2008 Land Rover LR3 vs. Its Competition

2008 Land Rover LR3 4WD 4-door HSE Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Buyers looking to the 2008 Land Rover LR3 as a fashion statement should consider the Jeep Commander, which also has tall, boxy styling and serious off-road ability.

However, the Jeep doesn't have the LR3's breadth of luxury equipment or its well-laid-out, space-efficient interior design.

Then there are several large European SUVs in a similar, if not slightly pricier range.

The Audi Q7 has some measure of off-road ability, though it's configured more for good on-road performance.

However, it's very heavy, and its fuel economy is almost as low as the LR3's.

The Porsche Cayenne is a bit lighter and more road-oriented, matching a sporty exterior to a more basic interior design that parallels those in Porsche sportscars, but it's not nearly as roomy inside.

The Mercedes M-Class offers an especially intriguing alternative for those who are conscious about gas-guzzling: the diesel ML320 CDI, which gets 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway.

2008 Land Rover LR3 4WD 4-door HSE Front Exterior View2008 Land Rover LR3
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2008 Audi Q7 quattro 4-door 3.6L Premium Angular Front Exterior View2008 Audi Q7
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2008 Mercedes-Benz ML5502008 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2008 Land Rover LR3 is hard to justify for fashion alone, but if you're living an off-road lifestyle, it's one of the best.
7.8
The 2009 Porsche Cayenne isn’t as practical as other SUVs its size, but it handles like a Porsche.
8.8
The 2008 Audi Q7 puts a sport-ute premium on its beautifully made interior, seven-passenger seating, and sedanlike acceleration.
8.0
The 2008 Jeep Commander is good Jeep (a trail-capable vehicle), but it's not a great people mover.
8.6
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is an appealing SUV with good road manners and a lofty price tag.
MSRP From    
$48,525$44,600$42,500$28,330$44,000
Gas Mileage    
12 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V8Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
4WD 4-Door SEAWD 4-Door Manualquattro 4-Door 3.6LRWD 4-Door Sport4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L
Drivetrain    
4-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
75575
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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