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#7

in 2009 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $21,723 - $24,955
Original MSRP: $45,975 - $45,975
MPG: 12 City / 17 Hwy
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2009 Land Rover LR3 Interior

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The Land Rover LR3 received minor interior materials upgrades for 2009, which may alleviate past complaints about some subpar materials for the steep price.

  • "Inside, more minor upgrades include straight-grained walnut wood or black lacquer wood as standard equipment. Almond leather with Nutmeg carpet replaces Alpaca, and the third-row seat and rear climate control become stand-alone options." -- J.D. Power
  • "Our take on the LR3's cabin is mixed; get out of a Range Rover, and the LR3 feels like a cheap knockoff, but get out of a Cadillac SRX and you'll think the LR3 is opulence epitomized. If Land Rover (now owned by Ford) hasn't equaled the BMW-designed Range Rover, it has at least put together a pleasant interior." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The LR3 has a spacious, airy cabin with comfortable seats and intuitive controls." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The LR3's sophisticated walnut trim and delicious leather seats said this Rover was for the more discerning types, yet the rugged-looking center console said, 'Get some mud on me, please!' The LR3's Terrain Response system, Hill Descent Control, adjustable ground clearance, traction control, and Electronic Air Suspension scream to be taken off-road, but the LR3's lovely detailing implores me to wipe my feet." -- Mother Proof

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Seating

Reviewers found the LR3's seats very comfortable, and even complimented the third row -- which is high praise for a midsize SUV.

  • "Even with the driver's seat pushed forward to accommodate a particularly big dresser, I was comfortable driving the LR3. The high ride gives you a commanding position on the road, and the flat surfaces around you -- such as the window controls, center console and top of the dash -- seem to fit the rugged appeal of this SUV." -- The Detroit News
  • "The seats are comfortable and supportive despite firm cushioning." -- Cars.com
  • "Although the third row offers decent room, the seating mechanisms aren't as slick and easy to operate as we've experienced in the competition." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The third-row seats are fairly easy to reach and aren't just for kids, as is the case with many sport-ute third seats. Even 6-footers have decent room in them, although there isn't much legroom to spare." -- MSN

Interior Features

Reviewers generally agreed that the LR3 is loaded with a long and impressive list of modern standard interior features.

  • "From radio control knobs with just the right texture to removable storage tray liners to make cleanup easy, the LR3 is a model of ergonomic design. One editor even noted that the door panels were designed to hold a bottle of wine securely. Now that's a luxury SUV that knows its owners." -- Edmunds
  • "Many of the bewildering controls may seldom be used. ..." -- Cars.com
  • "Though not as posh as the Range Rover, the interior is stylish but businesslike - more rugged chic, less bling." -- Road and Track
  • "If the LR3 has one thing going for it, though, it's features galore." -- Automobile Magazine

Cargo

Versatile cargo capacity is one of the LR3's strengths. It features 44.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. Space is reduced to 9.9 cubic feet when the third row is in use.

  • "Sometimes we need a vehicle that can ford a river or pull an elephant out of a mud bog, but during my Land Rover test, I needed the 90 cubic feet of storage available with the second- and third-row seats folded down. The loading space isn't completely flat, but it was roomy enough to fit nearly everything from an apartment but the mattress and box springs." -- The Detroit News
  • "Numerous useful bins, cubbies in cabin, but glovebox difficult to open if passenger seat occupied." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In both versions, the rear seats fold flat to create a cargo area more than six feet long." -- Kelley Blue Book

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