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Land Rover LR4 Performance

Most reviewers think the 2015 Land Rover LR4 has sufficient power in most situations, a comfortable ride and composed handling. Still, critics mention that the LR4's rugged construction that contributes to its great off-road capability means that it is not as agile as a number of rivals, and it gets low fuel economy for the class.

  • "As appealing as the LR4 is, however, it's important to ponder how much you really need its formidable off-road capability. It's a big reason why the LR4 weighs nearly 3 tons, resulting in certain compromises in the areas of on-pavement maneuverability, performance and fuel economy." -- Edmunds
  • "The LR4 remains slow, and if you get the 20-inch wheels, the ride isn't the greatest. It's also not particularly fuel efficient at 16 miles per gallon combined (I hit just below that). But it's a vehicle that doesn't feel like anything else, and it offers genuine off-road capability in a class where almost nothing else does. It's an unabashed SUV, and if you can live with that, it will happily work for you." -- Autoblog (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 LR4 is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 340 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. At an EPA-estimated 15/19 mpg city/highway, the LR4's fuel economy is low for the class.

Some auto journalists report that the LR4's heavy weight results in lackadaisical acceleration, especially if there are lots of passengers or cargo on board. Still, most reviewers say there is sufficient power for passing on the highway and note that the eight-speed transmission is responsive and makes the most of the engine's power.

  • "The 2015 Land Rover LR4 is a heavy vehicle that seldom permits you to fully forget its mass, but the 340 hp from the smooth but snarly supercharged V6 holds its own. At least most of the time. With a full load of passengers or gear, the LR4 tends to lope more than gallop, but the supercharged engine has fine responses and the superb shifting from the eight-speed automatic transmission always has power at the ready for most situations. …" -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2014)
  • "On the road, the results are as expected. With 5,600 pounds of body fat to move about, perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised by the updated LR4's lack of pace. It feels especially slow pulling away from lights, before the engine hits its torque peak. At higher speeds, things do improve - mid-range punch is certainly adequate, and the LR4 feels decidedly better when accelerating on the highway." -- Autoblog (2014)

Handling and Braking

The LR4 has standard four-wheel drive and an adjustable air suspension that can be used to raise and lower the vehicle. Most critics say that the air suspension helps the LR4 remain comfortable on bumpy roads. Some add that the LR4 has precise steering and composed handling despite its large size, though others say it has a fair amount of body lean through turns.

  • "The adjustable air suspension rounds off the corners of even the nastiest bumps and potholes and does its best to keep the body fairly level during cornering, despite its high center of gravity." -- Edmunds
  • "Unlike other SUVs, the LR4 feels very sturdy in sharp corners. It has a high-riding and tall body but carries most of its weight down low. It's this relatively low center of gravity, coupled with the LR4's sophisticated suspension system, that allows it to stay level during cornering." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "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)

Off-Roading

The 2015 Land Rover LR4 comes standard with four-wheel drive and a single-speed transfer case. A four-wheel drive system with a two-speed transfer case is optional. Land Rover's Terrain Response system is also standard, which offers different drive modes for diverse types of terrain, including snow, mud and ruts, sand and rock. Test drivers agree that the LR4's overall design and various suspension components contribute to the LR4's formidable off-road capabilities, which distinguish it from most other SUVs in the class.

  • "Naturally, the Land Rover LR4 really shines brightest after you've left the civilized world far behind, thanks to its sophisticated four-wheel-drive system. Equipped with the optional low-range transfer case and locking rear differential, this luxury SUV will handle the wilds of Namibia as easily as it does the parking lot at Nordstrom." -- Edmunds
  • "The LR4 certainly has its place, being one of the few midsize SUVs of any stripe with genuine off-road credentials (other Land Rovers not withstanding)." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 (2014)
Review Last Updated: 4/13/15

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