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#17

in 2011 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $36,935 - $40,078
Original MSRP: $47,650 - $51,900
MPG: 12 City / 17 Hwy
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2011 Land Rover LR4 Performance

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Reviewers say the 2011 Land Rover LR4 is a comfortable around-town companion, but it won’t leave you stranded when the pavement ends. Power is good, but, as is the case with most off-road SUVs, the fuel economy is poor. On the other hand, reviewers say that when you’re rolling through the bush or cruising around town, the LR4 is so agreeable you may not mind paying extra at the pump.

  • "To alleviate the clumsiness, Land Rover redesigned the LR4's front suspension, increased the stiffness of the anti-roll bars, and retuned the dampers. The results are better body control, reduced body roll, and improved compliance and ride quality." -- Car and Driver
  • "Turning the steering wheel at speed feels natural, and it's easy to appreciate the improvements. The large 7-passenger SUV responds naturally, being neither overly stiff nor floaty." -- Road and Track

Acceleration and Power

The LR4 features a 5.0-liter V8 engine shared with Jaguar and other Land Rover models and paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It makes 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. Reviewers say that’s enough power to move the hefty LR4 with authority. Thanks to new direct-injection technology, the added power doesn't take a toll on fuel economy, which remains unchanged – and bad. According to the EPA, the LR4 is expected to net 12 mpg in the city and 17 on the highway.

  • "Our drive from Edinburgh to the Duke's crib included a mix of freeway, twisty, and hilly roads, on which the LR4 exhibited a carriage-to-chariot level improvement in acceleration feel, with way more midrange punch and a more pleasing engine note." -- Motor Trend
  • "This isn't acceleration that will lead anyone to confuse the LR4 with a sports car, but we'd say that the power has made the transition from insufficient to sufficient." -- Car and Driver
  • "Indeed, our test LR4 accelerated like a much lighter vehicle." -- Edmunds
  • "A new 5.0-liter V-8 engine shared with the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport is the sole engine, but it's a good one." -- Road and Track
  • "Fuel economy is dismal." -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

Test drivers find the 2011 LR4 especially nimble for its size, with a comfortable yet responsive on-road demeanor.

  • "LR4 rides comfortably in nearly any situation. Body control is generally good, but we notice some float and wallow over bumps. Some pavement imperfections can send a shudder through the cabin, but that's not unexpected from a traditional truck-type SUV." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Although the LR4 corners flatter than an LR3, there is still a considerable amount of body roll present in a turn." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Our LR4 feels lighter on its feet than its 5,833 pounds would suggest, especially because there's a reduction in head toss and that top-heavy feeling that comes from driving off-road in a tall, boxy vehicle." -- Edmunds
  • "We know better than to expect much steering feel from a dedicated off-roader (that extremely geared-to-the-road feel can tend to result in kickback that could take a thumb off when you're rock-climbing), but the effort and weighting feels about right." -- Motor Trend
  • "Standard 19-in. wheels house large brakes, which felt secure and capable even when compared to the Brembos of the supercharged Range Rover Sport." -- Road and Track

Off-Roading

Though few would consider this upscale SUV a rugged machine, the 2011 LR4 excels when it's taken off the pavement. The LR4 has a Terrain Response System that lets drivers set the LR4’s responses for different terrains, including rock, sand, snow and soft dirt. The LR4 also has a gradient release control feature for its hill descent control system. The hill descent control system works to help bring the LR4 down steep and challenging terrain safely, with minimal driver inputs. The result of all the high-tech systems, reviewers say, is that the LR4 can make almost anyone look like an off-road pro.

  • "Vital parts like the alternator, air conditioning, power steering pump, and starter motor have been waterproofed to aid in the LR4's water fording abilities. Speaking of water fording, it's important to remember off-road ability is a cornerstone of the Land Rover brand. All Land Rovers are basically very luxurious British Jeeps, not pretentious luxury trucks." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "By placing the Land Rover's Terrain Response system into the appropriate setting (general driving, grass/gravel/snow, mud and ruts, rock crawling), the LR4 basically takes care of lifting the vehicle and tailors the throttle response and shift patterns to suit the conditions. Coupled with the excellent traction-control system and the automatically locking center and rear differentials, the LR4 makes it easy to take advantage of the available traction." -- Car and Driver

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