2013 Land Rover LR4 Review

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Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor
October 26, 2012

The 2013 Land Rover LR4 is a confident, capable off-roader with an upscale luxury interior, but it's all SUV--and it drives like it.

With new appearance and feature options for 2013, the Land Rover LR4 offers buyers off-road capability in its traditional, boxy form. For 2013, the LR4 gets five new exterior colors, a new extended leather package, and a new Black Design package that includes black alloy wheels and exterior accents.

While it's the most traditional-looking of Land Rover's current range, with tall, upright sides and boxy angles meeting short overhangs in a package that's best described as safari-chic. The LR4's cabin is a good balance of form and function, with rich wood veneers and soft-touch materials and a clean control layout--and without any plasticky bits.

As tall and boxy as it is, the 2013 Land Rover LR4 is nonetheless graceful in its own way. Steering is a bit numb and slow on the road, but is very controllable, as is the chassis. Four-wheel drive makes the LR4 stable in bad weather, though the nearly 6,000-pound vehicle does still require grip to slow and turn. With a potent 5.0-liter, 375-horsepower V-8 engine under the hood, the LR4 is relatively brisk at 7.5 seconds to 60 mph. A six-speed automatic transmission isn't the supernumerary wonder found in modern sedans, but it shifts smoothly and ties in brilliantly to the LR4's off-road capabilities, which are impressive.

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Hill Start Assist, Gradient Acceleration Control, and Terrain Response systems all come together in the 2013 LR4 to deliver on the SUV's rugged underpinnings, as well as the four-corner height-adjustable air suspension. Impressively capable on the trails, on a wide variety of surfaces--the Terrain Response even has specific settings for many conditions, like "mud and ruts" or "sand and dunes".

With either five- or seven-passenger seating, the LR4's cabin is refined and quiet, with excellent comfort for the first and second rows, even for taller occupants. The ride is rather plush as well.

Starting at $49,950 for 2013, the LR4 feels luxurious throughout, with ample features and available options. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth, rear parking distance control, a nine-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and dual-zone climate control among other features. Step up to the HSE to get access to the optional Premium Leather package and power-adjustable side bolsters, or the HSE Lux for goodies like a center console cooler, interior mood lighting, and access to the optional Extended Leather Package.

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