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in 2012 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $41,695 - $48,917
Original MSRP: $48,900 - $48,900
MPG: 12 City / 17 Hwy
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2012 Land Rover LR4 Performance

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Reviewers say the 2012 Land Rover LR4 is a fairly 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 and the handling isn’t exactly impressive when compared with crossover-type rivals.

  • "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
  • "Jostling ride aside, the Rover LR4 handled fairly well for a vehicle of its size.” -- CNET

Acceleration and Power

The 2012 LR4 features a 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque that is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Reviewers say that’s enough power to move the hefty LR4 with authority. However, its fuel economy is downright bad for a midsize SUV, even for one with standard four-wheel drive. According to the EPA, the LR4 gets 12/17 mpg city/highway. That’s worse than a four-wheel drive GMC Yukon XL, which gets 15/21 mpg. Plus, the LR4 drinks premium-grade fuel, increasing its annual gas bill even further. Land Rover says the LR4 is rated to tow up to 7,716 pounds.

  • "The V8 delivers good acceleration in this weighty SUV. Land Rover says 7.5 seconds 0-60 mph, which feels a bit optimistic to us. The 6-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, but some testers complain of delayed downshifts when more power is needed.” -- Consumer Guide
  • “Robust engine output and hefty mass equal high fuel consumption—15 mpg in our trek, the thirstiest here. Still, crew members appreciated the V-8’s rumble, at least for a while, as well as its passing abilities on two-lane highways." -- Car and Driver

Handling and Braking

Test drivers find the 2012 LR4 fairly comfortable, with good steering and a relatively smooth ride. However, like other truck-based SUVs, it has more body lean in tight corners than a crossover SUV would.

  • "The steering is nicely weighted, and the tires are grippy. On road, LR4 suffers from noticeable body lean in fast turns. … The brakes are easy to modulate and provide strong stopping control.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "On public roads, the same suspension that soaked up the bumps when bouncing around in the mud combined with the SUV's tall stance, high center of gravity, and relatively stiff air suspension to create a good deal of body motion when traversing simple speed bumps and potholes. We found ourselves bouncing around in our seats considerably more than we were comfortable with.” -- CNET
  • “That tall profile suggests sport-fisherman-style transient responses. This initial visual impression proved accurate over the road, inspiring logbook notes about body roll, squat, and dive.” -- Car and Driver

Off-Roading

As befits its Land Rover badge, the 2012 LR4 excels when it's taken off the pavement. Standard off-road aids include a four-wheel drive system with a two-speed transfer case and two locking differentials, an air suspension that can be raised and lowered to increase or decrease ground clearance and the 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 hill descent control system that works to help bring the LR4 down steep and challenging terrain 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.

  • "Off road, this SUV inspires confidence, as we would expect from a Land Rover. The Terrain-Response system takes out most of the guesswork.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "We spent the better part of an afternoon romping around in the dirt and mud, climbing hill after hill until an attempt at a nearly vertical climb (we estimate it at a 65- to 70-degree angle of inclination) stopped the Rover in its tracks.” -- CNET

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