2012 Land Rover LR2 vs. Its Competition

2012 Land Rover LR2
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

More so than with the Acura and Infiniti compact crossovers, the 2012 Land Rover LR2 lines up with its Continental compatriots.

There's the Audi Q5, a much sleeker-looking crossover with ample performance, but a high pricetag and a stiff ride, even with its adjustable suspension.

The latest BMW X3 is spacious and very swift, with a far nicer interior than the vehicle it replaced in 2011.

Volvo's XC60 and the Cadillac SRX are prettier crossovers with more safety features and less promise of off-road capability.

Of all the competing vehicles, the LR2 most resembles the Mercedes-Benz GLK, with its square-jawed styling and moderate off-road ability, though we prefer the GLK's superior straight-line performance and its steering.

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2012 Audi Q5 quattro 4-door 2.0T Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi Q5
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2012 BMW X3 AWD 4-door 28i Side Exterior View2012 BMW X3
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2012 Cadillac SRX FWD 4-door Performance Collection Angular Front Exterior View2012 Cadillac SRX
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2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class RWD 4-door Side Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class
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2011 Volvo XC60 FWD 4-door 3.2L Angular Front Exterior View2012 Volvo XC60
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Quick Specs
7.8
More street-friendly than other Land Rover utes, the 2012 LR2 has some of the SUV hallmarks in a much more city-friendly size.
8.2
The 2012 Audi Q5 is one of the
8.4
A great-looking crossover with its most carlike performance yet, the BMW X3 also has more interior room and better materials than before.
8.0
With a smooth new engine and a rich, uniquely American interior, the 2012 Cadillac SRX appeals to those who want a lot of luxury and flair but don't require driving excitement.
8.2
Rugged looks and lower gas mileage put the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class in an SUV state of mind, but its ride and handling are more carlike than you'd think.
8.6
The 2012 Volvo XC60 is an attractive, well-designed family luxury vehicle, with a class-leading roster of innovative safety and tech features.
MSRP From     
$35,700$35,600$37,100$35,985$35,880$33,300
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas I6
EPA Class     
Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 2WD2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
AWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumAWD 4-Door 28iFWD 4-Door BaseRWD 4-Door GLK 350AWD 4-Door 3.2L
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveAll wheel driveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleCrossoverSport Utility Vehicle5 Door Wagon
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual TransmissionAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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