2013 Land Rover LR4 Review
Test drivers think the 2013 Land Rover LR4 is one of the most competent off-road SUVs in its class, but they say other SUVs are better choices for buyers looking for good fuel economy or a smooth-riding family SUV.
The LR4 is powered by a V8 engine that is paired with an automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is standard on all trims. Test drivers say the LR4’s strong V8 makes more than enough power for highway passing and merging. Fuel economy is very low for the class at 12/17 mpg city/highway, and the 2013 LR4 requires premium gas. Reviewers like the LR4’s off-road capabilities and say its Terrain Response system helps the SUV tackle any kind of terrain. Most test drivers are disappointed with the amount of body lean in corners, but they do note that this is due to the LR4’s tall build. The LR4 has one of the lowest reliability ratings in its class.
Automotive journalists agree that if a luxurious cabin is high on your must-have list, the 2013 LR4 will not disappoint. They say it’s filled with quality materials and has plenty of passenger space. An optional third row brings seating capacity to seven, and with the second and third rows folded down, critics say there’s ample cargo space. Some dislike the LR4’s split tailgate, saying the lower half sticks out too far and makes it hard to load items. Standard features on the 2013 LR4 include dual-zone automatic climate control, heated mirrors, leather seats, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB ports, an auxiliary jack and an 11-speaker Harmon/Kardon audio system. Features available on higher trims or in options packages include navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 17-speaker Harmon/Kardon audio system, a rear-seat DVD system, a center console cooler box, a heated front windshield, upgraded leather seats, heated seats for the first two rows, a heated steering wheel, a rearview camera and a five-camera surround camera system. The majority of reviewers aren’t happy with the LR4’s tech features. They say the navigation is slow to respond to inputs and the graphics look out of date. Some say that finding what you’re looking for in the infotainment system requires going through several menus, which takes much longer than they’d like.
- "Ultimately, the LR4 is challenged in the marketplace by perceptions more than reality, along with its hefty sticker price and thirst for premium-grade gasoline." -- Consumer Guide
- "Off-roaders in the mood to be coddled should put the LR4 on their shopping list. Families looking for a comfortable three-row SUV should keep searching." -- Cars.com (2012)
- "It is absolutely massive, as strong as an ox, and immensely capable when in its element. However, where cabin tech is concerned, it's not what you'd call intelligent. The Rover checks many of the boxes that we like to see filled on our list of available cabin tech options, but it only just barely meets our standards for what's acceptable from a modern tech car, and what's there can be difficult to use." -- CNET (2011)
Other Luxury SUVs to Consider
If you need seating for seven, the all-new Infiniti JX is a good option. Reviewers are impressed with its sleek exterior styling and second row that slides and folds forward for better access to the third row, even with a child seat installed in the second row. The all-wheel drive JX gets much better fuel economy than the LR4, but it has a less powerful V6.
The Audi Q7 is a great choice if fuel economy is a top priority. The all-wheel drive Q7 has an available turbocharged diesel six-cylinder engine that achieves significantly better fuel economy than the LR4. The Q7’s diesel engine delivers less horsepower than the LR4’s V8, but it does have more torque.
Details: 2013 Land Rover LR4
The five-seat Land Rover LR4 is available in three trims: base LR4, HSE and HSE LUX. All trims have a V8 engine, six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. A third row is available that brings seating capacity to seven. The LR4 was last redesigned in 2010 and since it sees no major changes for 2013, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2010, 2011 and 2012, as well as the current model year.