If you want a vehicle that goes more in the direction of traditional off-road ability, you might consider the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, a roomy four-door SUV with most of the modern safety features of the LR2.
However, the Wrangler doesn't offer the other's interior comforts, handling, or ride.
If off-road ability takes second place to practicality for the daily commute, then the RDX, X3, and EX each have their merits.
The Infiniti EX35 is perhaps the least practical and the sportiest for on-road driving.
It has attractive styling, but sacrifices interior roominess.
The RDX has a more spacious interior that rivals that of the LR2, yet it handles very well, and its turbo four-cylinder engine feels perkier than the LR2's; the RDX is more fuel-efficient as well.
Priced a little higher is the BMW X3, a vehicle that isn't quite as fashionable inside as the EX, RDX, or LR2, but has very competitive performance.
One downside to the X3 is that its choppier ride lags behind the others (except the Wrangler).
Finally, check out the new 2010 Volvo XC60, which offers the same engine as the LR2 but with a more family-oriented Volvo flavor and is configured for a sportier feel on the road.
|2009 Land Rover LR2Browse Used Listings||2010 Volvo XC60Browse Used Listings||2008 Acura RDXBrowse Used Listings||2008 Jeep WranglerBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy|
|Inline 6||Gas I6||Gas I4||Gas V6|
|Sport Utility||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|AWD 4-Door HSE||AWD 4-Door 3.2L w/Moonroof||4WD 4-Door||4WD 2-Door X|
|Four Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||4 Wheel Drive||4-Wheel Drive|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||5 Door Wagon||4 Door||2 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic,||Automatic w/OD||Manual|