2007 Land Rover LR3 Review
The LR3 maintains acceptable on-road handing, very good braking and exceptional off-road capabilities. Though it delivers a long list of standard convenience and safety features, it can't match the power and reliability of others in its class. If you're in the market for a luxury midsize SUV, you should also consider Lexus RX or the Acura MDX, or for serious off-roading, consider the more expensive but well-regarded Toyota Land Cruiser.
Reviewers generally say the 2007 Land Rover LR3 offers solid handling, versatile passenger/cargo room, and many modern standard convenience and safety features. Nevertheless, weak powertrain combinations, poor fuel economy and questionable reliability detract from its overall appeal. In fact, Car and Driver cited those factors when they placed the LR3 eighth out of eight in a mid-size SUV comparison test. The LR3 -- which until a 2005 complete redesign was called the Discovery -- is available in three separate trim levels and two engine options: The V6 SE, V8 SE and V8 HSE. According to Automobile Magazine, "The LR3 represents the other end of the SUV spectrum with more tanklike architecture and as many toys as Land Rover could squeeze in along with real space for seven adults." Kelley Blue Book adds, "If you and your family spend weekends traveling deep into unexplored territories, this vehicle stands a good chance of getting you there -- and back." Nevertheless, Forbes reports that it has "weak acceleration for the class." Most reviewers attribute this to the LR3's curb weight of nearly three tons. Combined with a history of electrical problems, and what Consumer Guide describes as "subpar" fuel economy and resale value, it's no wonder Cars.com claims, "If dealing with these issues is what it's like to be a luxury SUV owner, I'll gladly remain po'."
Altogether, IntelliChoice gives the 2007 Land Rover LR3 a rating of "worse than average" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership compared to other vehicles in its class. However, Kelley Blue Book asserts that "the LR3 truly is the most competent SUV in its price range" and Road and Track adds that the price on the entry level SE model is "very reasonable."