Gas mileage is on the upswing at Land Rover, and with a powertrain transplant from its Evoque sibling, the 2013 LR2 is more efficient this year.
Last year's LR2 drew power from an in-line six that wasn't the most frugal engine in its class--not even close. At 15/22 mpg, it was rated below even the Mercedes GLK and Audi Q5, and was well off the mark set by the Volvo XC60---a vehicle that shared its architecture, but also offered a front-drive model.
This year, the LR2 adopts the Evoque's 2.0-liter, 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder and an eight-speed automatic. It's good for a bump to 17 miles per gallon city, 24 miles per gallon highway, according to the EPA, or a combined rating of 20 mpg. That puts it closer to the competition, even to the much more powerful BMW X3.Though Land Rover has access to a diesel powertrain in other markets, it's not expected to offer the option in the U.S.