If the Land Rover LR4 is ideally suited to expeditions across Mongolia, the 2011 Land Rover LR2 is ideally suited for expeditions across Long Island, or even through the urban jungles of New Jersey into the wilds of Pennsylvania. That’s not to say that the LR2 lacks moderate off-road capabilities, but it’s more at home in the urban (or suburban) jungle than its bigger brother, and we find it to be a better daily driver, too.
Think of the 2011 Land Rover LR2 as a Land-Rover for the masses. It’s small enough that parking in most major cities isn’t a problem, capable enough to haul the family across the dunes for a day at the beach and priced within the reach of a lot more buyers than the Land Rover LR4 or Range Rover. Even though we don’t yet have crash-test ratings for the 2011 Land Rover LR2, its ideal blend of comfort, utility, rugged styling and capability appeal to us. We give the 2011 Land Rover LR2 a rating of 7 for FamilyCarGuide.
Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has crash tested the 2011 Land Rover LR2, but the SUV comes with a wide array of standard and optional safety features. All LR2 models get anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control with rollover protection, dual front and side airbags, curtain airbags and driver-knee airbags. All LR models come with all-wheel drive, and feature electronic programming to simplify the use of all-wheel drive across a variety of conditions. All 2011 Land Rover LR models get rear parking sensors, but rearview camera, lane departure warning and blind-spot detection systems are absent from the list of available options.
The Land Rover LR2 comes with all the trappings of a luxury SUV, including leather seating and genuine wood trim. The upright seating position helps with outward visibility, and there’s a decent amount of passenger room in the cabin. There’s an odd lack of cargo room compared to others in the segment, so be sure that the LR2’s hauling capabilities are up to your expectations before you sign the lease or purchase agreement.
If we like the LR2’s comfort and style, we’re not overly fond of the truck’s 3.2-liter in-line six. It produces 230 horsepower, but that’s not enough to accelerate the LR2 with any authority. Worse, the engine is thirsty, returning just 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway fuel economy. It’s paired with a decent six-speed automatic transmission, which allows the driver to manually select gears for optimal off-road traction.
The 2011 Land Rover LR2 has an unmistakable sense of Land Rover heritage about it, and that’s enough for many to justify the price of admission. There are better crossovers in the segment and more capable SUVs, but none of them wear a Land Rover badge. Perhaps the biggest shortcoming of the LR2 is that is never excels in any one area, instead remaining supremely competent in most. For all around versatility, we say the 2011 Land Rover LR2 is worth a look.
For complete details on the 2011 Land Rover LR2’s features, specifications, trim levels and available option packages, see the full vehicle review on TheCarConnection.