a massive 5750-pound curb weight and a thirst for premium fuel.
Airbags are everywhere -- dual front, front side, and curtains for all three rows. And with its stability systems and Terrain Response versatility, the LR4 can literally pull you out of almost any situation.
EPA Fuel Economy
All models: 12 mpg city/17mpg highway
- Supreme off-road prowess
- Huge, hedonistic cabin
- Buttery V-8
- Swiss Army-knife versatility
You Won't Like
- Paying big-time at the pump
- Getting it dirty
Indiana Jones in a sheetmetal suit
If You Like This Vehicle
- Audi Q7
- BMW X5
- Lexus GX460
- Mercedes-Benz GL-Class