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2012 Land Rover LR2 Safety

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It's difficult to peg the crashworthiness of the Land Rover LR2, since official tests haven't been run.

Neither the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)  nor the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has put the LR2 through their crash-test paces. We're giving the LR2 credit here for the generally higher level of safety experienced with crossovers--especially one related structurally to Volvos--and to the usual list of mandatory safety gear.

Some of the higher-tech safety features found on other luxury crossovers are missing from the Land Rover LR2's equipment list.

Every LR2 includes dual front, side, and curtain airbags, with an additional driver-side knee airbag. Also standard are anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control with rollover protection. The LR2's all-wheel-drive system also incorporates electronic controls that can improve traction in tandem with stability control, aside from the inherent benefit of AWD itself.

Rear parking sensors are standard as well on the LR2, but many of the other high-tech safety features found on the latest BMWs and Benzes are absent--features like a rearview camera, blind-spot warning and lane-departure systems.

Visibility is mostly good from the driver's seat. The driving position is somewhat low, compared to other Land Rover vehicles, and wide rear roof pillars can block some of the view. In the 2011 model year, the LR2 adopted larger side mirrors to help drivers stay on the lookout for potential trouble.

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