2009 Land Rover LR3 vs. Its Competition

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

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.

Buyers looking to the 2009 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 can't claim the LR3's breadth of luxury equipment or its well-laid-out, space-efficient interior design.

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

It also has a new clean-diesel option and an especially attractive interior.

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Quick Specs
The 2009 Land Rover LR3 is built for off-roading. If you don’t plan to spend much time off pavement, you might be better matched with another choice.
The 2009 Porsche Cayenne isn’t as practical as other SUVs its size, but it handles like a Porsche.
The 2008 Audi Q7 puts a sport-ute premium on its beautifully made interior, seven-passenger seating, and sedanlike acceleration.
The 2008 Jeep Commander is good Jeep (a trail-capable vehicle), but it's not a great people mover.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is an appealing SUV with good road manners and a lofty price tag.
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4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
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4WD 4-Door V8AWD 4-Door Manualquattro 4-Door 3.6LRWD 4-Door Sport4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L
4-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
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4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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