Land Rover LR4 Review
The 2014 Land Rover LR4 ranks 14 out of 18 Luxury Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Land Rover LR4, as well as reliability and safety data.
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Though automotive critics appreciate the 2014 Land Rover LR4's extreme off-road capability and luxurious interior, most agree that other luxury midsize SUVs’ better performance and fuel economy make more sense for most buyers.
The LR4 is powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, which are both new for 2014. Test drivers say it has plenty of power to get the LR4 moving. On the pavement, reviewers say the LR4 handles well for a tall and rugged SUV, but they report that crossovers in the class are more nimble. Off-road, however, reviewers say the LR4 is tough to beat, thanks to a standard four-wheel drive system and a number of high-tech systems that make tough trails easy to handle.
Overall, test drivers think the Land Rover LR4 has a spacious cabin with excellent materials. The LR4 has standard seating for five, and reviewers say that the first and second rows are both roomy and comfortable. A third-row seat is optional, which brings the seating capacity to seven, and with the rear rows folded, the LR4 offers great cargo space for the class. Standard features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth and two USB ports, and optional features include a rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones and a navigation system. The interior receives some criticism for hard-to-read gauges, as well as its touch-screen infotainment system, which test drivers think makes some settings difficult to access.
- "The Land Rover LR4 SUV mixes off-road capability with on-road refinement and provides occupants with numerous luxury amenities." -- Cars.com
- "The fact is, if you aren't smitten just by the history behind the Land Rover badge and you truly don't have that much use for the LR4's admittedly indisputable off-road proficiency, there are plenty of utility vehicles packed with the same kind of luxury treatment -- they just lean more toward the ‘crossover’ portion of the luxury-SUV spectrum." -- Edmunds (2013)
- "Meager fuel economy and a history of questionable reliability have cast a shadow over the Land Rover LR4. If hard-core off-roading is low on your priority list, take a look at the Audi Q7 diesel, Infiniti JX, Porsche Cayenne Diesel, or Lexus RX." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
Other SUVs to Consider
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport also has an optional third-row seat, and reviewers say that it offers composed on-road performance and very capable off-road performance. The Range Rover Sport also comes with more standard features, and test drivers love its luxurious interior.
The Acura MDX seats seven, and reviewers say that it has a high-tech, comfortable cabin. The MDX also gets good fuel economy for the class, and reviewers say it offers composed handling and a comfortable ride.
Details: 2014 Land Rover LR4
The base 2014 Land Rover LR4 seats five, or seven when equipped with an optional third-row seat. Three trims are offered: base, HSE and HSE LUX. For 2014, the Land Rover LR4 sees some changes to its front-end styling, and a new supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic transmission debut. Aside from these updates, the LR4 is basically unchanged since its last redesign in 2010. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 through 2014 model years.
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