Land Rover LR4 Performance
Critics agree that the Land Rover LR4 is better-suited for off-road driving than most of its rivals, but even on the pavement, they say its handling is poised and its V8 provides more than enough power for passing on the highway.
- "For a vehicle that resembles a brick on stilts, LR4 is impressively quiet. Low levels of road and wind noise put it on par with most of its more aerodynamic rivals." -- Consumer Guide
- "Despite its off-road pedigree, the LR4 has fairly composed road manners around town and on the highway." -- Cars.com (2012)
- "Jostling ride aside, the Rover LR4 handled fairly well for a vehicle of its size." -- CNET (2011)
Acceleration and Power
The 2013 Land Rover LR4 has a 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The LR4 requires premium gas and gets 12/17 mpg city/highway, which is one of the lowest fuel economy ratings in the class.
Test drivers say the LR4’s V8 has plenty of muscle to move the heavy SUV. They also like the LR4’s transmission, saying it delivers power when needed for quick merges and passing maneuvers.
- "When let loose from a stop, the LR4's 375-horsepower, direct-injection, 5.0-liter V-8 feels expectedly potent, but where it really shines is in midrange power. An alert, smooth, six-speed automatic transmission furnishes reserves of power for highway passing and merging. Actually, it feels pretty lithe for something this heavy - almost 6,000 pounds." -- Cars.com (2012)
- "The V8 is smooth and punchy, which is saying something given the LR4's tremendous curb weight (more than 5,500 pounds)." -- Consumer Guide
- "… 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 (2011)
Handling and Braking
Test drivers think the 2013 LR4 delivers a fairly comfortable ride and has precise steering. However, they note that it has more body lean in corners and over bumps than they’d like. The LR4 can tow up to 7,716 pounds and has standard full-time four-wheel drive.
- "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
- "I noticed a little float and wander at highway speeds, though not as much as you might expect from this tall, trucklike SUV. It did, however, lose some composure over larger potholes and railroad tracks. … The ride was on the firm side, but never uncomfortable." -- Cars.com (2012)
- "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 (2011)
- "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 (2011)
Critics say the 2013 LR4 shines when it ventures off-road. Standard off-road aids include a full-time four-wheel drive system with a two-speed transfer case and lockable center differential, an air suspension that can be raised and lowered to increase or decrease ground clearance, hill descent control, hill start assist and a Terrain Response system that optimizes the LR4’s suspension and drivetrain for the best performance when driving over mud, gravel, grass, snow and rocks.
- "All that height makes the LR4 is a supremely capable off-roader, probably better than the fancier Range Rover. Land Rover's Terrain Response System takes most of the guesswork out of venturing away from the beaten path." -- 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 (2011)
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