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2012 Land Rover LR4 Comfort & Quality

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A refined, quiet cabin and top-drawer comfort are hallmarks of the latest Land Rover LR4, but wedge adults into the third row and you'll be forgoing nearly all your cargo space.

From the driver's seat, the LR4 affords a great view of the road ahead, as it retains the classic high driving position of truck-based SUVs. It's no crossover, but the LR4 still is comfortable--its bucket seats are shaped well, clad in leather, and are fitted with infinitely adjustable armrests. Knee room is a little lacking, though, since the center console is wide and the overall width isn't too great.

A kids-only third-row seat aside, the high-riding LR4 accommodates adults comfortably.

Passengers in the second-row seats will find easier accommodations. The ride height requires a step in that isn't needed any more in carlike crossovers (like Land Rover's own LR2), but the seats themselves are firm enough for passengers to enjoy a long ride, and visibility is good since the second row is positioned slightly higher, in a stadium-style configuration.

We'd suggest the third-row seat only for those who have a regular need for it--carpoolers or large families. The third row sits even higher than the second row, and the cushion sits high, which means even with a slightly raised roof in back, rear-seat headroom is reduced so that only small adults and children will have enough head room.

Second- and third-row seats can be folded completely flat to open up a vast cargo space of up to 90 cubic feet. Factor in two gloveboxes, huge cupholders, and plenty of cubbies for smaller items throughout, and the LR4 has the goods for a cluttered, frenetic family environment.

The predecessor LR3 had a reputation for unreliable operation, and the LR4 swaps in new electronic controls for the entire vehicle and a new engine-so buyers should understand both before signing on.

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