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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Neither of the agencies that crash-test cars and assess their safety have rated the LR2 yet, but comes with all the necessary safety features we'd expect on a luxury crossover today–it just doesn't have many of the advanced features.
Many of the other high-tech safety features found on the latest BMWs and Benzes are absent--features like blind-spot warning and lane-departure systems--but LR2s with the optional navigation system also get a rearview camera with an assist mode that helps drivers connect a hitched vehicle.
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.
All LR2 crossover SUVs come standard with the usual airbags (including a driver knee airbag) and stability control, as well as all-wheel drive that's integrated with those safety systems to optimize traction and response to accidents. Rear parking sensors are standard as well, and this year, Bluetooth is included on all models--it's a worthwhile inclusion, we think, because of the prevalence of talking and driving.
It lacks some safety technology--and any crash-test scores--but the LR2 now has a rearview camera.