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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
cargo space is to-die-for
LR3 offers a commanding driving position
leather seating is firm but comfortable
Kelley Blue Book
vast cargo space
Experts at TheCarConnection.com love the overall space available in the 2009 Land Rover LR3—but a few points could be better designed for usability.
ConsumerGuide explains that the 2009 Land Rover LR3 "offers a commanding driving position with comfortable and upright seats." According to Cars.com, "Eight-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats...are standard." The reviewer also notes that the "seats are comfortable and supportive despite firm cushioning."
ConsumerGuide points out that the LR3 "is the only Land Rover with seven-passenger seating." Second- and third-row seats are "unusually comfortable, with ample headroom and legroom." The third row is a bit awkward to get into and out of, though "the suspension's access setting helps ease entry and exit." Kelley Blue Book warns that "although the third row offers decent room, the seating mechanisms aren't as slick and easy to operate as we've experienced in the competition."
Edmunds notes, "in terms of everyday usability, the LR3 shines, with fold-flat second- and third-row seats, and a vast cargo space with a maximum of 90 available cubic feet." ConsumerGuide has mixed reactions on storage and cargo issues: "some testers say it complicates loading and unloading, while others praise its versatility." MotherProof, however, declares that cargo space is "to-die-for," noting that they "shoved so much into the back of this car, and it swallowed everything and even seemed to want more." They also point out "two glove compartments and mucho cupholders."
The 2009 Land Rover LR3 distinguishes itself from the previous year's model by costing a lot less in its base version. Fortunately, however, nothing seems to have been ignored. ConsumerGuide notes that "interior materials are of high quality," but the Land Rover LR3's "gauges have small print that makes them difficult to read at a glance...The controls are a somewhat confusing jumble of switches, knobs, and buttons, [and] radio, navigation, and climate systems are hard to decipher." Edmunds admires the "comfortable and well-appointed interior...[but] testing experiences have shown that build quality isn't universally solid."
ConsumerGuide reports that as far as extraneous sound levels aboard the Land Rover LR3 are concerned, "some highway-speed wind noise is the only demerit of note."
The 2009 Land Rover LR3 is a mixed bag: lots of seats but no good way to get to them, and plenty of cool features that have confusing, frustrating controls.