Land Rover LR4 Performance
The 2014 Land Rover LR4 has great off-road abilities, but according to most reviewers, other luxury midsize SUVs are more fun to drive on pavement. A new engine and transmission for 2014 improve fuel economy, but only slightly.
Acceleration and Power
For 2014, the Land Rover LR4 has a new engine and transmission. A supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 340 horsepower is standard, which is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, the LR4 gets 14/19 mpg city/highway. While that's better than the 2013 model’s fuel economy estimates of 12/17 mpg city/highway, the LR4's fuel economy still isn’t great for its class.
Reviewers say that the LR4’s new supercharged V6 provides plenty of power, and that the LR4 only needs small throttle inputs to get going.
- "With all the torque created by the new supercharged 3.0-liter V6, not much pedal input is needed to get the LR4 going." -- AutoTrader
Handling and Braking
Most reviewers note that the 2014 Land Rover LR4 is a heavy, tall SUV that's built for off-roading. The majority of reviewers say it's nimble, given its limitations, but they write that car-based crossovers in the class are more fun to drive.
- "On pavement, the LR4 is smooth, taut, composed and in control." -- AutoTrader
- "Steering feel is accurate, and grip is surprisingly good for such a tall, heavy vehicle. Unfortunately, said tall build makes for marked body lean in even moderate-speed turns." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "As most LR4s will spend the bulk of their time on the pavement, we're less enamored of the effect this SUV's off-road-oriented high center of gravity has on handling; most competing luxury crossovers feel more secure going around corners." -- Edmunds (2013)
- "Underneath, the constantly adjustable suspension system with automatic load-leveling helps to control the ride. We like these variable systems for their adaptability, but there will be no mistaking that this is not a corner cutter.” -- Left Lane News (2013)
The 2014 Land Rover LR4 offers buyers a choice of two four-wheel drive systems. The standard system uses a single-speed transfer case, while the optional system has a two-speed transfer case. A Terrain Response system is standard on all models, which allows the driver to optimize performance by dialing in settings for paved roads, as well as grassy, gravely, snowy, muddy, rocky and sandy conditions. A height-adjustable suspension is also standard, and an available around-view camera system allows the driver to monitor wheel placement in tricky off-road situations. Most reviewers agree that the LR4 has excellent off-road chops, and they note that high-tech features like the standard Terrain Response system further enhance its capabilities.
- "The LR4 is one of the few U.S.-market SUVs still built with body-on-frame construction. This arrangement adds weight but also proves highly capable off-road. Add to that the LR4's electronic controls for differential, braking and air suspension systems and you'll understand why few vehicles can compete with the LR4 on or off the road.” -- AutoTrader
- "Then high-tech electronic features like Land Rover's Terrain Response System and Hill Descent Control manage it all so effectively that the LR4's owner needs to do little more than twirl a console knob to conquer ridiculously difficult conditions." -- Edmunds (2013)
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