The Land Rover LR2 looks the part of a rugged SUV--and it plays the part in its poor gas mileage, too.
Like many of the newly introduced luxury crossovers, the LR2 posts mediocre fuel economy numbers. The EPA rates the LR2 at 15/22 mpg, lower than the Mercedes-Benz GLK and Audi Q5, and pretty well off the mark set by the Volvo XC60--a vehicle that shares the LR2's architecture and powertrain, but one which comes in a front-drive model with less weight and therefore better efficiency.
The latest BMW X3, with turbocharging, benefits from an eight-speed automatic to generate EPA figures of 19/27 mpg. For comparison, even the bigger, much less expensive, seven-seat Kia Sorento gets an 18/24-mpg score from the EPA.