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Angular Front Exterior View - 2010 Land Rover LR4 4WD 4-door V8

Angular Front Exterior View - 2010 Land Rover LR4 4WD 4-door V8

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3) 2010 Land Rover LR4

Tied with the LX 570 numerically, the Land Rover LR4 also scores an 8.0 out of 10, but probably appeals to shoppers more because of its sharp sheetmetal suit, British cachet and its newly invigorated range of V-8 engines. It's not quite a Range Rover, but the LR4 has amazing thrust and a well-trimmed, luxurious interior, along with an available third-row seat and legendary off-road heritage behind its badge. This flavor of Land Rover doesn't quite match the Range Rover Sport's car-like handling; gas mileage is low, and the third-row seat and cargo area sit higher than in other big utes, making them more difficult to access. The biggest concern here is the LR4's spotty reliability, as measured by outlets like Consumer Reports and J.D. Power; the other choices above have mustered at least average marks for dependability.

We've compiled these results in a Audi Q7 versus Benz GL-Class versus Lexus LX 570 comparison table for you, Stephen. And while we're at it, we'll suggest another pair of vehicles that come only in five-passenger versions. We like both the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne for their quality feel and their wide range of powertrain choices--and both will be new for the 2011 model year and significantly improved, if you have the convenience of time.
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  1. Get the LR4. It truly is an amazing SUV. It will do all the things you want, has the most storage room with the fold-flat seating, and is the best off-road.
    Get the Rover....
     
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  2. Check out the Tahoe (comes in a hybrid, too). It is beautifully appointed inside and has all the storage you would need.
     
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  3. The Tahoe? Ha! Fizz, you know and I know this would be the perfect choice for this guy, but he wouldn't drive a USA brand if it were given to him. So let him pay nearly double the Tahoe's asking price for the dolled-up Benz, and see how he likes being broken-down on the shoulder of I-70 out west someplace (for some failed $20 sensor), 200 miles from the nearest Benz dealer - and with a Chevy store in sight at the exit just ahead.
     
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  4. Thanks Trevor. I bought a black Land Rover LR4 and will pick it up tomorrow. I'm excited.
     
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